North Macedonia president sees Western Balkans as European security ‘soft spot’
North Macedonia's president described the Western Balkans on Tuesday as a soft spot in Europe's security architecture and ripe for potential influence campaigns by Russia.
"The soft spot in Europe's architecture and danger from the Kremlin is the Western Balkans," President Stevo Pendarovski told an event at the World Economic Forum.
North Macedonia took over the Chairmanship of the OSCE, Main Priority will be Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
North Macedonia took over the chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Sunday and will lead it for the next 12 months. The foreign minister of the country, Bujar Osmani, became the chairman of the OSCE and defined the restoration of mutual trust and the need to resume the dialogue on security issues as the main tasks for the current year.
Macedonian Cultural Club was Opened Today in Bulgaria – Without Provocations or Hatred
A Macedonian cultural club was opened today in Blagoevgrad. Unlike the opening of the Bulgarian clubs in North Macedonia ("Tsar Boris" III in Ohrid and "Ivan Mihailov" in Bitola), everything happened without provocations from the Bulgarian side.
The Construction of a Railway Section between North Macedonia and Bulgaria has been Launched
The Prime Ministers of Bulgaria and the Republic of North Macedonia, Galab Donev and Dimitar Kovachevski, launched the construction of the railway line from Kumanovo to Beljakovce in our southwestern neighbor. The line should reach the border with Bulgaria and is part of the trans-European corridor number 8 - a project more than two decades old.
Before coming to Serbia, von der Leyen said: "EU has prepared emergency support"
According to her, the European Union has prepared a support package for the entire Western Balkans to help it deal with the energy crisis.
After the Fall of the Bulgarian Veto, the EU will send Border Guards to North Macedonia
The European Union will send officers from its Frontex border agency to help Macedonian border guards fight illegal migrants after signing an agreement on October 20 to do so.
So far, it has been blocked by Bulgaria's veto on North Macedonia's EU integration, as Sofia did not allow the agreement to be signed in the Macedonian language.
Yet Another Attack on a Bulgarian Cultural Center in North Macedonia!
Today, the Bulgarian cultural center "Tsar Boris III" in Ohrid was attacked, which was opened only a few days ago by Dr. Milen Vrabevski - the main supporter of the Bulgarian associations in North Macedonia.
GEN-I launches largest solar plant in North Macedonia
Slovenian energy company GEN-I has constructed the largest solar plant in North Macedonia, which will generate 25,000 megawatt hours of green energy to meet the needs of more than 5,500 households, GEN-I said in a statement on Tuesday. The plant was connected to the Macedonian grid in September but the inauguration event was held in the capital of Skopje on Tuesday.
North Macedonia’s PM: The opening of the Bulgarian Club in Ohrid is a Provocation
"I think that this is a provocation that does no good," said the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Dimitar Kovachevski, on the occasion of the protests yesterday at the opening of the Bulgarian club "Tsar Boris III" in Ohrid.
Loud Protest against the opening of a Bulgarian club in North Macedonia
Several hundred people blow vuvuzelas and chant: "Bulgarians - Tatars and fascists" in Ohrid in front of the building where the Bulgarian club "Tsar Boris III" is to be officially opened, BGNES reports.
Some of the protesters also carry posters with inscriptions against Bulgaria and appeals against the European Union, which supported the "fascist demands of Bulgaria".