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Karakachanov Levels Accusations at Macedonia and Dimitrov

According to Bulgarian Defence Minister Krasimir Karakahanov, though his country isn’t against the Intergovernmental Conference between Macedonia and the EU, it believes it is not the time for that. He says that Bulgaria’s authorities adopted the “framework position” last October due to Macedonia’s non-compliance with the good-neighbourliness deal. Karakachanov considers that former Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov did nothing over a ...

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Latest Developments in 2013 Violence in Centar Case

Former VMRO-DPMNE Daniela Rangelova will not be part of the 2013 Violence in Centar case. The charges against her, Milan Andonovski, and Borce Bogdanovski were withdrawn on Wednesday. Evidence and witnesses didn’t show that Rangelova, who was at that time a Councillor, could have some blame. Criticising Hristijan Mickoski, Rangelova invited him to a televised debate. The Prosecutor’s Office asked ...

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Interior Minister Spasovski Comments on Several Topics

Answering journalists’ questions on Thursday, Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski said the fines for PM Zoran Zaev, Health Minister Venko Filipce, and the Deputy PM for Fighting Corruption, Sustainable Development, and Human Resources, Ljupco Nikolovski, for not wearing a helmet had sent a message that the law applied to everyone. According to him, the different dates on the documents are not ...

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No Issue over Ratification of Deals with Skopje, Says Petsas

There is no issue when it comes to the ratification of the deals with Skopje, Greek Government spokesperson Stelios Petsas says, answering a question about both some media reports in Greece and the SYRIZA spokesperson’s post on social media that New Democracy can’t find an MP that would be a rapporteur in Parliament on the three deals with the neighbouring ...

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Research Shows Systemic Weaknesses in Fight against Nepotism

Nearly 19 laws concerning the area of employment in the country represent systemic weaknesses in the fight against nepotism, Transparency International – Macedonia’s (TIM) latest analysis, “Vulnerability to Corruption Assessment of the employment policies and procedures, with special focus on nepotism, cronyism and clientelism” shows. State Commission for Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) President Biljana Ivanovska points out that nepotism-related issues ...

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Trial over Zaev’s Defamation Lawsuit against Nikoloski Postponed

The trial over the defamation lawsuit filed by PM Zoran Zaev against VMRO-DPMNE Vice President Aleksandar Nikoloski has been postponed for 20 November. Zaev’s lawyer appeared at Thursday’s hearing, whereas the PM didn’t. Nikoloski said the lawsuit was absurd. He believes that Zaev, as the plaintiff, should be summoned and testify. The PM is seeking 60,000 denars in compensation for ...

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New EU Delegation Head Geer: Rule of Law is Key Area

The key area on which Macedonia should focus in the period ahead is the rule of law, the new Head of the EU Delegation, Ambassador David Geer, assessed following Wednesday’s meeting with PM Zoran Zaev. According to him, that will be both the first chapter opened in the negotiations with the EU and the last one closed. As Geer added, ...

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Security Council Holds 8th Session

The security situation in the country is stable. There are no bigger threats, while relevant agencies are following the potential new wave of migrants and threats from fighters who have returned from the Middle East, the Operational-Technical Agency, General Staff, intelligence, and national security heads have informed the President, Stevo Pendarovski. The COVID-19 pandemic is still a challenge, it was ...

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President Pendarovski Delivers Address to UN General Assembly Session

In his video address to the general debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, President Stevo Pendarovski said the region faced unresolved political and historical disputes that had the potential to “take us back to the 1990s”. As he added, the solution to those problems lies only in overcoming historical myths, with the way out certainly ...

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Zaev Believes Historical Issues shouldn’t be Avoided

Goce Delcev is a Macedonian revolutionary, but it’s a fact that Bulgarians consider him to be a Bulgarian one, according to PM Zoran Zaev. “We have Delcevo, a city named after the revolutionary. Bulgarians have the city of Goce Delcev. There are statues of him everywhere. Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov and I bowed together at both the statue of Delcev ...

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