“Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias says he and his Macedonian counterpart made progress toward reaching a settlement in the decades-old dispute over the name of the former Yugoslav republic.

‘Today, we made steps to solve the problems we inherited,’ Kotzias told a joint news conference in Skopje on March 23 after with meeting with Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov.

‘We are committed to resolve them and contribute to the friendship between the two peoples, to stability and security, the development of both countries and the whole region,’ he said.

‘We have agreed in great degree what we want for the future,’ he added.

Dimitrov told the news conference that ‘we have to overcome the current difference [over the name]…which is not easy.’

He said he was seeking a ‘common solution’ that would be ‘worthy…without humiliation.'” (RFE/RL)

“Seven days after the Law on the Use of Languages was voted in Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, and President Gjorge Ivanov has refused to sign the Decree for its entry into force, and now it is still not clear what will happen further on.

Such a situation has not been foreseen by the Constitution, which, although it says that the president should sign the second vote in Parliament, it is not clear what happens if he does not sign off on it.

According to the explanation of the legislative process on the Parliament’s website, in normal conditions, the law should have been published in the Official Gazette, i.e. within 7 days of the vote.

When Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi was asked what they are going to do regarding this issue, he answered in laconic manner that ‘there are variations.’” (Meta)

“Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in an interview for CNN said they have found many profiles coming from Macedonia spreading fake news, saying he is prepared to testify before Congress for the abuse of personal data of millions of users.

‘In 2017, during the special election, the senate seat in Alabama, we deployed some new AI tools that we built to detect fake accounts that were trying to spread false news and we found a lot of different accounts coming from Macedonia. So, I think the reality here is that this isn’t rocket science. Right? And there’s a lot of hard work that we need to do to make it harder for nation-states like Russia to do election interference, to make it so that trolls and other folks can’t spread fake news, but we can get in front of this,’ says Zuckerberg.” (Nezavisen)