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Skopje’s EU Road – Focal Topic During Grlic Radman’s Visit to Skopje

There will be a start of negotiations in June if Bulgaria has a strategic approach and political will, according to Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani. As he added on Wednesday, if that doesn’t happen, the best policy of the EU, enlargement, will be buried. Osmani’s stand is that North Macedonia has done everything for Sofia go give a green light. However, ...

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Mihailov Club Fire: Alabakovski Released from House Arrest Pending Trial

Singer Lambe Alabakovski has been released from house arrest in the case concerning the Vancho Mihailov club fire in Bitola, pending trial, his lawyer, Darko Stefanovski, confirmed for Fokus on Tuesday. The Basic Court in Bitola’s Criminal Council has decided for Alabakovski’s passport to be taken away as a means of precaution.The pop singer is charged with causing a general ...

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Radev and Michel Discuss Skopje’s EU Path

North Macedonia’s integration must be a sustainable and irreversible process, and attached to real results in fulfilling the membership criteria. That was the focal point of Bulgarian President Rumen Radev’s phone conversation with European Council President Charles Michel. Radev stated that meeting the Copenhagen criteria, giving constitutional guarantees for respecting the rights of the Bulgarians in North Macedonia, and preserving ...

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German Chancellor Scholz Visits Skopje

Friendly tones, acknowledgement of the achievement, a short comment on the economic cooperation. These messages sent by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during the visit to Skopje were just additional content to the main topic, that is, whether there be a start of EU membership talks for North Macedonia. As Scholz repeated several times, a promise was made to the Western ...

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Petkov: Three Clear Demands for Skopje

There being no deal between Skopje frustrates us a lot. We would like a deal to be reached by the the meeting of the Council of Ministers this month. That was the message EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi sent from Sofia on Thursday. Bulgarian PM Kiril Petkov stated that he had been hearing in the last couple of days a ...

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Singer Alabakovski Detained over Vancho Mihailov Club Fire

Singer Lambe Alabakovski, , has been detained under suspicion that he is the one responsible for the Vancho Mihailov club fire in Bitola. On Monday night, with a court order, there was a search at two facilities owned by the suspect, where items related to the crime were found and taken away. Afterwards, the person was deprived of liberty, Interior ...

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Xhaferi Audio: Proposal for Debate in Frames of Committee Rejected

With five votes for and four against, VMRO-DPMNE’s proposal for a debate on a violation by the Code of Ethics by Parliament Speaker and MP Talat Xhaferi was rejected. On Monday, the Chairperson of the Committee on Rules of Procedure and Mandatory-Immunity Issues Panco Minov, read the draft agenda, which was followed by five MPs from the government voting against ...

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Reactions to Vancho Mihailov Club Fire Continue

A masked person who had come by bike caused the fire to the entry of the Vancho Mihailov club in Bitola, according to Bulgarian Foreign Minister Teodora Genchovska. As she told Bulgarian media on Sunday, she saw that in the footage from the security cameras. However, the Bulgarian politician didn’t specify which cameras and who had enabled that. The investigation ...

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No Conditions for Visit to France, Says Bulgarian President Radev

“There are no conditions for a visit of mine to France,” Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said on Wednesday, answering a question about the report from BGNES the previous day. As he explained, there are no conditions because there is no progress as far as the open issues between Skopje and Sofia are concerned. The Bulgarian President once again said he ...

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No-Confidence Motion Arrives at Xhaferi’s Cabinet

The no-confidence motion against Talat Xhaferi has reached the Speaker’s cabinet. He may start to prepare the response in writing, for which he has 15 days. Regardless of whether he draws up an answer, after half a month, the motion should be part of the first session of Parliament. However, it is not specified in the Rules of Procedure how ...

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