“Several thousand supporters of Macedonia’s opposition VMRO-DPMNE party protested on Saturday against changing the name of the country and to demand an early election because of the poor state of the economy, which contracted last year.
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has promised to boost the economy and accelerate the country’s accession to NATO and the European Union, moves that have so far been blocked by its neighbor and EU member Greece in a row over Macedonia’s name.
People waving Macedonian and party flags gathered in front of the government building in the capital, Skopje, with some of them holding banners that read: “Macedonia will win.”
Macedonia and Greece have been holding talks to resolve the long-running row over the use by the former Yugoslav republic of the name Macedonia, which Greece says implies a territorial claim because its northern province has the same name.” (Voice of America)
“Macedonia’s president says he is against any solution to the dispute with neighboring Greece over Macedonia’s name if his country has to change the way it calls itself domestically.
President Gjorge Ivanov also said Thursday in a statement that the potential agreement should not involve changes to Macedonia’s constitution.” (Tampa Bay Times)
“The population census in the Republic of Macedonia in 2020 will be conducted from 1 to 21 April. About 5,000 people will be engaged on field, and this time will be used a combined method that implies besides using field data, and data from registries. It is estimated that this operation will cost up to 8.5m euros.
This is stated by the director of the State Statistical Office. Apostol Simovski. In an interview with MIA, he expressed regret that the 2011 census was unsuccessful and that this, as an institution, will be considered a great burden.
‘Since we celebrate 73 years of existence of the State Statistics in the Republic of Macedonia, with great regret, I can conclude that what made us most known in the country – conducting a census, in 2011 we were not able to do it. No matter what the reasons were, we would have this shame for a long time.'” (Nezavisen)