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Trial over Alleged Organisation of 2017 Storming of Parliament Continues

The trial over the alleged organisation of the 27 April 2017 storming of Parliament continued on Monday. Former Labour and Social Policy Minister Spiro Ristovski said in his closing arguments that there was not a single piece of evidence that he had been part of a preparation of a plan to organise the storming. As he added, it is not ...

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PM Convinced There’ll be no Obstacles to Adjusted Position on Draft-Resolution

The use of the constitutional name in the text and some other formalities are enough for the government to accept VMRO-DPMNE’s Draft-Resolution concerning the identity. PM and SDSM President Zoran Zaev is convinced that there will be no further obstacles preventing an adjusted position by all parties in Parliament concerning the text. The PM said on Saturday DUI had accepted ...

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VMRO-DPMNE Submits Draft-Resolution to Parliament

On Thursday, VMRO-DPMNE submitted the Draft-Resolution concerning the red lines on identity issues to Parliament. The 43 MPs called on their fellow parliamentarians to sign and support the text. According to the Rules of Procedure, a simple majority is needed is for the document to be adopted. “This Resolution deserves broad support and consensus except if it is not about ...

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Government Responds to Proposal for Referendum over Bulgaria Issue

It’s Parliament that proposes, debates, and decides on initiative for the referendum, while the Government’s positions on the identity red lines are clear, the Government’s press-service says regarding NSDP President and ruling coalition partner Tito Petkovski’s proposal for a consultative referendum over the negotiations with Bulgaria. VMRO-DPMNE is aware of Petkovski’s proposal. However, so far, the party hasn’t built a ...

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Three New Delta Variant Cases Registered

Three new Delta variant cases of COVID-19 have been registered in the country. One of the patients is receiving treatment in Veles. He had contact only with his wife after he had returned from England two weeks ago. The other two people are from Skopje and are relatives. They found out they had the variant after a PCR test for ...

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Prespa Forum Dialogue: Zaev Describes Bulgaria’s Decision as Unprincipled

In the frames of the Prespa Forum Dialogue, PM Zoran Zaev said on Friday that the decision not to hold the first intergovernmental conference was a great disappointment for both Skopje and Tirana. He believes Bulgaria’s decision was unprincipled. Albanian PM Edi Rama was perhaps fiercer in his criticism of the EU, over the stalling of the Western Balkans’ integration ...

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PM Zaev Holds Meetings and Delivers Address at Prespa Forum Dialogue

On Thursday, PM Zoran Zaev held a meeting in Ohrid with ex-Greek PM Alexis Tsipras. The benefits of the Prespa deal are felt every day, Zaev and Tsipras, who’s now a SYRIZA MP, assessed. According to them, the essence of the deal, with its force and importance, obliges the EU to remove the obstacles for the EU integration of North ...

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New Reactions to Comments on Language Made by Zacarias

The statement made by Portugal’s Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ana Paula Zacarias, about the Macedonian language, if accurately reported, is in full contradiction with the Portuguese Proposal in terms of both essence and methodology, North Macedonia’s Government said on Wednesday. It added that such statements didn’t help in any way in the process to build confidence and joint ...

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Zacarias Reportedly Says Macedonian Language Originates from Bulgaria

Answering a question from the Bulgarian National Radio, Portugal’s Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ana Paula Zacarias, said the language of North Macedonia had once been part of the Bulgarian language and the cultural dimensions of the two countries, the SDK.MK portal and multiple other media reported on Tuesday. The same day, PM Zoran Zaev said Foreign Ministry services ...

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No Need for Early Elections as Result of Bulgaria Situation, PM Zaev Says

PM Zoran Zaev believes that there is no need for early elections as a result of the new blockade from Bulgaria. As he said on Monday, North Macedonia has no territorial aspirations into its neighbours, while it’s important for Bulgaria to remove the blockade. Zaev expects positive signals from Brussels in December. The PM is adamant that there is nothing ...

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