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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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VMRO-DPMNE Files No-Confidence Motion Against Xhaferi

VMRO-DPMNE’s Parliamentary Group and its coalition have filed the no-confidence motion against the Speaker of the legislative home, Talat Xhaferi. The Group’s Coordinator, Nikola Micevksi, on Monday, urged all parliamentarians to support it. However, as he added, if the ruling majority doesn’t accept it, it will prove it backs the improper conduct of the Speaker. According to opposition, Xhaferi should ...

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Pendarovski: Chances of Skopje Getting Date in June Below 50%

According to President Stevo Pendarovski, the chances of North Macedonia getting a date for negotiations in June are less than 50%. In an interview with Euronews Bulgaria, the President says that the negotiations are more complex than before. According to Pendarovski, over the past years, Bulgaria has unexpectedly presented demands related to history, the ethnic origin, which it has tabled, ...

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Foreign Minister Osmani: No Progress towards Solution with Sofia

There is no progress towards a solution with Sofia, but the talks continue, according to Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani. As he said on Wednesday, after June, the capacity to find a solution is exhausted. Afterwards, it will be considered which future steps will be taken. According to the Minister, there is no official state stand whether membership in the new ...

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PM Kovacevski Has Audience with Pope Francis

In the frames of his visit to the Vatican and Rome, on the occasion of Ss Cyril and Methodius Day, PM Dimitar Kovacevski had an audience with Pope Francis on Monday. North Macedonia and the Vatican, Kovacevski stated, are firmly connected by mutual respect founded on joint historical, cultural, and religious traditions, as well as significant figures like Ss Cyril ...

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Petkov: There’ll Be No Individual Making of Decisions

Bulgarian PM Kiril Petkov buried on Friday Enlargement Commissioner’s Oliver Varhelyi’s expectations about Bulgaria allowing a start of negotiations with Skopje in June. Just 24 hours after their meeting in Sofia, Petkov stated that there would be no individual making of decisions regarding the matter. “It should be very clearly said that I, as the PM, don’t assume independently any ...

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Government and VMRO-DPMNE Still Divided over Early Elections Issue

PM Dimitar Kovacevski hopes the enlargement process, which is founded on a methodology of opening chapters, will not be affected by the adjustment of the Union to the new geopolitical surrounding. According to VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski, North Macedonia has done a lot for Europe and its values. As he added on Thursday, it deserved to start negotiations a long ...

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Macron Encourages Skopje and Sofia to Swiftly Continue Dialogue

The Elysee Palace has issued a press-release over French President Emmanuel Macron’s consecutive phone conversations with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, Bulgarian PM Kiril Petkov, and Petkov’s counterpart from North Macedonia, Dimitar Kovacevski. The goal of the three conversations, during the French Presidency of the EU, was to encourage the two countries to swiftly continue the dialogue over the dispute. Macron ...

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Trade Union and Education Ministry Reach Deal on Salary Increase of 15%

On Tuesday, the Trade Union of Education, Science, and Culture held a new meeting with the Education and Science Ministry. Minister Jeton Shaqiri said both sides had accepted the mediator’s proposals regarding all open topics and reasons for the strike. The salary increase will be 15% and start in September. There will be no cuts for the period when the ...

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