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PM Zaev: 2/3 Majority to be secured through Talks

PM Zoran Zaev stated on Tuesday he cannot confirm whether two/third majority was reached in parliament to adopt constitutional amendments, voicing optimism, however, that through inclusive debate the progressive element will prevail. “This cannot be stated by anyone. This can be said at the moment of decision making, of course through the debate in parliament. In the talks we saw ...

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AFET Adopts Report on Macedonia

The European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) by 47 votes ‘for’, nine ‘against’ and one ‘restrained’ adopted Tuesday the report of rapporteur Ivo Vajgl on Macedonia, which supports a launch of the country’s EU accession talks in June of 2019.  The EP report on the 2018 European Commission Report on Macedonia should now be adopted at the EP plenary ...

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Hearing in Parliament Incident Case

Nikola Vojminovski charged with murder attempt on AA leader Ziadin Sela in his testimony before the court said from what he could hear the plan was for President Gjorge Ivanov to declare state of emergency and some people to be arrested. Answering questions, he said he had entered the parliament with the intention to help the injured. He said that ...

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German Chancellor Merkel Extends Support to Zaev

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel has sent a letter to Macedonian Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev to express her support for his government. In this letter, Merkel says that time has come to take important decisions for the future of the country. Merkel also stressed that the Prespa agreement offers a historical opportunity for the country and strengthens relations with neighbouring ...

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Government: Report on Components for NATO Accession Talks Adopted

At its regular session Tuesday the Government reviewed and adopted a report on the components of the accession talks for NATO membership the Republic of Macedonia should join on October 18-19 in the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels. The government also reviewed and adopted a report for establishing a Working Committee on Macedonia’s integration with NATO. At today’s session a report ...

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Armakolas: Prespa Agreement Foundation for Future Friendship

The Prespa Agreement is the foundation for the friendship between the two countries. It is unpopular to a certain extent in both countries, but important for them and the region, said Ioannis Armakolas of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) on Tuesday. Armakolas expects the process of the agreement’s implementation to be sensitive in Greece, but expressed ...

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Government Forwards Text for Amending Constitution to Parliament

At Monday’s extraordinary session the government reviewed the proposal for amending the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia and defined the text. It was afterward forwarded to the Parliament as confirmed by PS Talat Xhaferi. As Government spokesperson Mile Bosnjakovski informs the government proposes adding the adjective North in the name of Republic of Macedonia before the word Macedonia. It ...

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Ex Minister Jankuloska Sentenced to Six Years in Prison in ‘Tank’ Case

Former Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska was sentenced to six years in prison for her part in the procurmeent of a Mercedes in value of over 600,000 euro.  Jankuloska is the third ex public office holder convicted for the disputable procurment of the Mercedes in the case codanamed Tank. Previously, former Assistant Interior Minister Gjoko Popovski was issued 6.5 years prison ...

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Stoltenberg: No Plan B for Macedonia

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reiterated Monday that the implementation of the name agreement with Greece is the only way to Macedonia’s NATO membership, and that there is no other way or plan B for the country’s admission to the military alliance.  “NATO is ready to accept Macedonia as the 30th member very soon after the implementation of the name agreement, ...

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Samaras: Future Greek Governments to be free from Agreement Obligations

We will not let them sell our Macedonia. I always supported the idea that we cannot give to Skopje the name Macedonia because simply put, from that moment on, everyone will begin officially addressing them not as Northmacedonians, Uppermacedonians, but only as Macedonians, said the former Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, during his speech in front of the members of ...

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