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Potami leaves Movement for Changes, Name Issue Agreement main reason

Тhe Greek political party Potami decided to leave the Movement for Changes, citing differences in the positions about the Name Issue Agreement with Macedonia as main reason for the break of the alliance. “We favour a solution of the Macedonian issue, because we do not want our neighbouring country to become a fertile soil for Putin and Erdogan,” said party ...

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Free Healthcare for All Citizens of Macedonia from 2019, Zaev announces

Тhe PM Zoran Zaev announced during the MP Questions Session in the Parliament that the Government will introduce free healthcare for all citizens starting from 1 January 2019. “Our target in the health sector is to introduce the free hospital treatment for all citizens as of 1 January 2019. Until now, this was possible only for children from families receiving ...

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PM Zaev, MP Jovanovski have Row in Parliament

During the MP Questions Session in the Parliament of Macedonia, VMRO-DPMNE MP Krsto Jovanovski leveled a series of accusations and offensive words at PM Zaev concerning the Name Issue Agreement with Greece. “You are traitors, and the agreement for your treachery is signed with the damn hand of yours. You are cowards, who sold the sacred name of Macedonia only ...

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Parliament Revote on Name Issue Agreement Ratification scheduled for 5 July

A session in which MPs will vote again for the law ratifying the name agreement has been scheduled on Thursday (July 5), it was agreed Monday in a coordination meeting of Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi and coordinators of parliamentary groups. Last week, a decision of President Gjorge Ivanov was forwarded to the Assembly saying he would not sign the decree ...

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PM Zaev: Talks for EU Accession a Historic Decision

In an Interview for Deutsche Welle (DW), Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev says that as the EU opens its gates, Macedonia would “proudly walks through them”. “There is no other description for this decision: It is a historic one. We have a date for negotiations: June 2019. Until then, together with our friends and partners from the European Commission, we will ...

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Greek Organisations demand Annulment of Name Issue Agreement

The Greek Federation of Cultural Associations of Macedonians and the Pan-Macedonian Associations of Macedonians in Diaspora have submitted to the Greek Constitutional Court a request for annulment of the Macedonia-Greece Name Issue Agreement and the letters Greece sent to NATO and EU for removal of the veto on Macedonia’s accession. The signatories of the letter claim that the agreement between ...

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Macedonia to start NATO Accession Process on 12 July

Citing sources from within high positions in the Government of Macedonia, the Macedonian Informative Agency (MIA) reports that Macedonia will officially receive the invitation for becoming NATO’s 30th member-state and start membership talks on 12 July 2018. “The signing of the accession protocol is expected in January 2019, following the implementation of Macedonia’s obligations stemming from the name agreement. The ...

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Peskov: Macedonia’s NATO Integration is their Sovereign Right

The Spokesperson of the Russian Government Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the recent events concerning the accession of Macedonia to NATO, said that the integration in the Alliance is Macedonia’s sovereign right. “That’s the sovereign affair of Macedonia itself. We appreciate and value our good relations with Macedonia and are interested in cultivating our relations. However, as far as efforts to ...

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Vice-PM Osmani: Team for Screening Process to be complete by 17 July

The Vice-PM for European Affairs Bujar Osmani announced at a press conference on Saturday that Macedonia will complete its team for the screening process for M accession in the EU by 17 July 2018. “We will have to produce names by July 17, when the screening process is to be launched. This includes the chief political negotiator and the technical ...

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PM Zaev at Joint Press Conference with EP President Tusk

This is a good week for your country and for the Western Balkans. The EU ministers set out the path towards opening accession talks with Macedonia and with Albania in June 2019, and in just a few hours, I expect that the EU Heads of States will endorse this decision, European Council President Donald Tusk told a news conference in ...

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