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Greek MFA: Institutions should React to Name use not in Line with Name deal

The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has sent a letter to institutions in which Greek delegations are warned to react immediately if they spot name and terminology use that is not in line with the Prespa Agreement. They’re told not to sign documents and deals if the name is misused. Also, it’s explained that the terms “Macedonian Government” or ...

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27 April case: Ex-PS Veljanoski and Two former Ministers arrested

On Wednesday, MP and ex-PS Trajko Veljanoski and former ministers Spiro Ristovski and Mile Janakieski were arrested under the suspicion of being organisers of the 27 April 2017 attacks in Parliament. After the interrogation at the Criminal Court, a 30-day detention measure was issued for the ex-ministers. Veljanoski, however, will not be detained because of his MP’s immunity. Prosecutor Vilma ...

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Mickoski: Arrests being Made on Basis of hearsay

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski held a press-conference on Wednesday as a result of the latest developments in the 27 April case. “It’s become clear that SDSM is in free fall. They will suffer a heavy defeat, first in the presidential elections and then in the early parliamentary ones,” the VMRO-DPMNE leader stated. The goal of the arrests of VMRO-DPMNE members, ...

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Latest developments in Relation to Alleged nepotism Cases

On Wednesday, SDSM MP and Sec Gen Aleksandar Kiracovski’s father-in-law quit his job at an ELEM-owned company in Bitola. According to Kiracovski, he’d asked him to withdraw. “He accepted, even though his engagement was legal,” the SDSM MP said. The same day, Kanal 5 TV reported that ELEM Director Dragan Minovski’s wife had since October worked as Chief of the ...

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Presidential race: Zaev-Sela meeting Postponed

Wednesday’s meeting between PM and SDSM leader Zoran Zaev and Alliance for Albanians leader Ziadin Sela over support in the presidential race was postponed. Sela had gotten angry because of the revocation of the competences of Gostivar Mayor Arben Taravari, who is also the Alliance for Albanians Sec Gen, in the field of education. According to Zaev, there is room ...

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Trump congratulates Zaev on commitment to Name deal Implementation

US President Donald Trump has sent PM Zoran Zaev a letter in which he congratulates him on the leadership and commitment to implementing the Prespa Agreement. “On behalf of the American people, I congratulate you on the implementation of the Prespa Agreement,” Trump says in the letter. As he adds, the deal is a testament to Zaev’s brave leadership. “Through ...

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Deputy PM Osmani holds Meetings in Brussels

On Wednesday, the Deputy PM for European Affairs, Bujar Osmani, held a meeting in Brussels with the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini. They talked about several topics, including the enlargement process and Macedonia’s perspectives. “A start of the negotiations with the Republic of North Macedonia this year, according to Osmani, will represent also a ...

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Ruling majority Close to deal on Consensual presidential Candidate

The ruling majority is close to a deal on a consensual presidential candidate. Optimism was expressed following PM Zaev’s meeting on Tuesday with the leaders of Alternative and DPA, Afrim Gashi and Menduh Thaci, respectively. Names aren’t publicly being mentioned, but party sources told Telma TV that Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski, FM Nikola Dimitrov, Defence Minister Radmila Sekerinska and NATO ...

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SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE trade Accusations over Presidential race

Ex-ambassador Gjorgi Filipov is the only one that has applied within the frameworks of SDSM’s competition for potential presidential candidates even though the deadline expires today.  SDSM spokesperson Kostadin Kostadinov explains that “this is a process of self-nomination”. As he adds, municipal organisations, too, have an opportunity to nominate potential candidates by 3 March, when the Congress will be held. ...

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Kostadinov’s Mother and Misovski’s son Quit jobs Following public Reactions

The public pressure has given its first results. SDSM MP and spokesperson Kostadin Kostadinov’s mother, Fanija Kostadinova, has quit her job at the Central Register in Strumica. MP Goran Misovski’s son, too, has done the same at the Security Agency. It remains unknown whether other relatives of officials will follow suit. ELEM says that no employee has announced termination of ...

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