Spring date formally set for North Macedonia elections amid EU bid

North Macedonia 's parliament speaker on Wednesday formally set early parliamentary and presidential elections in the spring as the country makes a bid to join the European Union.

Following opposition pressure, North Macedonia's main political parties agreed in December to organize general elections on May 8, two months early. A caretaker government was appointed last month.

North Macedonia Opposition Chief: Bulgarian Guarantees Needed for Constitutional Change

North Macedonia's opposition would support a constitutional change as a concession to Bulgaria, but only if Bulgaria guarantees that is all it wants to end the two countries' dispute, the head of the VMRO-DPMNE party, Hristijan Mickoski, told BIRN.

North Macedonia Comes out with Protest Note in Response to Bulgarian MEP Outburst

The Macedonain Foreign Affairs Ministry and the VMRO-DPMNE party issued a protest to Bulgaria after the latest nationalist outburst from Bulgarian member of the European Parliament Angel Dzhambazki. Dzhambazki, who is part of the VMRO-BND party which is in Prime Minister Borisov's coalition, threatened Macedonia with a "dreadful end" if it "continues to reject its Bulgarian character".

Thousands join in North Macedonia opposition protest

Thousands of opposition supporters marched peacefully through North Macedonia's capital Skopje late Tuesday to protest what they claim was interference in the judiciary by the country's former prime minister.
The protest to the Supreme Court building was organized by the conservative main opposition VMRO-DPMNE party amid campaigning for early parliamentary elections on April 12.