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Court of Appeals Affirms 2 Year Prison Term for Gruevski

The Appellate Court in Skopje dismissed an appeal by former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, as being ‘groundless’, against a ruling over a two-year prison sentence. The Skopje court partially upheld an appeal by a defendant, namely the former associate interior minister, Gjoko Popovski. It changed a section of the sentencing decision and sentenced him to a 4.6 years in prison ...

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Macedonian – German Forum on Politics and Economy

Macedonia and Germany have close and deep cooperation and share excellent business relations, which is a stable foundation for the future, it was concluded by participants in the second Macedonian-German forum “Building Bridges – Politics and Economy”. The forum was organized Friday in Skopje by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Institute for Social Research – MK 91. Last year, ...

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President Ivanov Meets Czech Leaders

President Gjorge Ivanov, on day two of his official visit to the Czech Republic, met with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, Chairman of the Lower House of Parliament Radek Vondráček, and Milan Štěch, President of the Senate of Parliament of the Czech Republic. At their joint meeting, Ivanov and Babiš confirmed their commitment to improving mutual friendship and support at ...

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Church Upholds Decision for Maintaining Name

The Archbishopric Council of the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric (MOC-OA) reaffirmed its position that the name of the MOC should not be changed and that the name of the country should not be changed as well. This decision was reached after the MOC Council held its annual session on Friday and Saturday in a monastery in the village ...

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Novo Selo Mayor Stojcev Tenders Resignation

Novo Selo Mayor Boro Stojcev has tendered irrevocable resignation from his post, citing moral reasons. SDSM previously appealed to Stojcev to renounce his post, noting a procedure was launched for Stojcev’s exclusion from the party. The Strumica Prosecution demanded that the conditional sentence against Stojcev dating back to 2015 be activated after he was apprehended on 10 July this year ...

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VMRO-DPMNE Central Committee Session: Referendum Rejected

VMRO-DPMNE’s Central Committee does not recognise the referendum result, assessing it as fabrication wherefore on Friday the party will lodge criminal charges with the Prosecutor’s Office against 200 people, presidents, deputies and members of election boards in Struga, Centar Zhupa, Kicevo, Zhelino, Bogovinje, Plasnica and Saraj. As the vice president of the party Aleksandar Nikolovski stated following the session, VMRO-DPMNE ...

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DUI Central Presidency: Time for solutions not Elections

This is not the time for early parliamentary elections, but for finding solution that will allow implementation of the Prespa Agreement in parliament. This was concluded by the DUI Central Presidency following the session in Mala Recica. The possible snap polls would interrupt the dynamic of the Prespa Agreement implementation and might lead to serious blockade of the integration processes ...

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Justice Minister Deskoska at Tirana Forum on Justice and Home Affairs

Macedonia will keep implementing the reforms, not only to meet the EU membership criteria but first and foremost for the benefit of its citizens, Justice Minister Renata Deskoska told Thursday the EU-Western Balkans Ministerial Forum on Justice and Home Affairs in Tirana. The reforms are being implemented under the national judicial reform strategy 2018-2025, which should strengthen the independence and ...

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Czech President Welcomes Macedonian Counterpart in Prague

The low turnout in the referendum may be a result of boycott, indifference or poorly defined question and it’s up to Macedonia to come to a conclusion on the matter, Czech President Milos Zeman said Thursday in Prague at a joint press conference with his Macedonian counterpart Gjorge Ivanov. It’s a fact, Ivanov said, that the referendum in Macedonia was ...

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Russian FM Spokeswoman Accuses West of Interferance in Macedonia

Western countries are aiming to drag Macedonia into NATO even after a referendum on changing the country’s name was held there, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Thursday, TASS reports. “The continuation of heavy-handed outside interference in Macedonia’s internal affairs is evident,” Zakharova stressed. “The goal is obvious – to drag Macedonia into the alliance at any ...

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