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Old 01-28-2021, 12:40 PM   #611
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Zaev’s nod to Serbia reveals the extent of Bulgaria’s frustration with him

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Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is ignoring the latest round of accusations from Bulgaria, but they point to a serious new regional power-game over Macedonia. A routine statement of congratulating one of Macedonia’s ethnic communities on its national holiday, the types of which Macedonian politicians make every few weeks, sparked anger in Bulgaria.

The issue is that the community in question is the Serbian community. Serbia and Bulgaria have been locked in a long conflict over regional dominance, which has largely played out over Macedonians’ heads. Both countries have tried to expand their influence over Macedonia, recruit supporters, funded armed groups and churches and had them engage in fighting each other almost as much as the nominal enemy – the Ottoman Empire. Eventually they carved Macedonia up in 1913, with Greece grabbing the biggest slice, after previously Serbia and Greece ganged up on Bulgaria.

Zaev promised that he will restore Serbian language education in elementary schools, after the language was removed from being part of mandatory education in Yugoslavia. Serbian language media and their overall cultural influence were dominant in the Republic of Macedonia until 1991, and continue to be well watched, while Bulgaria’s presence is negligible – an issue Bulgarian politicians have often raised in their disputes with Zaev. Bulgaria happily and quickly recognized Macedonia’s independence, helped during the Greek embargo and donated a large number of its surplus tanks to Macedonia, but after its EU membership, its growing to leverage the veto power into more concessions on historic issues have been met with a negative reaction in Macedonia. More recent attempts at having a charm offensive (both Bulgaria and Serbia promised Zaev a donation of coronavirus vaccines, but neither has delivered) are drowned out by the hundreds of angry social media comments every time the two countries lock horns in front of a European Council meeting.

This is why Zaev’s statement to the Serbian community has sparked such anger in Bulgaria, especially among politicians who placed high hopes in Zaev, and expected that he will deliver for them a rewriting of Macedonian history and will push Macedonians toward adopting a Bulgarian identity.

Will Zaev extend a similar message to Bulgarians in Macedonia on the occasion of a Bulgarian holiday? Will he congratulate on the day of Goce Delcev, one of the most celebrated heroes of the Bulgarian people and announce the opening of a Bulgarian cultural center in Skopje and restore the teaching of the Bulgarian language in elementary schools that was abolished by Tito and the Yugoslav Communist Party? Will he remove textbooks where Bulgaria and Bulgarians are represented as Tatars and Mongols, occupiers, fascists and enemies of the Macedonians?, Kovatchev said.

Bulgaria has not pushed for Bulgarian language education in Macedonia, while claiming that the Macedonian language in general is a Bulgarian dialect. It hasn’t pushed for the declaration of a national holiday of Bulgarians in Macedonia – although Bulgarian politicians were prominent in the honoring of the anniversary of the 1928 assassination of Serbian occupying officer Velimir Prelic, carried out by a young female activist Mara Buneva in Skopje. Instead, Bulgaria generally considers all Macedonian heroes and events their own and wants them shared side by side.

But Kovatchev’s comments, while meant to be ironic, also show the depth of Bulgarian frustration with the fact that Serbian cultural influence enjoys the level it does in Macedonia, and greatly surpasses the Bulgarian influence. Zaev’s policy of appeasing the neighboring countries who hold veto power in EU and NATO – namely Greece and Bulgaria, and accepting all their demands, has led to hugely unrealistic expectations in Bulgaria as to what he can actually deliver, and whenever the expectations are betrayed, it leads to a new round of accusations that slowly but surely deepen tensions between the two nations.
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Do not threat bugari, if Zaev has opened a culture centre for the srbi in Skoplje then it is only a matter of time before you receive one in Bitolya!
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Dimitrov accused of giving away the term “Macedonian” to Bulgaria and Greece

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During the discussion in the Parliament over the proposed vote of no confidence in Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Dimitrov, Antonio Milososki from VMRO-DPMNE accused Dimitrov of giving away the identity designation “Macedonian” to neighboring countries.

Only in the past ten days we were informed that Macedonia and Bulgaria made progress in the use of terms “in accordance with the laws and the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia”. What does that mean? It means that in the end we will be forced to give up of the term “Macedonian”. Nikola Dimitroev enabled Bulgaria to achieve this, and not only Bulgaria, when he imposed the constitutional amendments in 2019, Milososki said.

Bulgaria wants the Macedonian language to the referred to as “the official language of the Republic of North Macedonia” and is vehemently opposed to having it added as an official language of the European Union when/if Macedonia joins the EU. It also wants to define the Macedonian nation as recently derived from the Bulgarian. The Prespa Treaty gives Macedonia the right to call its language “Macedonian” after defining it as a Slavic language, but Bulgaria is not bound by this treaty. Prepsa, furthermore, declares Macedonian nationality as “Macedonian/citizen of the Republic of North Macedonia”, making it a lengthy citizenship designation rather than a national identifier.

The person who erased the adjective Macedonian from our institutions is Nikola Dimitrov. We can’t use the adjective any more. There is no Macedonian committee, no Macedonian institution, no Macedonian delegation. That is the Trojan gift Dimitorv gave us, Milososki said.

Bulgaria is not satisfied with the extent of implementation of the 2017 Zaev – Borisov treaty, and blocked Macedonia from opening EU accession talks, which prompted the vote of no confidence initiated by VMRO-DPMNE.

Dimitrov insisted that he remains dedicated to the “Macedonian cause” and that his actions helped end the use of the name “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia of FYROM”. “We are no longer Tungusia (derogatory name for a statelet) and have no more disputes and have a recognized position in the northern part of the region of Macedonia”, Dimitrov said. “FYROM” was used by Greek nationalists as a name for Macedonia and sometimes by international institutions or EU member states, but most of the world recognized Macedonia as the Republic of Macedonia. The 2018 Prespa Treaty signed by Dimitrov and Zaev imposed extensive use of the name “Republic of North Macedonia”, erasing the gains Macedonia made over the decades of the name dispute with Greece in exchange for NATO membership and very a dubious EU prospect.

Ana Laskoska from VMRO-DPMNE reminded Dimitrov that he joined Zaev for a airplane selfie in which the top Government members promised that Macedonia was allowed to open EU accession talks. The picture is now frequently used to mock the foreign policy “success” of the Zaev regime, as almost three years later Macedonia remains nationally humiliated and with no EU accession talks.

The promises you accuse us of were promises made by the European Union. I have the March 2020 decision of the European Council which says that it will open accession talks with Macedonia, and does not include additional pre-conditions, Dimitrov said. This decision was overruled in December of 2020, when Bulgaria said that it is going to veto the accession talks.

Regarding the earlier veto put down by France in 2019, Dimitrov insisted that there were no problems with reforms or crime and corruption in Macedonia that would add to the opposition in the EU, but that the veto was driven by French internal politics. Dimitrov named German Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron as politicians who said that this veto was “part of the internal debate in France, over reforms of the European Union”. This veto was lifted after France secured changes to the EU enlargement process, only to be replaced with the Bulgarian veto.
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Polls in Bulgaria show Karakachanov may not enter Parliament

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Polls in Bulgaria show that the nationalist United Patriots coalition led by Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov will be fighting for entry in the next Parliament. Karakacanov is the driving force behind the growing dispute between Macedonia and Bulgaria, which is largely motivated by his need to win over 3 percent of the votes and enter the Parliament. Currently, polls put his coalition at 2.9 percent.

The ruling GERB party led by Boyko Borisov, who has followed Karakacanov in the hard line position toward Macedonia, leads in the polls with 17.3 percent of the votes, followed by the Socialist Party with 15.3 percent.

The two king-maker parties could be the movement led by TV show host Slavi Trifonov and the DPS party which mainly represents the Turkish minority. Two parties built around the recent protest movement against Borisov and the protests against over-construction in the capital Sofia are also likely to win seats in the Parliament, polling between 4 and 5 percent.
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Kaракачанов: Иднината на Македонија е да стане албанска провинција или пак да се приклучи кон Бугарија

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Вицепремиерот и министерот за одбрана на Бугарија Красимир Каракачанов неодамна во едно свое гостување на новинарско прашање одговорил кој е условот Македонија да стане дел од европското семејство.

Имено тој открил дека Македонија би била дел од ЕУ само доколку стане албанска провинција или пак да се приклучи кон Бугарија.

Има иднина, јас сум зборел со повеќе скопски политичари и им кажувам дека имаат две алтернативи, едната е за 20 години да се приклучат кон Албанија и да станат албанска провинција, а другата е европска интеграција нормално во рамките на една бугарска држава, рече тој.
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Kaракачанов: Иднината на Македонија е да стане албанска провинција или пак да се приклучи кон Бугарија

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Вицепремиерот и министерот за одбрана на Бугарија Красимир Каракачанов неодамна во едно свое гостување на новинарско прашање одговорил кој е условот Македонија да стане дел од европското семејство.

Имено тој открил дека Македонија би била дел од ЕУ само доколку стане албанска провинција или пак да се приклучи кон Бугарија.

Има иднина, јас сум зборел со повеќе скопски политичари и им кажувам дека имаат две алтернативи, едната е за 20 години да се приклучат кон Албанија и да станат албанска провинција, а другата е европска интеграција нормално во рамките на една бугарска држава, рече тој.
Fearmongering like that coupled with Bulgarian passports may just see that idea realised
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