Trump’s rating plummet across the world, except in Macedonia, Israel, Liberia and Belarus

Washington, 23 January, 2018 - 18:55 (META) 

One year after the Donald Trump’s inauguration as America’s new president, his US ratings have plummeted in all countries, except four, including Macedonia, wrote Atlantic magazine in an article called, “What do Israel, Liberia, Belarus and Macedonia have in common?”

The research on the ratings, which Atlantic magazine refers to, was conducted by the Gallup agency in 134 countries in 2017.

Reasons as to why Macedonia finds itself in such company, according to the magazine, can not be found in the White House, but the State Department, or to be exact, the role of Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, Hoyt Yee, in resolving the political crisis and choosing a new government led by Zoran Zaev.

“In Macedonia, where approval in U.S. leadership jumped 15 points after years of decline, the explanation can be found not in the White House, but with the State Department. In May, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov gave opposition leader Zoran Zaev the mandate to form a new government after months of refusal—a decision that followed the urging of Hoyt Yee, the U.S. deputy secretary of state and from the Obama-era”, writes the Atlantic.

Zaev: We resolved the open issues with Vučić

Saraevo, 24 July, 2017 - 14:53 (META) 

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, stated in an interview with the local TV H1 that he solved all open issues he had with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić after his statement regarding the Macedonian scenario that could transfer into Serbia, but also after the information that the former BIA member was in Parliament.

Zaev said that Serbia had no influence or bad intentions.

“Of course, there were comments in the presidential campaign for the Macedonian scenario, but I’m not getting into that. According to all reports, Macedonia was a captive state, the institutions did not work. The leaders of the Western Balkan countries had a working dinner. Also, there was the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić , and we gave our hand and we continued ahead. Also, Prime Minister Ana Brnabić was there, who opened a beautiful perspective, which I accepted. We have an obligation what our citizens want, and that is cooperation and opening new perspectives for the citizens of Macedonia and Serbia”, Zaev said, answering the question of whether the crisis in Macedonia was artificial, so it could transfer into other countries, Vučić  claimed.

He said that politicians should fight for the rights of other ethnic communities, not just for their own. He also said that his scars on his face proved it all.

Russian MFA ironically reprimanded Stoltenberg’s statement after his meeting with Zaev

Moscow, 15 June, 2017 - 18:51 (META) 

A spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marija Zakharova, at today’s press briefing ironically commented on the statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after meeting with Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, on Monday this week in Brussels.

Zakharova addressed Stoltenberg’s statement in which he said that any outside interference in the internal political processes of a country is unacceptable, adding that brazen interference from the West caused a deep crisis in Macedonia.

“We paid attention to the statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, on June 12th, about the outcome of his meeting with the Prime Minister of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev. The head of NATO stated that any outside interference in internal political processes is unacceptable. To speak openly, we have not heard the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, criticize so harshly Washington, the leadership of the European Union, Berlin, Tirana, himself and his organization. That gross interference from the West caused a deep and lasting crisis in the country. This crisis has led to the serious degradation of the situation in this country. We give full support to the evaluation of the Stoltenberg. It would be nice if Western countries begin to use these views in practice”, Zakharova said.

Otherwise Prime Minister Zaev, on Monday had his first official visit to Brussels, where besides the NATO Secretary General, he met with the High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security, Federica Mogherini, EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn and President of the European Council, Donald Tusk.

Timeline: How the government changed in Macedonia

Skopje, 1 June, 2017 - 11:13 (META) 

The past three years of the political crisis has been difficult, exhausting and stressful on Macedonia. The crisis was not just a political crisis, it crossed over into economics, society, morals and ethics. There were a series of protests and counter protests, trials and counter trials, investigations and counter investigations. Then the Pržino Agreement was signed, and then Pržino 2. Elections were held, but had been postponed previously as the wiretapped materials were released to the public. However, the response to the accusations were that the recordings had been ”edited, cut and montage”. The people are divided into patriots and traitors – filled with accusations among themselves, fake news and intense propaganda.

Changes began after the social awakening, which was passed on to the streets by the students, who organized three massive protests, the “bombs” continued after the awakening and the formation of the SPO and their investigations are presented by three female prosecutors.

President Gjorge Ivanov’s decision to grant mass pardons was met with three months of daily protests, and in that time the “Colourful Revolution” was born.

The early parliamentary elections were postponed twice, and the selection of the Parliament Speaker was followed by a violent attack on the Parliament building, during which MPs, citizens and journalists were injured. After a series of visits from international mediators, Ivanov eventually handed over the mandate to Prime Minister-designate Zoran Zaev, which has led to the election of the new government. After 11 years, representatives from VMRO-DPMNE sat in the benches for the opposition, and SDSM is in government led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

Zaev will be attending dinner with Mogherini and the Prime Ministers of the Western Balkans tomorrow

Skopje, 23 May, 2017 - 15:35 (META) 

Tomorrow, the leader of SDSM, Zoran Zaev, will be travelling to Brussels to attend an informal dinner with the Prime Ministers from the Western Balkans and the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union, Federica Mogherini, confirmed SDSM.

Last week, Mogherini sent invitations to the six Prime Ministers of the Western Balkans for dinner in Brussels, however, it wasn’t clear until today who would actually attend the dinner with the High Representative of the EU, whether it would be the interim Prime Minister, Emil Dimitriev or the SDSM leader, Zoran Zaev.

Zoran Zaev is currently mandatary to form the new government, but he is still not Prime Minister. However, the statement from Mogherini’s cabinet states that Zaev was invited in his capacity as “Prime Minister-designate”.

The meeting will mainly focus on the situation in the region after recent events and “how everyone can move forward together”.

After the meeting, there are no plans for press conferences or statements, however, Mogherini’s cabinet announced that they will release details of what was discussed.

Hoyt Yee asked for a meeting with Ivanov, but the President is too busy

Skopje, 26 April, 2017 - 15:27 (META) 

The Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the Us Department of State, Hoyt Brian Yee, will not be meeting with the president Gjorge Ivanov, confirmed the president’s cabinet for Meta.

“The cabinet of the President of Republic of Macedonia was sent a request for a meeting with the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Hoyt Brian Yee, but due to previously set obligations, the President of Republic of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov has no time for having a meeting”, said the cabinet.

Yee’s visit comes two months after he called upon Ivanov from Zagreb to revisit the decision for assigning the mandate.

“We sincerely hope that the Macedonian president will allow the MPs that have expressed their wish and the parties that they are representing to form a government as soon as possible since Macedonia needs a government that will continue and will finish the started processes within the pre-accessing process of the European Union”, said Yee in Zagreb.

On Monday, Yee will try to help in the process of surpassing the political crisis. During the one-day visit, he will be talking with the political leaders about the status of forming a government, bilateral relations as well as the necessary reforms for the country’s Euro-Atlantic integration.

Hoyt Lee will arrive in Skopje on May the 1st to meet with political leaders

Skopje, 25 April, 2017 - 21:56 (META) 

On Monday, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the US State Department, Hoyt Brian Yee will be arriving in Macedonia in an attempt to help overcome the political crisis.

The US Embassy in Skopje announced that Hoyt Yee will travel to Macedonia on May 1, 2017 to engage political leaders on the status of government formation, bilateral relations, and reforms needed for Euro-Atlantic integration.

For now, there has been no information whether the US diplomat will meet with President Gjorge Ivanov.

“I sincerely hope that the Macedonian President will allow MPs who have expressed the wish and the parties they represent to form a government as soon as possible because Macedonia needs a government that will continue and finish the processes which they started within the pre-accession process of the European Union”, said Yee from Zagreb.

Gruevski has told the ambassadors that the elections are the fastest ways for solving the crisis

Skopje, 25 April, 2017 - 21:37 (META) 

VMRO-DPMNE’s president Nikola Gruevski had talks with the ambassadors of Germany, Great Britain, Sweden and Netherlands, Christine Althauser, Charles Garrett, Mats Staffanson and Wouter Plomp about the current political situation, the opinion, and stance of VMRO-DPMNE regarding its solution.

At the meeting, during which the members of the party’s Executive Committee were present, Nikola Poposki, Nikola Todorov, and Vladimir Gjorcev, Gruevski announced to the ambassadors that “the fastest and the best way to solving the political crisis is to carry out early parliamentary elections together with the regular local elections.”

Regarding the debate at the Parliament, VMRO-DPMNE had stressed that the party is using all legal and the rule of book possibilities for expressing their own opinions and positions.

“There is nothing illegal and there is nothing that hasn’t already happened in the past in Macedonia, Europe, and the world, basically it is the way by which VMRO-DPMNE is expressing its revolt from the acceptance and the imposing of the Tirana platform,” said the announcement. VMRO-DPMNE has informed the ambassadors that in January, during the talks with DUI for a coalition, the party has stressed that it won’t be negotiating for an Albanian platform and after that the talks focused on the promotion of the use of languages of the non-majority communities in the municipalities where the population is above 20%.

The party stressed that “a dialogue is necessary and a debate, within the institutions in order for the situation to move forward and for organizing elections as an exit from the crisis.”

Previously, on the 19th of April, the four ambassadors had a meeting with the SDSM’s party leader, Zoran Zaev.

Instead of new elections, a new government should be formed, says Plomp, Staffansson and Jazbec

Skopje, 25 April, 2017 - 18:16 (META) 

The Ambassadors of Sweden, Netherlands and Slovenia, Mats Staffansson, Wouter Plomp, and Milan Jazbec, said today that Brussels doesn’t see the need of organizing new early parliamentary elections especially because the last elections were marked as fair and free, and the new elections would only deepen the political crisis in Macedonia.

“The elections that were organized in December were free and fair, as was confirmed by many international observers. Therefore there would be little use of new elections so fast after the elections in December. I think they would only deepen the crisis, that is lasting too long”,  said the Dutch Ambassador Plomp.

According to the Swedish Ambassador, “new elections in a situation like that would be held in a climate of extreme confrontation, which would definitely not be good for stability. The solution has to be found within the framework of the Constitution, I also think it is too early for a Pržino 3 and I haven’t heard anything about it. Regarding leadership meetings, I have no inside information, but in a situation of such a confrontational political climate as you have in Macedonia, dialogue between leaders, the opposition and the government is not a bad idea at all, but that is up to them”, said Ambassador Staffansson.

The Slovenian Ambassador Milan Jazbec said that instead of demanding for new elections, political leaders should focus on implementing the results from the recent elections and the formation of a new government.

“Focus on the substance, try to form a Government, according to the relations in the Parliament. I don’t see the need for new elections”,  said Ambassador Jazbec.

The ambassadors didn’t confirm the information published by the German weekly magazine “Spiegel” that the European Union plans to put Macedonia under sanctions i.e. to place a travel ban and a blockade of bank accounts of certain Macedonian politicians including a cut of the IPA funds. According to the Spiegel, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during the EPP conference in Malta, has warned the leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski that sanctions will follow if the blockade of democratic processes doesn’t stop.

In order for this decision to be made, a consensus of all 27 EU member countries is necessary.

Arifi: We shall wait for the Constitutional court to make a decision regarding the local elections

DUI’s Vice President and mayor of the city of Tetovo, Teuta Arifi, said that for a solution to the political crisis it is most important that a president of the Parliament is elected. She isn’t casting off the idea of a leadership meeting, stressing that “DUI has never run away from meetings regardless if they are among leaders or on other levels.”

-What is most important is that a president of the Parliament is to be elected. DUI has never avoided meetings regardless if they are leadership or on another level but regardless a president has to be elected. It is no good for the state if there are precedents from a party that is for certain reasons out of the majority, which is blocking a process. I think that we have to get out of that precedent, the institutions to be formed and within those institutions talks to be held and solutions to be found for an exit from the political crisis –said Arifi.

She said that the organizing of the local elections depends on the decision of the Constitutional Court to which it has submitted an initiative for prolonging the deadline of the mayors’ authorities in case there is no decision for calling for local elections.

When there is a constitutional crisis, when the Parliament isn’t voting any laws, when the government is administrative, then in a situation like that it is going to be even more complicated for the municipalities. It is important to have an election date, as this can’t go on endlessly and we shall wait for the Constitutional court’s decision. This should end, the election date to be set, in order for the citizens not to have any problems, including the administration as well – said Arifi.

The mandates of mayors and municipalities’ councils end on the 14th of May.