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Lazarevski Testifies in Trial over Target-Fortress Case

After 18 months, the trial over the Target-Fortress case has started. Tuesday’s hearing saw Gjorgji Lazarevski, the whistle-blower from the Interior Ministry’s Fifth Administration who helped take out the discs containing thousands of illegally wire-tapped conversations, testify. Lazarevski talked about the wire-tapping activities. During a phone conversation with a colleague of his, Zvonko Kostovski, who is a witness in the ...

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VMRO-DPMNE to be part of Constitutional changes Debate

VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs will be part of the debate on the constitutional changes that will start on Wednesday. As it was said following the coordination meeting of the party’s parliamentary group on Monday, they will fiercely unmask all constitutional amendments. Presenting the conclusions, the coordinator of the parliamentary group, Nikola Micevski also said the party had decided against being part of ...

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Reconciliation Commission still not Formed

The formation of a Reconciliation Commission issue will be discussed at the coordination meeting that will most on Tuesday. PS Talat Xhaferi’s regular coordination meeting on Monday with deputy heads and coordinators of parliamentary groups wasn’t attended by the coordinator of the independent group of VMRO-DPMNE and the Coalition, Elizabeta Kanceska Milevska, due to obligations related to the visit by ...

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Austrian National Council President Sobotka Delivers Address in Parliament

Within the frameworks of his visit to Skopje, Wolfgang Sobotka, President of the Austrian National Council, delivered an address in Parliament. As he said, the constitutional changes needed for the name change represent a moment of parliamentarism. “Brave steps are needed,” Sobotka pointed out. According to him, though he understands that the issue isn’t simple for opposition MPs and that ...

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Interior Ministry taking Measures in Relation to Sunday’s Incident in Tetovo

The Interior Ministry is taking all measures regarding Sunday’s incident involving supporters in Tetovo, according to Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski. “Regarding supporters that were chanting nationalist messages in Tetovo, measures are being taken within the frameworks of the Tetovo Internal Sectors concerning either group. Today, we’ve issued a special task in the area of prevention so that we work with ...

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Interior Minister Spasovski addresses Debate on UBK reforms

A scientific-expert conference on reforms of the Security and Counter-Intelligence Administration (UBK) was held on Monday. As Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski said at the event, after the end of the communication interception system reform, the focus is now on reforming the security-intelligence services. “This is one part of the debate with the expert public that will help us reach the ...

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New Democracy Dissatisfied with Macedonian Government’s Amendments

Greek opposition party New Democracy is dissatisfied with the Macedonian Government’s amendments. “PM Zoran Zaev’s proposal for the neighbouring country’s revision of the Constitution makes the already bad Prespa Agreement worse. It keeps Article 36, which not only maintains irredentism, but also encourages it. Also, it confirms Skopje’s insistence on existence of an alleged ‘Macedonian nation’. Though the Government claims ...

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Government Includes Eight MPs’ Demands in Draft Amendments

The Government has included the following demands by the eight MPs from the independent parliamentary group of VMRO-DPMNE and its coalition in the draft amendments: a guarantee for strengthening the Macedonian identity, a gradual change of the name for internal use and annulment of the constitutional changes if the name deal isn’t ratified by Greece. Friday saw the eight politicians ...

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PM Zaev calls for Inclusive Process to Continue

At a press-conference on Friday, PM Zoran Zaev said the demands by BESA and Alliance for Albanians regarding constitutional changes caused changes that weren’t of identity and Ohrid Framework Agreement nature. However, he added MPs had a legitimate right to demand that. The PM called for the inclusive process to continue. Zaev hopes that the spring of 2019 will see ...

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Gruevski’s Appeal for Postponement of Start of Sentence Rejected

A judge for execution of sanctions with the Criminal Court has rejected the appeal filed by former PM Nikola Gruevski for the start of the two-year prison sentence in the Tank case, opened by the Special Prosecutor’s Office, to be postponed. The decision has been sent to the parties in the procedure, which have a right to file appeal it ...

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