North Macedonia, Bulgaria PMs Proclaim Goodwill Ahead of Tough Talks
Bulgarian and North Macedonian Prime Ministers Kiril Petkov and Dimitar Kovacevski told a press conference after their meeting in Skopje on Tuesday that as a sign of initial goodwill, Bulgaria will no longer make an issue of the use of the name North Macedonia in international organisations, dropping its previous claims that the name implicates territorial claims against Bulgaria.
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.
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.
North Macedonia held a Funeral for the 45 Victims of the Bus Crash that occurred in Bulgaria
Hundreds of mourners gathered at a rural cemetery in Morani in North Macedonia in the cold rain on Friday to bury 10 locals, including eight students who were among the 45 killed in a bus crash in Bulgaria, Reuters reported
A Family of 11 is Among the Dead on the “Struma” Highway Incident
Tragedy on "Struma" Highway: Passenger Bus Caught Fire, Leaving at least 46 Dead Including Children
The Republic of North Macedonia has declared national mourning in memory of the victims of the brutal crash of the Struma Highway.
November 24 has been declared a Day of National Mourning in Bulgaria
Conflicting Green Visions Dominate Race to Run North Macedonia’s Capital
This overarching national issue has so far overshadowed the mayoral contest in Skopje, where there has been no direct TV duel between the two candidates ahead of the runoffs.
Arsovska is cross about the recent negative campaigning against her, which this week included an accusation by the Social Democrats that she has double, Bulgarian, citizenship.
North Macedonia Prosecutors Examine Scout Camp Sex Education Scandal
The prosecution in Skopje has opened a preliminary investigation after parents of scouts accused a local scouting organisation in Skopje of organising "improper" sex education games at its recent camp, leaving their children traumatised.
Census in N. Macedonia Is Not about Mere Statistics, Ethnic Minorities' Rights Are at Stake Too
Since early September Ilina Dimitrijevska has been walking endless kilometres every day, going door to door asking people to take part in North Macedonia's first census in nearly two decades.
Her task may be straightforward enough, but the census remains highly sensitive due to the potential impact on the nation's minorities.
Sofia Wants EU to Take Bulgaria's Side in Dispute with North Macedonia
Bulgaria expects effective actions from EU institutions to promote the values of democracy and respect for human rights in the Republic of North Macedonia, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said during his meeting on Tuesday with EU Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi. The meeting was not followed by a media briefing and Várhelyi left for Skopje later the same day.
Will Bugaia's New Government Raise Skopje's European Chances?
"Skopje can get an answer from Sofia in December if Bulgaria has a government with a clear mandate, but the chance of that is very small," Vessela Tcherneva, deputy director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a think-tank specialised in EU foreign affairs, told EURACTIV.