Tag Archives: Balkans

Macedonia: President Ivanov refuses to sign 11 bills under new name

President of North Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov has refused to sign proclamation decrees for 11 bills approved by parliament with the new country’s name, Republic of North Macedonia.

According to parliament, President Gjorge Ivanov’s office informed them that he has “always acted in accordance with solemn oath that he would protect the constitution and defend the interest of the Republic of Macedonia”.

USA | Ex-CIA agent: – We got millions to destroy Yugoslavia

Former CIA agent, Robert Baer, said in an interview with the Bosnian-speaking newspaper WebTribune, during a promotion tour for his upcoming book “Secrets of the White House”, in Quebec, Canada, that he and his group of agents in the nineties received millions of dollars to spread hatred and contributing to disunity in Yugoslavia. Baer was a leading agent for the CIA in 1991-94, and about his job then he says among other things:

Greece | Greek Parliament ratifies ‘North Macedonia’ accord

Greece on Friday ratified a landmark accord that changes the name of the neighbouring Former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia(FYROM), ending a decades-old dispute with its neighbour and opening the way for the ex-Yugoslav republic to join the European Union and NATO.

Greece | Tsipras wins confidence vote with 151 majority, paving way for Prespes deal

Following two days of vehement debate in Parliament, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won a motion of confidence in his government late on Wednesday with 151 votes in favor and 148 against.

Attention now shifts to a vote on the Macedonia name deal, which is expected to come to Parliament early next week and whose passage is less certain.

“Why I don’t recognize North Macedonia as my home country”

by Goran Lazarevski

Last week, Macedonia’s Parliament approved a constitutional amendment to change the country’s name to the Republic of North Macedonia. Under the agreement, the country’s language will be called Macedonian and its people known as Macedonians/citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia. The new name will be used both internationally and bilaterally, so that even the 140 or more countries that recognise the name Macedonia will also have to adopt North Macedonia. In Macedonian, the name is Severna Makedonija. While mainstream media have described this vote as “historic” – voices from the Left have been highly critical of it. We present here one such perspective by Goran Lazarevski.