Macedonia

Macedonia Formally Demands Fugitive Former Prime Minister ReturnedPhoto: N1

Macedonia Formally Demands Fugitive Former Prime Minister Returned

“The Macedonian Foreign Ministry has summoned Hungary’s ambassador to Skopje to formally demand that the government in Budapest reject an asylum application by fugitive former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. The ministry said in a statement on November 19 that State Secretary Viktor Dimovski handed over a ‘note of protest’ to Ambassador Laszlo […]

Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic, right, speaks during a press conference after talks with EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn, left, in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. Hahn says Serbia must reach an agreement on normalization of relations with Kosovo if it wants to join the block. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)Photo: AP/Darko Vojinovic

Vucic: Macedonian President Passed Through Serbia

“Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic confirmed on Monday evening that Macedonia’s former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski crossed into Hungary from Serbia before an international arrest warrant was issued. Gruevski was sentenced to two years in prison by a Macedonian court but fled the country before he was due to […]

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Macedonia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: US Mission to OSCE Statement Responds to Russian Accusations; New Details Emerge of Former PM Gruevski’s Escape; Macedonians Protest Government in Skopje; President Ivanov on Working Visit to Jordan

“It is unfortunate the Russian Federation spreads disinformation and unfounded allegations about political developments in the Western Balkans. This is a region whose people have decided independently their Euro-Atlantic future, and we support their sovereign right to pursue it, even if Russia disapproves. Just one month ago in […]

Hungary Acknowledges Asylum Request From Former PM of MacedoniaPhoto: N1

Hungary Acknowledges Asylum Request From Former PM of Macedonia

“Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has confirmed that former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski is in Budapest and that the authorities there are handling his asylum application in accordance with domestic and international law. ‘Nikola Gruevski has applied for asylum to the relevant Hungarian authorities. The former Macedonian […]

Former Macedonian Prime Minister Seeking Political Asylum in HungaryPhoto: N1

Former Macedonian Prime Minister Seeking Political Asylum in Hungary

“Macedonia’s Interior Ministry says it will seek the arrest of conservative former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski on an international warrant after confirming he fled to Hungary to avoid serving a two-year prison sentence for corruption. The ministry reacted almost five hours after Gruevski wrote on Facebook that he was in […]

Macedonia Should Improve Legal Definitions of VAT SystemPhoto: Rašo

Macedonia Should Improve Legal Definitions of VAT System

“It’s time to provide clarity on legal definitions to improve Macedonia’s VAT system, says professor of economics Marjan Petreski. The deterioration of the rule of law, low accountability and transparency, particularly concerning the spending of public money, the perception of senior government officials’ impunity and ignoring the voice […]

EBRD: Macedonia Should Further Develop Renewable Energy CapacityPhoto: Balkan Green Energy News/Pixabay

EBRD: Macedonia Should Further Develop Renewable Energy Capacity

“Macedonia should further develop renewable energy capacity following the introduction of the new energy law, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on Tuesday. ‘The authorities face a window of opportunity in terms of attracting new investments following the introduction of the new energy law,’ the […]

Macedonian Police Issue Arrest Warrant for ex-Prime MinisterPhoto: N1

Macedonian Police Issue Arrest Warrant for ex-Prime Minister

“Macedonian police have issued an arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who has been convicted and sentenced to a two-year prison term on corruption-related charges. Interior Ministry spokesman Toni Angelovski said the warrant for Gruevski’s arrest was issued November 12 following court instructions. Judges on November […]

Osmani Meets EU Enlargement CommissionerPhoto: Marcin Szala

Osmani Meets EU Enlargement Commissioner

“Vice PM for European Affairs Bujar Osmani briefed Monday in Brussels the EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, about Macedonia’s progress in implementing the necessary reforms on the road to EU membership. ‘The (reform) plan 18 has already been adopted by the Government and […]