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NATO Sec Gen Says Accession Talks could be Completed by 2019

NATO has said Macedonia could become a member of the Alliance in 2019 provided that it accepted the Prespa Agreement. The accession talks with Macedonia could be completed in January 2019 and the country could join NATO as early as the beginning of next year, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Speaking Tuesday at a news conference in Brussels, ...

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Luxembourg FM Says Prespa Agreement Implementation Advisable

Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn says that Macedonia could wait for another decade if the Prespa Agreement is not endorsed in the Parliament. FM Asselborn, who was the key person in June’s decision of giving Macedonia an EU accession talks date, says there is no success in politics without a sense for compromise. “One needs to assess things well in ...

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SEC Publishes Final Results

The State Election Commission (SEC) has confirmed that total 666,743 citizens voted at the referendum which accounts for 36.91 % of the registered voters. The institution that organized the referendum noted that all records had been processed and the referendum question was affirmatively answered by 609,813 voters – 91.46 %, whereas 37,700 voters – 5.65 % were against. 19,221 votes, ...

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International Observers Says Referendum Administered Impartially

Although the legal framework did not sufficiently cover all aspects of the process, the 30 September referendum in Macedonia was administered impartially and fundamental freedoms were respected, the international observers concluded on Monday. The absence of an organized ‘Against’ or boycott campaign meant the media struggled to provide balanced coverage, although they did convey extensive information and a diverse range ...

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PM Zaev: Attempt for Securing 2/3 Majority, Otherwise Snap Elections

In a matter of few days, we shall know whether there will be an ambiance for reaching an agreement with the opposition for a two-thirds majority that is necessary to vote for the constitutional changes in the Parliament that are a result of the Agreement with Greece.  This was stressed by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in a statement at the ...

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President Ivanov Says Referendum Failed

The silent majority has decided, the reality is that the referendum failed. Do not attempt to change this reality, President Gjorge Ivanov said in an address to the nation. “Do not attempt to change this reality, do not underestimate the sovereign will of the Macedonian people. A 36.9% turnout is not the will of the people, 63.1% that didn’t come ...

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MoFA Denies Reports on Dimitrov’s Resignation

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) strongly condemns any malicious attempts to spread fake news and categorically denies disinformation that the Foreign Minister, Nikola Dimitrov, has resigned. “The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, as he has done so in the past, will keep being committed to the European and Euro-Atlantic future of the country with a firm belief ...

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Mickoski Interview: Referendum Ends Skopje-Athens Name Deal

The opposition VMRO-DPMNE parliamentary group is monolithic and still considers that the name agreement failed to gain legitimacy in yesterday’s referendum, party’s leader Hristijan Mickoski said in an interview with ‘Alfa’ TV. VMRO-DPMNE, he said, is ready for snap elections, but the process must be preceded by completion of certain activities. ‘We have an Electoral Code. At one of the ...

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Initial Referendum Results

The State Election Commission informs that out of 3,464 processed polling stations of total 3,513 i.e. 86.42 % of referendum votes, total 661,393 people i.e. 36.87 % voted at the referendum out of all registered voters in Macedonia. Of them 605,016 voted in favour and 37,312 people voted against accepting the name agreement with Greece for the country’s joining the ...

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PM Zaev Addresses Citizens after Referendum Conclusion

Macedonia and citizens have shown that they are part of the family of European countries and nations. The success is joint regardless of the organised boycott by VMRO-DPMNE, said PM Zoran Zaev, following the conclusion of the referendum. “Now the vote of citizens should be transposed to political activity in parliament,” said Zaev. Following the presentation of results, the PM ...

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