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PM Zaev not Very Optimistic Skopje-Sofia Dispute will be Resolved 22 June

On Thursday, PM Zoran Zaev will hold another meeting with Bulgarian President Radev, though he is not very optimistic that the Skopje-Sofia dispute will be resolved on 22 June. There are no negotiations on the Macedonian language and identity, it was said on Tuesday. The Portuguese proposal is on the table. Zaev considers it to be a good basis for ...

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Government Delegation Participates in NATO Summit

On Monday, PM Zoran Zaev, accompanied by Defence Minister Radmila Sekerinska and Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani, participated in the NATO Summit, the first since North Macedonia’s full-fledged membership. “Today, we are here to reaffirm our unity, cohesion, and solidarity. We will also address future challenges and together make strategic-level decisions for further adaption in NATO. We share same values, we ...

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Zaev Participates in SDSM Tribune in Skopje

On Friday, PM and SDSM President Zoran Zaev participated in the tribune “The Best for Our Municipality”, held in Skopje. “At the tribunes from this caravan, we will present our work so far, but we also intend to hear your voice, too,” he stated, adding that what citizens thought was best for their municipalities would become part of the party’s ...

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Sofia Issue: Varhelyi Says there is Quiet Diplomacy at Current Stage

2021 may be a year of the Western Balkans, but everyone must contribute. June is a critical month. This was the message sent by EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi at the Tirana Summit on Thursday. Asked about the Skopje-Sofia issue, he said the European Commission was working hard, adding that there was quiet diplomacy at the current stage. According to ...

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Reactions to Joe Biden’s Signing of Executive Order concerning Western Balkans

According to Deputy PM for Fighting Corruption, Sustainable Development, and Human Resources, Ljupco Nikolovski, US President Joe Biden’s Executive Order concerning the Western Balkans () is a message to everyone blocking or wants to block the processes in the country. “We still haven’t seen this document in detail, but I can highlight that the citizens of the Republic of North ...

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VMRO-DPMNE Starts Protests

On Tuesday, VMRO-DPMNE staged protests from 3 pm to 5 pm by blocking crossroads at three locations in Skopje and nine other cities. The opposition party suspects that the Government is negotiating on the Macedonian identity, language, and culture with Bulgaria. VMRO-DPMNE alleged PM Zoran Zaev and the Special Representative for Sofia, Vlado Buckovski, would sell national and state interests. ...

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Court Rejects Mijalkov’s Appeal

The Court of Appeals has rejected former Security and Counter-Intelligence Administration Director Saso Mijalkov’s appeal and confirmed the decision of the Criminal Court, which had previously not accepted the guarantee of over 10.8 million euros, Court of Appeals Spokesperson Tatjana Dukovska confirmed for Telma on Monday. Mijalkov has been in detention since 23 February and already has two first-instance verdicts ...

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Zaev and VMRO-DPMNE Adhere to Stands on Bulgaria Issue

North Macedonia doesn’t accept the Declaration voted through by Bulgarian Parliament, according to PM Zoran Zaev. As he said on Friday, the proposal submitted by Portugal is on the table. The PM urged the Council to green-light the Europeanisation of the country and Western Balkans. VMRO-DPMNE and its leader, Hristijan Mickoski, however, once again accused Zaev of being part of ...

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Latest Reactions of Zaev and Mickoski to Bulgaria Issue

PM Zoran Zaev is without concrete details about the Portuguese non-paper and guarantees being demanded by Bulgaria. He said on Thursday the roadmap for inter-sectoral cooperation was being considered in the frames of the Foreign Ministry. In his view, it is important to prepare it so that the intergovernmental conference is achieved as well. With regards to the guarantees, Zaev’s ...

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Bulgaria Issue: PM not Ready to Sacrifice Macedonian Identity and Language

The next days are key for Skopje’s road to start of EU membership negotiations. PM Zoran Zaev believes that if the dialogue with Bulgaria is successful, the intergovernmental conference may be held as early as 23 June or the chances of that happening in August or September may be improved. Zaev is ready to beg for a solution in Sofia. ...

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