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Parliament adopts Draft-Amendments for Constitutional Changes

The Parliament of Macedonia adopted on Sunday the Draft-amendments number XXXIII and XXXIV for changes to the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia. The amendment number XXXIII was adopted with 67 votes in favour, 23 against and 4 abstaining from voting, while the amendment number XXXIV was adopted with 65 votes in favour, 18 against and 8 abstaining from voting. ...

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EP recommends start of Membership Negotiations with Macedonia in June 2019

The European parliament (EP), with a great majority, reached a decision on Thursday’s session to recommend the EU to start the membership negotiations with Macedonia in June 2019. MEP Ivo Vajgl said that both Macedonia and the EU should fulfil the promises they made concerning the integration processes, and welcomed the adoption and implementation of the Prespa Agreement in both ...

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MEPs Demand reaction of EC for Case with Gruevski’s Asylum

The MEP from the GreenLeft Judith Sargentini, who is the author of the amendment filed to the European Parliament (EP) concerning the asylum granted by Hungary to former PM of Macedonia Nikola Gruevski, says that if the amendment is adopted, it will be the official position of the EP concerning this issue. “It is very important for us to open ...

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Parliament Strips Gruevski from his MP Immunity

With 62 votes in favour, and no votes against or abstaining from voting, the Parliament of Macedonia officially stripped MP Nikola Gruevski from his MP immunity. The MPs from VMRO-DPMNE did not attend the session. The President of Macedonia was also invited to attend the session, but he did not show up. Previously, the Parliamentary Committee on Rules of Procedure, ...

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Russia Demands Prespa Agreement to be Discussed in UN Security Council

The Russian Mission to OSCE announced via their Twitter profile that the dialogue and final agreement in accordance with Section 3 from the Resolution 845 on the name dispute between Macedonia and Greece should be discussed by the Security Council of the United Nations (UN), following the latest report of OSCE on Macedonia. “We hope that the name issue can ...

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Politico Europe: Hungarian Intelligence Involved in Gruevski’s Escape

Citing two individuals involved in Nikola Gruevski’s escape to Budapest, Brussels-based news agency “Politico Europe” reports that Hungarian intelligence services are involved in Gruevski’s escape from Macedonia to Hungary. From the Government of Hungary they still do not comment on these claims, while the country’s Foreign Minister previously confirmed that Hungarian diplomats accompanied the former Macedonian PM on his way ...

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Gruevski Case: Hungarian Authorities Rule out Possibility of Extradition

According to the Hungarian authorities, a possibility of former PM Nikola Gruevski being extradited doesn’t exist. As Justice Minister Laszlo Trocsanyi said an interview with ECHO TV on Tuesday, after the approval of the asylum request, Gruevski cannot be delivered to “a country in which he is a target of persecution.” The following day, in Macedonia, FM Nikola Dimitrov didn’t ...

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Gruevski Says on Facebook he’s Been Granted Political Asylum in Hungary

On his official Facebook profile, on Tuesday, former PM Nikola Gruevski said he’d been given granted political asylum in Hungary due to political persecution in Macedonia from the SDSM-led government. According to Gruevski, he has received information that preparations are underway to kill him in prison. The former VMRO-DPMNE leader added he continued the struggle for the “Macedonian cause”. The ...

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Gruevski Case: Justice Ministry Still Working on Extradition Documentation

The Justice Ministry is working in an accelerated manner on completing the documentation for former PM Nikola Gruevski to be extradited from Hungary. “However, we cannot say when exactly it will be completed and sent to Budapest. We cannot provide more information about the situation because of the sensitivity of the materials. There are legal grounds for Macedonia to file ...

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PM Zaev Expects Gruevski to be Extradited to Serve Jail Time in Macedonia

According to PM Zoran Zaev, there are no dilemmas that former PM Nikola is in Budapest. “We expect him to be extradited so that he serves jail time here,” he said on Friday, publicly asking whether the former VMRO-DPMNE leader had voluntarily left Macedonia or had been kidnapped. The PM stated that he expected answers from both Gruevski and Hungary. ...

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