Macedonia

Macedonian President Against Changing the Identity of Macedonia

Macedonian President Against Changing the Identity of Macedonia

“‘No politician has the mandate to negotiate the identity of a nation. The majority of Macedonian citizens did not vote for a government that stipulates a change of the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia for the purpose of changing the constitutional name of the state. Therefore, neither […]

Macedonian Foreign Minister Holds Press Conference on Name IssuePhoto: EWB

Macedonian Foreign Minister Holds Press Conference on Name Issue

” (Macedonian)Foreign Minister Dimitrov held a press conference related to all aspects of the Agreement with Greece. Dimitrov said there are firm guarantees regarding Macedonia’s NATO accession, because the agreement cannot enter into force if Greece fails to ratify the NATO accession protocols in its parliament. ‘The agreement […]

Jamestown Foundation: “High Turnout Critical for Macedonia’s Referendum”exploringmacedonia.com

Jamestown Foundation: “High Turnout Critical for Macedonia’s Referendum”

“In the run-up to Macedonia’s referendum on changing the country’s name (scheduled for September 30), the main focus of the government in Skopje has become ensuring a high turnout. In the current polarizing political environment, with President Gjorge Ivanov calling for a boycott of the referendum, the ruling […]

US Ambassador Baily: Macedonia is at a crossroads

US Ambassador Baily: Macedonia is at a crossroads

“A decision the citizens of Macedonia will make in the upcoming referendum is crucial for the country’s future, US Ambassador Jess Baily told reporters Monday during his visit to Kumanovo. ‘I am glad to be here when Macedonia is at a crossroad. I hope that citizens will come out and […]

State Department Balkan Country Reports on TerrorismPhoto: AP

State Department Balkan Country Reports on Terrorism

“BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Overview: Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) remained a cooperative counterterrorism partner and continued to increase its counterterrorism capacity in 2017. Legislative loopholes and lenient sentencing, however, remained major challenges. Some operational domestic coordination exists, but interpersonal and interagency infighting and stovepiping undermined effective cooperation. Extremist ideology and […]

Macedonia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Macedonian President Urges Boycott of Vote at Diaspora Gala in Michigan; Macedonian PM Hopes for US Backing in Referendum; Stoltenberg: NATO door is open

Macedonia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Macedonian President Urges Boycott of Vote at Diaspora Gala in Michigan; Macedonian PM Hopes for US Backing in Referendum; Stoltenberg: NATO door is open

“Macedonia’s President Gorge Ivanov has decried an agreement that would change the country’s name to end a long-standing dispute with Greece, calling on his compatriots to boycott the vote on the deal that takes place on September 30. President Ivanov said he would not vote in the referendum, saying the deal with […]

WEEKEND READ: The Jacobian – “Ninety-Minute Nationalists”

WEEKEND READ: The Jacobian – “Ninety-Minute Nationalists”

“Football grounds in the former Yugoslavia have a grim record of sectarian violence. After the collapse of the postwar socialist state and the region’s descent into all-out war in the 1990s, some stadiums were used for prison camps and even for mass executions. Even in more recent times, football in the Balkans […]

China +16 Kicks Off in DubrovnikPhoto: Vogue.com/Alamy

China +16 Kicks Off in Dubrovnik

“Investment, health tourism and better business cooperation are the most important topics of the 4th international ministerial conference China +16, which started in the southern Adriatic resort of Dubrovnik on Wednesday, bringing together over 100 participants. Croatian Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli said the Chinese market held enormous potential, […]

RFE/RL: “Court Rejects Bids To Cancel Macedonia’s Name-Change Referendum”Photo: Twitter

RFE/RL: “Court Rejects Bids To Cancel Macedonia’s Name-Change Referendum”

“Macedonia’s Constitutional Court has rejected two bids to declare the September 30 referendum on changing the country’s name to North Macedonia illegal and unconstitutional. Judges voted 7-2 on September 19 to reject the two lawsuits filed by Skopje-based diaspora group the World Macedonian Congress and the small, left-wing […]

UK Minister for Europe Visited Macedoniaexploringmacedonia.com

UK Minister for Europe Visited Macedonia

“The UK’s Minister for Europe, Sir Alan Duncan, has travelled to Macedonia to hold talks with the country’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. The UK’s Minister for Europe, Sir Alan Duncan, has travelled to Macedonia at the start of a two-day visit to the Western Balkans, underlining the […]