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Russia now considers all European countries – with just few exceptions – its enemies!

On the the order of the Russian president Vladimir Putin, the Russian government has compiled a list of states that have allegedly "taken hostile actions against Russia, Russian companies and Russian nationals", informs the Serbian television N1. Out of this list of enemy states in Europe, that was published by Russian state media, just the following 6 countries...

North Macedonia will not withdraw from Open Balkan Initiative despite Serbia’s position on Russia

The Government of North Macedonia will not withdraw from the "Open Balkan Initiative" regardless of Serbia's refusal to impose sanctions on Russia, as the West, but also Albania and North Macedonia did, due to the aggression on Ukraine. According to the Government fo North Macedonia, Serbia's position regarding the situation in Ukraine is its inner affair, writes Portalb.mk. "Notwithstanding what...

Defense Minister of North Macedonia: We are not sending soldiers to Ukraine

There is a decision for sending aid in the form of equipment and arms to Ukraine, in accordance with their requests, but this country hasn’t made a decision to send soldiers. There will be no such decision, said Defense Minister of North Macedonia, Slavjanka Petrovska, during the celebration of the Macedonian Army Special Forces Battalion Day. She said that...

Protesters in front of Russian embassy in Skopje shout ‘Putin is a fascist’ demanding end to war against Ukraine

Dozens of citizens of North Macedonia and Ukrainians residing in Skopje protested against Russian invasion on Ukraine through a march from the main square of the  capital of  North Macedonia to the Russian embassy on February 25. They sung Ukrainian songs and shouted "Putin is a fascist, Putin is a murderer" while carrying signs reading "Russia keep off Ukraine,"...

Significant decline in citizens’ perceptions of EU’s influence in North Macedonia

In 2021, 68% of the citizens supported the idea of North Macedonia becoming EU member-state, but the Macedonian citizens were not sufficiently informed about the trajectory and the time frame of the EU accession process itself. The perceived influence of EU in North Macedonia has dropped to the lowest ranking in the last several years - from 44.8% in 2019...

Creating fascination with Russia’s power in media and on social networks in North Macedonia

One of the simplest ways to influence a wider number of people is to glorify a country. Positive glorification can evoke admiration, a sense of belonging and community, a sense of protection, an ever-present refuge, an alternative available to citizens and the state… This is especially possible in times of stunted development or unfulfilled expectations or dissatisfaction with speed...

Why does Putin want escalation with the West?

The former head of the Bulgarian state intelligence agency Dimo ​​Gjaurov, in an interview with TV Nova, commented that one of the goals of Russian President Vladimir Putin with the escalation of the conflict with Ukraine is to force Europe and the United States to open the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Meanwhile, the partner of EURACTIV Europe Elects, estimates...

Truthmeter.mk: Janko Bachev’s pro-Russian party a part of VMRO-DPMNE’s pressure on small parties

Truthmeter.mk published the original text. Meta.mk is republishing it below under the syndicating agreement:   Janko Bacev’s openly pro-Russian non-parliamentary political party sent a statement to the public entitled “United Macedonia to DS, LDP, DOM and VMRO-NP: If you really want one constituency, seize the chance given by VMRO-DPMNE.” They call on the Democratic Union led by Pavle Trajanov, the Democratic Renewal...

“Institutional silence” about name board for Ukrainian city of Sevastopol on Russian children playground in Skopje, North Macedonia

For more than a month, the Centar Municipality, City Hall of Skopje and the Foreign Affairs Ministry of North Macedonia are silent about the questions sent by Meta.mk about the new Russian playground behind the Universal Hall in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia. The playground had a board set and then removed, that had the name of the...

North Macedonia with record mortality rate

The birth rate in North Macedonia has decreased and with lesser live births, the population is aging. The older population is predominant and, accordingly, the mortality rates in the country are on the rise. Still, in the last three years, we are seeing such high mortality rates that we have never been seen before. Those are the remarks told to...

Truthmeter.mk: Lots of Courts and Judges, Little Justice

With the systematization of the judicial network for judges in all levels of courts and for all types of courts, 636 judicial seats are provided, and 493 seats have been filled, but even with this number, we are leaders in Europe. With 34 courts, we are leaders in terms of the number of courts, but we can never get...

Truthmeter.mk: Narratives which Russia uses to influence news media in Western Balkans

A research titled "Russia’s narratives toward the Western Balkans", published by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (NATO StratCom COE) identified several Russian narratives in the news media in the Western Balkans. The research is based on the media reporting in 2018, which cited the Serbian edition of the Russian state news agency "Sputnik". The Sputnik website, which...

Rama: External forces court the Western Balkans, but there will be no renunciation of the EU membership

It is frustrating to wait, but Western Balkan leaders need to reject proposals from foreign powers and maintain faith in EU membership, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama appealed in an interview with the Financial Times “Others can bring money, investment, maybe even caviar, but they will not be able to bring what you need to build a functioning free country,”...

Government will help 7,500 households in North Macedonia pay electricity bills

The Ministry of Economy of North Macedonia issued a call for applications for financial aid to low-income households for their electricity bills. The total amount of the aid is MKD60 million (€ 974.000) from the state budget, with the aim to protect the vulnerable consumers. More than 7,500 low-income households will receive monthly state support in the amount of MKD...

Street in Berovo named after the Slovenian firefighter Žan Kofol

The Council of the Municipality of Berovo unanimously adopted the initiative to rename a street in Berovo with the name of the Slovenian firefighter Žan Kofol. He was one of the symbols in the fight against the forest wildfires in the Maleshevo area this past summer. The initiative for renaming a street in Berovo after the Slovenian fireman was submitted...

Two political parties in North Macedonia want tighter regulation for cryptocurrency mining

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The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the Democratic Renewal of Macedonia (DOM) announced that, taking into account the energy crisis and the consequences on the environment in North Macedonia, through its MPs in the Parliament they will request legal amendments on the mining of cryptocurrencies. "During an energy crisis it is inadmissible to waste electricity on cryptocurrencies for personal enrichment....

North Macedonia envisages that public sector employees come to work with negative PCR test or certificate of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine

In North Macedonia, all the pubic sector employees i.e. the central administration employees, the employees of the local self-government units, all the state institutions, will have to come to work with a certificate for at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or with a negative PCR-test results, done at their expense. If they don't have any of the confirmations...

Construction of new hydro power plants, mines, hotels and roads in new Shar Mountain National Park will be banned

Construction of new hydro power plants, opening new mines, geological researchеs or new pipeline infrastructure will be banned on the whole territory of the Shar Mountain National Park. In all the planned management zones of the national park, raising introduced and invasive plants and animals will be banned as well. In the protected area of Shar Мountain, construction of houses...

Rexhepi went to police station, say he wasn’t abducted but went to a friend’s home with his family

Kastriot Rexhepi, member of the parliament of North Macedonia from the BESA political party, who with his absence yesterday blocked the no confidence vote for the government of North Macedonia, today went to the Police station "Bit Pazar" in the capital Skopje, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) of North Macedonia informs. As the police says, Rexhepi, together with his family,...

Analysts comment North Macedonia prime minister’s resignation: Political crisis imminent

The news of the resignation of the prime minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, both from the government and from the helm of his SDSM political party has been broadcasted by the most influential international news agencies and media around the world. Zaev yesterday evening, just a few hours after the runoff local elections in North Macedonia, which brought a...