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Unwanted imports: Anti-EU Kremlin disinformation rides high in N. Macedonia

Most of the anti-EU Kremlin disinformation in N. Macedonia originate abroad, both in Russia and in the West, and then arrive in the country through the social platforms and some through the internet media. Some of them are then adjusted to the local context, and the small number of disinformation pushing Kremlin narratives are native. Because of this, there...

EU does not negate the Macedonian nation, history and statehood

The facts show that the EU does not deny the Macedonian language, identity, and statehood in any way whatsoever. The reason why Ukraine and Moldova started EU accession talks before North Macedonia is not related to the EU disputing the Macedonian nation, language, history, or statehood, but to the fact that no one blocked the start of accession talks....

EU agrees to tighten asylum system in sweeping migration reform

EU states and the EU Parliament have agreed to significantly stricter asylum procedures in a major reform of the European asylum system, writes German news agency DPA. The painstakingly negotiated compromise announced on Wednesday provides for numerous additions and tightening of the existing rules with the aim of reducing irregular migration to the European Union. "It’s been a long road to...

Greece won’t consent to Albania’s EU accession if there is no progress regarding Beleri

Greece will not consent to the next stage in Albania's EU accession talks if there is no progress on the matter of the elected mayor of Himare, Fredi Beleri, Greek diplomatic sources reiterated in Brussels on Tuesday, writes Greek news agency ANA-MPA. The same sources underlined that Greece's position is clear and has been explained to the Albanian side. They...

Bulgaria did not allow the overflight of Lavrov’s plane due to the sanctions against Zakharova, not because of N. Macedonia

Sergey Lavrov at the press conference in Skopje, 01.12.2023 Photo: Bojan Blazhevski, meta.mk The spokeswoman of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, was part of the Russian delegation at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Skopje. Her presence on the Russian plane forced Bulgaria to revoke the permission to fly over its territory. The reason is not the bilateral dispute...

Germany, Slovenia aim to push EU accession for the Western Balkans

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and her Slovenian counterpart Tanja Fajon want to work together to boost the accession of the Western Balkan countries to the European Union, they said at talks in Ljubljana on Tuesday, writes German news agency DPA. "It is our common goal to promote the accession of the Western Balkan countries to the EU," Baerbock said. Both...

NMacedonia’s FM Osmani: Russia destabilizes the Western Balkans with visible steps

Bujar Osmani, the current Chairman of the OSCE and Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia, said today that the Russian Federation is a factor of destabilization in the Western Balkans region. Unlike the US and EU support for N.Macedonia and the entire region, Russia does not play the identical role in the Western Balkans, he said. “The Russian Federation...

Europeans to join forces to compete against US and China on AI

Germany, France and Italy want to cooperate more closely on the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) so that Europe can compete more effectively against the US and China, writes German news agency DPA. The economy ministers of the three largest EU economies - Robert Habeck, Bruno Le Maire and Adolfo Urso - also cautioned in Rome on Monday against excessive...

Record increase in packaging waste in the EU

Waste from packaging, including from food deliveries and other online purchases, has reached a record high in the European Union, the EU's statistics agency Eurostat said on Thursday, writes German news agency DPA. In 2021, every person living in the EU generated on average 188.7 kilograms of packaging waste, an increase of 10.8 kg per person compared to the previous...

Germany to notify EU of checks on Czech, Swiss, Polish border

Germany is firming up its plans to introduce fixed border checks on entry points from Poland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland, government sources told dpa on Monday, writes German news agency DPA. German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser is set to notify the European Commission about the plans, which will mean the possible introduction of police checks directly at the borders...

The war or peace decision on Ukraine was not in the hands of NATO or America

The fact that Putin sent a request for NATO not to expand – which was rejected – and such a draft agreement was never signed by NATO, does not shift the military responsibility onto NATO. Stoltenberg, unlike the contents of the post, does not recognize the fact that NATO could have prevented the war provided it put an end...

German minister thinks EU law clashes with Ukraine grain restrictions

The import restrictions on Ukrainian grain maintained independently by Poland, Hungary and Slovakia are probably not compatible with EU law, according to German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir, writes German news agency DPA. Özdemir, a Green Party politician, said ahead of a meeting with other EU agriculture ministers in Brussels on Monday that he sees no reason for such measures. "I also...

QAnon Propaganda for Satanizing NATO and EU

Two theses in this post – the one on ”the satanic NATO” and that on “the pedophile EU” – look too much alike to the disinformation propaganda spread by the Kremlin about the West, in the attempt to justify Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine. There were numerous attempts in the past by these conspiracy groups, which promote the combined...

EU will not deport men aged 18-60 back to Ukraine

According to the European Commissioner, the EU will not deport anyone against their will. That is, Ukrainian men currently living in Europe are not at risk of forced deportation. Also, the European Union does not plan to restrict the entry of men from Ukraine, writes Truthmeter.mk. Under the content-sharing agreement between Truthmeter.mk and Meta.mk, we republish the text below:   We are...

America didn’t promise Russia that NATO would not enlarge

There is no treaty signed by the US, Europe, and Russia specifying that NATO will not enlarge. The idea of NATO expansion beyond Germany was not on the agenda in 1989, because the Warsaw Pact still existed. Mikhail Gorbachev confirmed it in an interview in 2014, writes Truthmeter.mk. Under the content-sharing agreement between Truthmeter.mk and Meta.mk, we republish the text...

Media Narratives about EU as a Factor of Increased Russian Influence in North Macedonia

When assessing the influence that throws North Macedonia off the tracks from the proclaimed process of democratic development directed towards adopting the values of the European Union (EU) and EU accession, one cannot ignore the manner in which Macedonian media present the contribution of certain EU Member-States and how media and political interpretations impact the perception of the community...

Swedish Ambassador: This country risks to lose the current strong momentum for enlargement if EU negotiations do not start on time

The ambassador of Sweden in North Macedonia, Ami Larsson Jain, in an interview to Portalb.mk, talks about the latest developments in the country, about the constitutional changes on the country's European integration path, reforms in justice and the representation of women in politics. The ambassador says that it is encouraging to see that the dialogue between the government and...

Manipulative post twists the truth – Ukraine is defending itself from Russia, not fighting at the “whim of London”

The post claiming that Ukraine is at war with Russia because of the whim of London and that Orban is Ukraine’s greatest friend because only he insisted on negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow for stopping the war is untrue and manipulative on several grounds, writes Truthmeter.mk. Under the content-sharing agreement between Truthmeter.mk and Meta.mk, we republish the text below:   We are...

It Is not true that the EU banned imports of Ukrainian wheat in five member-states

The post we fact-checked is falsely claiming that the EU has banned the imports of wheat from Ukraine in some Member-States. On the contrary, the EU opposed the unilateral decisions of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria to temporarily ban the import of grain from Ukraine in order to protect their own farmers once a mutually acceptable agreement on...

The digitalization in North Macedonia in 2022: One-click services are still far away, the citizens pay the price

The reforms concerning digitalization, their progress, are ongoing challenges that North Macedonia faces. Digitalization should be in step with the latest trends and improve the lives of the citizens, offering high-quality, fast, and efficient services. At a time when the world and Western countries are moving forward every day, the Republic of North Macedonia (MKD) is still lacking appropriate...