Macedonia

Montenegro WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Opposition Leader, Medojevic, Arrested; Airport Operators Eye Montenegro; Western Balkan Foreign Affairs Ministers Gather in Budva

Montenegro WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Opposition Leader, Medojevic, Arrested; Airport Operators Eye Montenegro; Western Balkan Foreign Affairs Ministers Gather in Budva

“Montenegrin police arrested Nebojsa Medojevic, a lawmaker and a prominent opposition leader, on Friday after a high court ordered he serve a two-month jail sentence passed in March for refusing to testify about high-level corruption. Medojevic, an outspoken critic of long-serving President Milo Djukanovic and his Democratic Party […]

Macedonia Opposition Protest the GovernmentPhoto: MIA/RFERL

Macedonia Opposition Protest the Government

“Several thousand supporters of Macedonia’s conservative opposition have marched through the capital Skopje to protest a proposed agreement with Greece to change the country’s name to North Macedonia. The conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, which governed between 2006 and 2016, renewed a demand Wednesday for an early election, arguing that […]

Macedonia Strips Former Prime Minister of ImmunityPhoto: N1

Macedonia Strips Former Prime Minister of Immunity

“The Commission for Rules of Procedure and Mandate-Immunity Issues, with five votes in favor, adopted the six requests from the Criminal Court to strip MP Nikola Gruevski of his immunity for the purpose of detention. Not a single MP from the opposition VMRO-DPMNE, whose honorary president is Gruevski, […]

Macedonian Politicians to Remain in Jailexploringmacedonia.com

Macedonian Politicians to Remain in Jail

“The former Transport Minister Mile Janakieski and the Former Secretary General Kiril Bozinovski of the government will remain in jail, the court has decided. ‘After the public session held on 26 November 2018, a council of judges at the Appellate Court in Skopje on 27 November 2018 reached […]

Amnesty for April 27 Storming of Macedonian Parliament RejectedPhoto: AP/Boris Grdanoski

Amnesty for April 27 Storming of Macedonian Parliament Rejected

“The opposition’s bid for an amnesty for those involved in the events of April 27th has failed. The legal solution that VMRO-DPMNE had proposed in the Parliament today did not receive the support from the ruling majority. Only 25 MPs voted in favor, while 59 were opposed. ‘I […]

Macedonia Increases Defense BudgetPhoto: United States Department of Defense

Macedonia Increases Defense Budget

“The Minister of Defense, Radmila Shekjerinska, at today’s press conference elaborated the defense budget for 2019, which after a 10 year fall, for the second year has been increasing and this year it will be 135 million euros. ‘Last year, the budget was increased for 15% and the […]

Macedonia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Zaev Says Macedonia Can Be in EU by 2023; Politico: Hungarian Intelligence Assisted Gruevski; Orban Defends Gruevski’s Asylum Request; Defense Minister Visits Troops in AfghanistanPhoto: N1

Macedonia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Zaev Says Macedonia Can Be in EU by 2023; Politico: Hungarian Intelligence Assisted Gruevski; Orban Defends Gruevski’s Asylum Request; Defense Minister Visits Troops in Afghanistan

“‘At the moment, we have adapted our legislature and completed much of the work. There are chapters which we are going to open and then immediately close. Nonetheless, everything depends on us and if we push through everything according to plan, I believe Macedonia can join the EU […]

Boycott of the Macedonian 2020 Census?exploringmacedonia.com

Boycott of the Macedonian 2020 Census?

“Announcements for conducting the census in April 2020 without recording ethnic and religious affiliation, and recording only the mother tongue, has already polarized the public. Social networks also announce a boycott of this statistical operation, political parties argue between each other, and experts compare different examples in the […]

Former Prime Minister Gruevski Granted Political Asylum in HungaryPhoto: N1

Former Prime Minister Gruevski Granted Political Asylum in Hungary

“Former Macedonian prime minister Nikola Gruevski, who fled abroad after being sentenced to two years in prison on corruption-related charges, said on Tuesday that he had been granted political asylum in Hungary. Macedonian police had issued an arrest warrant for Gruevski, who resigned in 2016 after a decade […]