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TE-TO will provide central heating for Skopje using imported gas from Serbia, the produced electricity to be sold to Belgrade

North Macedonia and Serbia are negotiating a contract for gas distribution to North Macedonia, so that the combined electric power plant TE-TO in Skopje can continue working without delays. During a press conference, the Republic of North Macedonia Government's Advisor for Energetics sector, Viktor Andonov informed that there are talks with our northern neighbor for import of the needed quantities...

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,”...

In Turkey, continuing forest fires are destroying livelihoods

This story by Doga Celik and Arzu Geybullayeva originally appeared on Global Voices on August 2, 2021. It is republished under a Creative Commons Attribution-Only license.   Since July 28, a total of 125 forest fires have raged through 21 provinces of Turkey with 8 still raging as of August 2. The first fire was reported on July 28. So far, the death toll has reached...

Religious cleric criticizes Turkey’s women’s volleyball team for their appearance in Tokyo Olympics

This story by Arzu Geybullayeva originally appeared on Global Voices on July 27, 2021. It is republished under a Creative Commons Attribution-Only license. Turkey's women's volleyball team, known as the “Sultans of the Net,” beat China 3–0 during a Tokyo Olympic match on July 25. It was a win worth celebrating — China has previously won six Olympic medals in women's volleyball including...

Global Voices: In Turkey, 13-year-old girl challenges stereotypes in athletics

A handball player from Turkey's southeastern province, Şanlıurfa, is breaking stereotypes while galvanizing support for girls’ participation in sports both in her village and around the country, writes Global Voices. Meta.mk republishes the original article, under the cooperation agreement with “Global Voices”. A handball player from Turkey's southeastern province, Şanlıurfa, is breaking stereotypes while galvanizing support for girls’ participation in...

Legendary Italian comics series Zagor turns 60

Comics fans from Italy, a large portion of the Balkans and Turkey have been celebrating the 60th anniversary of the publication of Zagor comics series, which for decades has been one of the most popular in the region. The first episode featuring Zagor was published on June 15, 1961 by the Italian publishing company Sergio Bonelli Editore. The comics was...

“Politika”: Gruevski raises tensions between America and Russia

While it has been formally claimed that fugitive Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski is in Budapest, some articles speculate that he had traveled to Russia or Turkey, reported Serbian pro-government daily newspaper "Politika". The article points out that both Russia and Turkey maintain diplomatic relations with Skopje, but have clashed over pro-Western policies pursued by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. Under...

Heated diplomatic agenda for the Greek government at the end of summer

The unexpected development with the release of the two Greek  soldiers after five months’ imprisonment in Turkey, should not make the Greek government complacent, because the end of summer and the begining ofautumn bring a number of high profile foreign policy issues. The most notorious is the referendum in the Republic of Macedonia on the Prespa Agreement.  Its outcome will...

Ivanov is on an official visit to Turkey and he will meet with Erdogan

The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov and his wife, Maja Ivanov, are on an official visit to Turkey. President Ivanov will have a bilateral meeting in Ankara with the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and with high ranking Turkish officials. AS part of the visit, Ivanov will put a diadem at the...

Yildirim: Greece should not dictate the official name of another country

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim at a press conference with his Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev in Ankara has said that it is wrong for Greece to dictate the official name of Macedonia, but added that he hopes that the two neighboring countries will resolve the dispute in a friendly spirit, Associated Press " reports. "It is wrong for one country...

Zaev will visit Turkey on the 12th of February and will meet with Erdogan and Yildirim

A government delegation, led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, will be visiting the Republic of Turkey, on the 12th of February, informs the government's press service. During Prime Minister Zaev's visit, he will have meetings with Turkey's President, Recep Taip Erdogan, Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim and the President of the Turkish Parliament, Ismail Kahraman. After the meeting with Prime...

DUI: Davutoglu said that Ahmeti is a key factor for the stability in Macedonia

During today's meeting with the President of DUI, Ali Ahmeti, the former Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu has said that "Ahmeti is a key factor for the stability of Macedonia and the region, taking into account that the Albanians live in 6 states across the region and are the main axis for the Balkans' stability," announced DUI. DUI's press...

The Head of the Turkish diplomacy has met with President Ivanov and with Gruevski

The Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu has met today with the president of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, as well as with the president of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski. “At the meeting, it was discussed the further deepening of the bilateral relations and the increase of the cooperation between Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Turkey. President...

Cavusoglu: A great injustice is incurred to Macedonia

The relations between the two states, Macedonia’s priorities, the memberships in the EU and NATO, as well as the political situation in the country and abroad, were the subjects that were discussed the ministers of foreign affairs of Turkey and Macedonia, Mevlut Cavusoglu and Nikola Dimitrov. Cavusoglu said that Macedonia can serve as an example for all other countries...

Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Cavusoglu is visiting Macedonia

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, Mavlut Cavusoglu shall arrive in Macedonia on a working visit. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Cavusoglu shall meet with the head of the Macedonian diplomacy, Nikola Dimitrov. It is expected that at the meeting there shall be a discussion about the bilateral relations and the possibilities for...

Ivanov is attending the Eurasian Economic Summit in Istanbul

Starting from today, President Gjorge Ivanov will be on a two-day working visit to Turkey, where he will be participating at the Eurasian Economic Summit in Istanbul. Ivanov’s cabinet announced that Ivanov will address the attendees at the opening of the 20th Eurasian Economic Summit that this year is organized under the motto of “Humanity at Crossroads” and he will...

The Association of Turkish students appeal that only official institutions should be trusted

The Association of graduate students at the Turkish universities in Macedonia reacted upon the misunderstandings related to the news published in some of the media regarding the termination of the agreement for a mutual recognition of the diplomas in Turkey. Members of the Association said that all the necessary measures were taken and are calling upon to everyone to...

Turkey has canceled the agreement for the recognition of Macedonian diplomas

Turkey has annulled the agreement with Macedonia for a mutual recognition of Macedonian diplomas on all educational levels, says “Alsat M.” The decision was already published at an official gazette in Turkey and it refers to an agreement that was signed by both countries on the 6th of July 1998 and with which Turkey and Macedonia established...

MFA: Macedonian citizens in Turkey are safe

Macedonian citizens who are currently in Turkey are safe, and there have been no reports of casualties or deaths of Macedonian nationals, reports the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Poposki has been in contact via telephone with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who has assured him that the Turkish authorities are working on restoring peace...

Ivanov: Macedonia supports the democratically elected government of the Republic of Turkey

The Republic of Macedonia supports the democratically elected government of the Republic of Turkey, and we are currently holding a meeting which assesses the security issues of this situation, reported President Gjorgi Ivanov’s Cabinet. "After receiving information about the attempted military coup in Turkey, the Army of the Republic of Macedonia undertook a series of measures and activities for the...