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The Chambers of Commerce Union asks new pool of measures from North Macedonia’s new Government

During today's official meeting with the Prime Minister of North Macedonia and his financial team, the Union of Chambers of Commerce of North Macedonia (UCC) pinpointed the priorities that should be realized during the first month of new government's mandate for crisis mitigation and economic recovery. During the meeting with Prime Minister Zaev, the UCC President, Danela Arsovska stressed that...

Regional analysis of the effect of the COVID-19 crisis on Western Balkans media

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused changes in the way the the journalists and the media in general work. Still, depending on the context of each country separately, it can be noticed that the pandemic has a different influence on journalism. This regional analysis is presenting the findings of 10 interviews that were carried out with journalists of four countries...

Government proposes state of emergency be extended until June 2019

The government has proposed that the state of emergency on the southern and northern border be extended until June 30, 2019, in order to prevent the entry and transit of migrants on the territory of Macedonia. The draft decision on amending the original decision for the approval of the extension of the deadline for the existence of a state of...

Tsipras will mark the end of the Greek economic Odyssey with TV address

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras will have a TV address to the nation today on the occassion of the end of the country’s financial crisis. Tsipras symbolically chose Ithaca island in the Ionian Sea, the home of Odysseus, which he struggles to find in his well known aruduous 10-year journey after the Trojan War. With it Tsipras will mark the...

Mirceski: In times of crisis, the previous government spent a million euros for two LED displays

Nearly a million euros have been spent by the previous government for the purchase of two LED display, Pece Mirceski, the Director of the Service for General and Common Affairs, told the press today. “What was the need for someone to purchase LED screens for nearly a million euros, in conditions when Macedonia was in a total economic and social...

Foreign Affairs: Will Macedonia’s Nationalists Bring the Country to Ruin?

Sharp polarization brings protesters onto the street. A formal investigation looms over the most powerful figure in the nation, who acts to thwart the process. Moscow watches the situation with glee while attempting to sow doubt about the country’s institutions—indeed, about the very concept of democracy –writes the American magazine “Foreign Policy” in an extended analysis of the situation...

US State Department: Leaders should do everything they can to form a government without delay

“The United States has encouraged the Macedonian leaders to do everything they can to form a government without further delay so that the country can continue with the reforms necessary to become a full member of the Euro-Atlantic family”, said a statement by the US State Department regarding the political crisis in Macedonia given to the “Voice of America”. The...

VMRO-DPMNE presents “Manifesto for a Unified Macedonia”

Today, members of the Executive Committee of VMRO-DPMNE, Antonio Milososki, Nikola Poposki and Ilija Dimovski presented the Manifesto for a Unified Republic of Macedonia, at the Centre of Communications of VMRO-DPMNE. The document is a “vision” of the party for the state, which they say is “the only home country for Macedonians, where citizens live united, with Albanian people, Turkish...

Ahmeti: DUI didn’t make a decision this evening and there might be a new leadership meeting

At the party’s headquarters in Mala Rechica, DUI’s president announced that the party still hasn’t made a clear decision for a way out of the crisis, but said that early elections that VMRO-DPMNE is asking would not solve the crisis. Ali Ahmeti also said that a leadership meeting is a possibility. After an emergent call, this afternoon and...

Zaev: We are doing everything to end the crisis peacefully

In the interest of stability of the country and the citizens, a new government is needed urgently as a way out of the political crisis, which is being pushed by Nikola Gruevski and the leadership of VMRO-DPMNE, said SDSM leader, Zoran Zaev, in today’s edition of Serbia’s daily newspaper “Danas”. “SDSM has always been and will always be a party...

Lavrov hopes that the West realizes the danger of attempts to destabilize the situation in Macedonia

Moscow hopes that Western states realize the danger of attempts to destabilize the situation in Macedonia, said today Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for Sputnik. According to Lavrov, it is strange that the Balkan region is being perceived as the region of Russia's "provocative activity," and that any normal relations between Russia and the Balkans raise concerns in the West. "The...

Russia: Foreign interference into Macedonia must stop

Russia has called for foreign interference into Macedonia’s internal affairs to stop, said the Russia's Ambassador to the OSCE, Aleksandar Lukashevich. "It is necessary to stop external interference in the internal affairs of Macedonia and to respect the right of Macedonian citizens to independently decide their own destiny in accordance with the fundamental democratic principles. We call upon all political forces...

Mogherini: Don’t play with fire and don’t turn this into an inter-ethnic conflict

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, at a press conference after the council of the EU’s ministers of foreign affairs had ended, said that she was worried about the situation in Macedonia and she told the politicians not to play with fire. - How worried am I? I am worried, but...

Gruevski’s New Year greeting wishes for political stability for the crisis to end

We in Macedonia and the world went through a difficult and turbulent year, but despite the political crisis, it is good that we have preserved economic stability, says the president of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, in his New Year’s greeting to the public. “All of us and the economy need political stability. That kind of political stability will ensure even more...

Milososki: Zaev wants the crisis to continue and seize power by force

Almost two weeks after the elections, when everyone knows the election results, Zoran Zaev is still trying to manipulate, said Antonio Milososki, a member of the Executive Committee of VMRO-DPMNE at a press conference. “It’s not that Zaev does not know who won and who lost the elections, he knows very well, but we assume that someone higher up, who...

Ivanov – Erdoğan: Fight against terrorism and the migrant crisis were focus of meeting

President Gjorge Ivanov paid a working visit to Istanbul, Turkey today and met with the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan . The focus of the talks between the two presidents were bilateral relations and cooperation, with emphasis on issues related to security, the migrant crisis and economic relations. At the meeting they agreed to strengthen contacts and cooperation between the security...

Macedonia’s credit rating downgraded from BB+ to BB

The ratings agency “Fitch” has downgraded Macedonia’s credit rating from BB+ to BB, reported “Reuters”. The downgrade of the country’s credit rating according to “Reuters” is because of the recent increase in allegations of corruption, this was confirmed by “Fitch” in their words it was due to “shortcomings in the standards of good governance”. Furthermore, another reason for the downgrade in...

The Netherlands require Ivanov to revoke the pardons without further delay

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands aligns itself in full with the statements made yesterday by the European Union and the United States, said a statement sent from the Embassy. “The Netherlands, which currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, calls upon all parties to now take responsible, decisive and inclusive actions that lead...

Foreign companies cancel their visits to Macedonia due to the crisis

For companies in the manufacturing, metal and electrical industry, the impact of the current crisis can already be felt, especially after the cancellation of already scheduled visits by foreign companies, who were potential future investors. This can be seen in the survey carried out by the Economic Chamber of Macedonia for the performance of companies in terms of the current...

ICG: Macedonia among countries whose political situations are deteriorating

The International Crisis Group (ICG) in its latest report has put Macedonia in a group of countries where the situation is rapidly worsening. Macedonia is now in the company of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Gambia, Iraq, Nagorno-Karabakh (Azerbaijan), the Republic of Congo, and even Syria is included in the same group. All countries in this group on the list, are continually on the...