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Old 05-03-2018, 04:09 PM   #871
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Could this be viewed as positive news?

No change in the name is the attitude of almost half of the citizens or 47.1 percent, according to the latest poll by the MCIC and the Institute for Democracy, published by Telma. Only 14.4 percent of citizens would accept a “double formula”, nearly as much as 14.1 would accept a name for overall use or ‘erga omnes’. An agreed name for international organizations is acceptable to 13.6 percent of the respondents, while 10.1 percent would support an agreed name for overall international use.

The poll by the MCIC and the Institute for Democracy covered the issue of changing the Constitution, showing that this is unacceptable for 48.3 percent of citizens, compared to only 16.4 percent of which a change of the constitutional name is acceptable. Regarding ethnicity, 60.7 percent of Macedonians do not accept any change in the Constitution, while 41.8 percent of Albanians accept the constitutional name change.

The public opinion poll showed which adjective or addition of the name would be the most acceptable for citizens to reach a solution. 17.1 percent for “Gorna”, for “Skopje”, 11.9 percent, for “Nova” – 9.5, for “North” 8.1 percent and for Vardarska 5.9 percent. The majority of respondents 44, percent are not for any addition.

Regarding the issue of citizenship or nationality according to the definitions in the United Nations, out of the offered four options, the largest number of 47.9 percent stated that citizenship should be written as македонско/ Macedonian. An eventual option – a citizen of the Republic of Upper Macedonia translated into English is acceptable for 14.4 percent.The most acceptable definition of language in the United Nations for 45.7 percent is “Macedonian” – with a translation into English, while 16.5 percent find “Macedonian” written in Latin acceptable.

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Old 05-03-2018, 06:30 PM   #872
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Unacceptable to less than half of the population.
Positive news?
Sure.
Like cancer ravaging less than half a body.
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Old 05-03-2018, 06:51 PM   #873
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Well, if we assume that 20% of the respondents were Albanians and nearly all of them were for a name change, then we're talking about near 60% of ethnic Macedonians are against the name change.

Which is better than I personally was expecting in such a poll.
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:41 PM   #874
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http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/arti...ase-05-15-2018

Macedonia’s Zaev Moves to Strengthen Majority

Two small ethnic Albanian parties are to join Macedonia’s ruling coalition as part of a first reshuffle by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev aimed at growing his slim majority in parliament

The coalition will be joined by two MPs of the Democratic Party of Albanians, DPA, and three MPs aligned with a faction of the BESA party led by Afrim Gashi, BIRN reported.

The ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, is already in the government.

The move will ease pressure on Zaev’s wafer-thin majority in parliament, where since his election in April 2017 he has relied on the support of just 61 of 120 MPs.

Sources from the ruling majority told BIRN that the forthcoming reshuffle will include a total of nine ministerial posts, most of them deputy ministers.

Each party will receive one ministerial post in Zaev’s cabinet, they told BIRN.

Those sources, and sources within the ethnic Albanian parties, say the DPA will most likely take charge of foreign investment, with former DPA MP Bardhyl Dauti the strongest candidate to replace DUI’s Ramiz Merko after he was elected mayor of Struga.

Government sources say BESA will most likely take over the Culture Minister from Zaev’s Social Democrats.

The two parties that are joining the government are expected to discuss and officially announce their move in coming days.

Following the government reshuffle, BIRN sources claim that the government is also planning changes in about 30 per cent of the directorial posts in public institutions and companies.

Sources within Zaev’s Social Democrats point out that the planned new appointments will be done in the coming weeks in coordination with all government partners and will take into account public criticism for the current government shortcomings, and its failure to more energetically tackle corruption and crime.

The reshuffle comes as Zaev girds for a backlash by opponents to a possible deal with Greece over Macedonia’s name, which Athens wants changed before it drops its objection to Skopje’s NATO and European Union membership.
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:43 PM   #875
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Endless accession talks loom amid notions of EU enlargement

Europe Letter: EU leaders gather in Sofia to reassure western Balkan states of future

Don’t mention the “E” word.

We are gathering once again in Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, to do justice to its EU presidency priority, celebrating and reaffirming the “European perspective” of the nations of the western Balkans. Though it’s not to be said out loud, what is meant is the “E” word, enlargement – eventually – of the EU.

It’s the first time in 15 years that the union has had such a joint summit with the WBs, a reality not unconnected with the enlargement fatigue that set in with the last economic crisis and which has not been shaken off. Croatia slipped in since then, unnoticed, but that’s it!

So although Serbia and Montenegro are formally involved in accession negotiations, like those for Turkey, these are as endless as the proverbial piece of string.

And the EU will almost certainly agree to open the same endless negotiations with Macedonia (sorry, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, or Fyrom, to give it its correct title) and Albania in June. As for Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo, well the “perspective” is very, very long.

In each of the six Balkan states, moreover, the pre-accession reform programme to bring their economy and administrative systems into line with the EU has barely begun, and is hugely arduous.

As a helpful journalist pointed out during a Brussels briefing this week on the summit, 15 years ago at Thessalonika the EU managed to mention the “E” word in the summit conclusions. How come, if everything is as rosy as the European Commission likes to suggest, we are only talking “perspective” this time?

Yet, remarkably, they’ll all be here today, and grateful, all understanding that the “E” word will not be mentioned. We are talking instead about assistance to “connectivity” in the region – infrastructure, motorways, airports, broadband, people – things the EU does really well.

Secessionist woes

Even getting here, however, hasn’t been easy. Five member states of the union don’t recognise Kosovo as a state – Spain, Greece, Slovakia, Romania and Cyprus – and such is his concern not to give the slightest comfort to secessionism at home (ie Catalans, for those of you who have not been concentrating), Spanish prime minister Mariana Rajoy is actually boycotting the gig on Thursday.

Serbia has been prevailed on to attend, but only just. But its casus belli with Kosovo is far more than just recognition. The Serb minority in northern Kosovo, supported by Belgrade, is in a state of permanent insurrection against rule from Pristina.

And bitterly embattled Greece and Macedonia will be meeting on the sidelines to see if they can hammer out an agreement on the latter’s name. North Macedonia? Upper Macedonia? No sign of white smoke yet. (Greece sees simple “Macedonia” as an expression of implied expansionist ambitions on its neighbour’s part, and will certainly block any further talk of its accession to the EU if the name issue is not resolved.)

It’s not all loggerheads, however, as a senior EU source pointed out to us in determinedly pot-half-full mode. Recently Bulgaria and Macedonia have signed a friendship treaty to resolve longstanding fractious differences. And Kosovo and Montenegro have agreed on a process for resolving disagreements over a border demarcation deal between the two countries.

But then there’s also poor Bosnia Herzegovina struggling with its unresolved ethnic divisions and a powersharing-based political system that is barely surviving.

Border issues

Occasionally someone pipes up to say that of course no one is going to be admitted to the EU while they are actively in dispute with their neighbour or have unresolved border issues. These are not disputes that the union would contemplate importing, though it did make an exception for Cyprus.

And there’s nothing to stop a member state once admitted from picking such fights and then expecting the union to side with it (Greece comes to mind).

A century ago, the Ottoman empire lost the Balkans from its sphere of influence and since then they have drifted rudderless, rooted in neither East nor West, gripped by poverty and unable to shake off the poison of nationalism and the wars it has fuelled.

European leaders have expressed concern over Turkey’s expanding influence in the western Balkans, particularly since Ankara has taken a more authoritarian turn. Speaking to the European Parliament last month, France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, put Ankara and Moscow in the same bracket, saying he did not want the Balkans to “turn towards Turkey or Russia”.

There’s a lot at stake in Sofia – the EU’s determination to show the Balkan six that they have a future in its ambit is as much about demonstrating the effectiveness of the union as a peace project in this troubled region as with securing its own borders. Strategic and humanitarian imperatives merge
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Boutaris beaten by Pontains in Solun:

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Those offspring of former Turkish nationals will be applauded for their disgusting behaviour in Greece.
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Old 05-20-2018, 12:18 AM   #878
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The most gutless and deplorable scum of humanity...this is the shit that we are negotiating our name and identity with...
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The Macedonian court rejects corruption charges against Zoran Zaev (who took office and held in office by the influence of a few puppeteers in foreign diplomats, for the purpose of signing a deal with Greece), despite clear video evidence in which he asks for a bribe from a businessman. Yet the same courts' jailed Macedonian most famous opera singer Igor Dulovski, for terrorism based on video evidence him smiling during the storming of parliament last year.

Fucken travesty......

https://youtu.be/s1GYSX1jhHk
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The Macedonian court rejects corruption charges against Zoran Zaev (who took office and held in office by the influence of a few puppeteers in foreign diplomats, for the purpose of signing a deal with Greece), despite clear video evidence in which he asks for a bribe from a businessman. Yet the same courts' jailed Macedonian most famous opera singer Igor Dulovski, for terrorism based on video evidence him smiling during the storming of parliament last year.

Fucken travesty......

https://youtu.be/s1GYSX1jhHk
If you think the above is a travesty.....

Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva ignoring massive corruption around Zaev is bewildering. But then it made sense upon reading, last year Janeva's sister got a public grant to start a hair-dressing business, then a career advancement, as a couple of weeks ago, Janeva's sister was named by the government as a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

They aren't even trying to hide their corruption.
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