Latest News from Macedonia

Study: Bulgarians with a Firmer Stance on Relations with North Macedonia this Year

Over 70% of Bulgarians consider settling Skopje's relations with Sofia a priority, rather than Skopje's path to the European Union. Fluctuations in this regard have subsided within a year and the structure of opinions shows an almost automatic picture. The youngest and different minority groups are a little more distant from the topic.

Frontex Denies ‘Expelling’ Migrant Watchdog Team from Greek Border

Frontex told BIRN that all due procedures were followed, after the Italy-based Association for Legal Studies on Immigration, ASGI, claimed the EU border agency and Greek police on November 6 intercepted a team of four ASGI legal experts near the border village of Idomeni in Greece and forced them back to North Macedonia,

Balkan Countries Unfazed by Belarus’s Import Ban

Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia are not likely to be affected economically by a ban on food imports imposed by Belarus, which starts on January 1.

Although not part of the EU, they have joined recent increased EU and Western sanctions on Belarus, imposed over the migrant crisis at the Polish border, for which Minsk is blamed.

North Macedonia Deal to Revisit Ethnically Charged Cases Questioned

The issue of several ethnically charged court cases that has dogged multi-ethnic North Macedonia for years reemerged on Sunday, when the Prime Minister and Social Democratic leader, Zoran Zaev, signed a coalition deal with a small ethnic Albanian party to boost the government's slim majority.

Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister: Bulgaria's Veto will Fall

Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister Artan Grubi claims that in December the Republic of North Macedonia (RNM) will receive positive signals for the start of negotiations for accession to the European Union (EU).

President Pahor starts visits to Serbia, Kosovo

Belgrade – President Borut Pahor will visit Serbia on Sunday and Kosovo on Monday as he prepares for the next summit of the Brdo-Brijuni Process, a regional cooperation initiative. He is scheduled to meet Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić today, and Kosovar President Vjosa Osmani and Prime Minister Albin Kurti tomorrow.

Mitsotakis in Kozani and Ioannina – Meeting for de-lignification

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit Kozani and Ioannina today and tomorrow.

Tomorrow, Friday, the Prime Minister will meet in Kozani with representatives of the University of Western Macedonia, will have a meeting with local bodies and will chair a meeting on the course of de-lignification and fair transition.

Stefan Yanev and Zoran Zaev: “We are Together in Good and in Bad Times

Today is a strange day. A day marked by two serious tragedies - last night's incident in the Varna village of Royak, where nine Bulgarian citizens died. The tragedy is still being investigated. Investigative bodies must do their job. A few hours later, a new tragedy marked today.

Heavy weather report – Where the storms will “hit” in the next hours

The weather will worsen over the next hours, today Monday (22-11-2021) and from the west with the main characteristics being heavy rains and thunderstorms, which will be accompanied locally by hail.

More detail:

1. Today Monday (22-11-2021) heavy rains and thunderstorms will affect the Ionian Islands and gradually Epirus, western Sterea and western Peloponnese.

Gruevski’s Carefree Days in Hungary Perhaps Nearing an End

All of this while back in Gruevski's home country, things are in flux as well. Gruevski's conservative VMRO DPMNE party, which under his rule was widely accused of "capturing the state institutions" including the judiciary, is now in a serious position to take on the pro-European Social Democratic leader Zoran Zaev, who toppled Gruevski back in 2017.

Desperate SOS from hospital doctors, government poised for conscription of private physicians

With many hospitals in northern Greece and Thessaly at the verge of collapse due to the enormous and steadily growing number of COVID-19 cases, the government is poised to proceed with the conscription of private doctors if they continue to ignore the government's plea for them to join the battle to prevent a disaster in the National Health System.