“‘I am convinced that the referendum will succeed, because whenever we have a major historical crossroads we choose wisely and I think that it will be so in this case, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov at the roundtable ‘Euro-Atlantic future for Macedonia?”

The referendum, as he pointed out, is a political legitimization of the direction in which we think we should go.

‘We decided to boldly, honestly and openly look at the problems in the eyes. We managed to close a dispute that dragged us back three decades and open the doors to the future. It is about our stability and security, our financial well-being and access to the best reformist tool that exists, which is the accession negotiations with the EU. The solution is here, it is up to us all as citizens to decide whether we will go forward towards the future and integration or we will go back to isolation,’ said Dimitrov, adding that there is no other alternative to the way forward.” (Balkan EU)

“Leaders of foreign countries and heads of international organisations are expected to visit Skopje in the following period to express their support for the Prespa Agreement in the run-up to the crucial referendum in Macedonia on September 30.

The most resonant visitor to Skopje for this purpose is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will be in Skopje on Saturday September 8, where she will meet with her prime minister of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, as the undersecretary of state, Steffen Seibert, confirmed.” (Nezavisen)

“‘My mandate as prime minister ends in 2020. If the referendum fails, we are probably done with politics. Why do we need to rule when our country has no future? Hence, I have my views regarding the responsibility of all the main political factors about the state, including VMRO-DPMNE, which should be working on securing a prosperous future for the Republic of Macedonia,’ said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev at the conference ‘Macedonia looks ahead: it is the time to get the EU train’ in Skopje, today.” (Meta)