“EU Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn will arrive to Skopje tomorrow. This visit will also mark the start of the screening process, which is expected to accompany the beginning of EU accession talks.

According to the agenda, tomorrow morning, Hahn will hold a meeting with PM Zoran Zaev, after which he will meet with parliamentary speaker, Talat Xhaferi and leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski.” (Nezavisen)


“Zlatko Dimovski started his wedding day the traditional way – a walk to a graveyard in the Macedonian village of Galicnik to talk to the dead and invite them to the ceremony.

He then got shaved and marched through the streets with a group of his friends to call on his future wife, Tanja Lepcenska.

The couple were picked to be the star players of this year’s Galicnik wedding festival – an annual display of Macedonian culture that draws in returning diaspora and tourists.” (EuroNews)


“A Russian billionaire living in Greece has given hundreds of thousands of euros to Macedonian opponents of the country’s proposed name change. The recipients include football hooligans who have rioted in the capital.

Macedonia’s prime minister has accused ‘Greek businessmen’ sympathetic to Russia’s interests of fomenting unrest in the country over its proposed name change, which — if it goes forward — will finally enable it to join NATO.

Now, interior ministry documents seen by the Investigative Reporting Lab Macedonia, a partner of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), reveal the source of at least some of the payments: At least 300,000 euros were given to opponents of the renaming by Ivan Savvidi, a Russian billionaire living in Greece who was formerly a member of the Russian parliament.” (OCCRP)