North Macedonia

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".

MEPs Spur Sofia, Skopje to Iron out Controversies for the Sake of Common EU Good

Addressing the European Parliament (EP) on Thursday, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi encouraged Skopje and Sofia to redouble their efforts to find a mutually acceptable solution to the pending bilateral issues. The EP is expected to vote later in the day on the progress reports on North Macedonia and three other Western Balkan countries.

German MP who Lobbied for North Macedonia’s Ousted Regime Resigns

Tobias Zech, a legislator from the centre-right Christian Social Union, CSU, the ruling party in Bavaria and sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU, has quit after Germany's Spiegel revealed that he lobbied for Nikola Gruevski's ousted authoritarian regime in North Macedonia in 2016.

Kosovo’s Kurti Urges Albanians Abroad to Join North Macedonia Census

Kosovo's potential Prime Minister, Albin Kurti, has used his growing popularity in the wider Albanian diaspora to call on ethnic Albanians from North Macedonia to take part in that country's census.

In snap elections in Kosovo on February 14, Kurti's Vetevendosje party received the support of more than 75 per cent of the more than 50,000 votes that Kosovars living abroad cast.

North Macedonia Detains Magnate Kamcev, Citing Suspected Escape Plans

North Macedonian law enforcement has placed the businessman Orce Kamcev in 30 days' detention in Shutka prison near Skopje, on the request of the Organised Crime Prosecution, which said there was a risk he might flee the country.

The prosecution on Sunday said it requested his detention after receiving "info from the National Security Agency that he might be preparing an escape".

North Macedonia to Probe Corruption Concerns in Vaccine Procurement Affair

The head of the Anti-Corruption Commission in North Macedonia, Biljana Ivanovska, on Friday said that before launching an official inquiry into the country's COVID vaccine troubles, they had "started collecting information on the affair" in which Health Minister Venko Filipce is accused of trying to procure Chinese vaccines through a questionable intermediary firm.