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26 STATEMENTS

Extending the winter break. So children would stay home and study online. The same day when Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski participated in a session on the transformation of...

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TWO KILOMETRES

Oh, love gone sour. How passionate it was when one year ago VMRO-DPMNE supported “the best manager” in becoming “the mother of the capital” in the local elections. It’s easy to...

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TWO SEPARATE GIGS

Another holiday passed, and the typical Macedonian used yet another chance to complain about their difficult fate. Isn’t the very fact that we have our own country reason enough...

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POETRY AND PROSE

It’s a pity Americans give us so much money to fight corruption in Macedonia. In the series of grants, of the latest 10.3 million dollars that USAID gives for the development of...

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ELECTRICITY FOR EVERYONE

The government went to Arachinovo to negotiate with the residents and the mayor and they agreed to allow teams from EVN to enter and disconnect all those who have an illegal...

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VILMA AND ANGELA

 Waiting for the new US Ambassador Angela Price Aggeler, who has vouched to  Washington senators that fighting the corruption in Macedonia would be her main task, we're certainly...

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CASH FOR THE WOLF

 You create an army of 200,000 workers in the public administration, you run out of money and can’t pay them, the loan agreement with the IMF is late and – you come up with a...

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JUST FOR LAUGHS AND FOR FUN

When the second Protocol for the fulfilment of the Treaty on Good Neighbourly Relations between Macedonia and Bulgaria was signed, which was a condition for Sofia to lift the...

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AN ILINDEN TO REJOICE IN

Dear friends, Let’s have a break. Let us rejoice in the great national holiday 2 August, let us commemorate the great religious holiday St.Elijah and let us enjoy the long summer weekend. Ever since...

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A capital M

We, “the anti-Europeans”, “the hysterical” and “the self-proclaimed experts”, whom they consider stupid and unable to understand the historical dimension of the protocol we’ve...

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A BULGARIAN EU

 So what now? Should we be happy that the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen uttered the words Macedonians and Macedonian language several times in her...

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SKENDERBEG IN LINE WITH PROTOCOLS

 No other country has ever faced instability caused by EU accession talks. Our obsession with the EU, for thirty years already, has been grounded on our belief that becoming a...

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A UTILITY POLE IN KYUSTENDIL

 Unlike all the previous “historic opportunities” that made me feel euphoric, I receive the latest “historic opportunity” given to us by the European Union with the “French...

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NO NEED FOR HYSTERIA

The Bulgarian veto is no longer a problem. What’s disappointing is that the conditions set by Bulgaria for lifting the veto were accepted by the other 26 EU member states as a...

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Europeanisation through Bulgarisation

How was the Macedonian government planning to hide the proposal of the French presidency to convene the first intergovernmental conference with the EU? Especially, how could it...

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LAND MINE

 Bulgarians are on a roll, they might hold early elections for the third time in just one year because they have a problem with us existing. The Bulgarian government coalition...

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WISH LIST

Some companies have been acting immorally, unethically and inappropriately and have manipulated price increases after the anti-crisis measures ceased on 31 May and the 5% tax on...

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AN EMPTY POT

We’ve all known the story of Nasreddin Hodja ever since we were little. The one where people would line up in front of him and ask him for money. And he’d say to them: Of...

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EMILIJA AND MARTA

The complete deadlock over the EU enlargement caused by the Bulgarian veto on Macedonia was best explained in just a single sentence by the Bulgarian Vice President Iliana...

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GO AWAY!

 It doesn’t feel nice to listen to the recording in which Speaker Talat Xhaferi adresses some parliamentary clerks in an arrogant and vulgar manner. The command “go, go away!”...

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BLOCKED MINDS

How is it going? Just fine, it’s May already, spring isn’t in its full bloom yet, and we’re crossing out the days until the expiration of the ultimatum Mickoski gave to...

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FAULTY MARRIAGES

You can’t blame people for asking more money from the state. You can’t blame them for blaming the state for everything they don’t like. That’s because for thirty years all the...

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PLEASE DON’T, BROTHER

What progress has been made by the working groups of Dimitar Kovachevski and Kiril Petkov focused on turning Macedonia and Bulgaria to the future? How much humiliation from the...

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PUT THE OIL BACK

 Does anyone really believe that the cause of the fire in the area of the former furniture factory “Treska” in the Skopje Municipality of Centar will be revealed? Does anyone...

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NEE-NAW

Kiril Bozhinovski, Dragi Rashkovski, Muhamed Zekiri… Continue the sequence. It turns out that the post of Secretary General of the Government is a profitable business. With all...

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OPEN YOUR DOOR

Macedonia’s European future, as well as Albania’s, is blocked because of 3,504 people. That’s how many Macedonian citizens declared themselves Bulgarian on the census. 1,519...

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A COMPLEX DIAGNOSIS

I was really happy that the Macedonian national football team beat Italy. I’m still in a good mood. When I saw the photo of the spectators stands and noticed the Minister of...

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WE’RE ALL JUST ONLOOKERS

Gjorgje, come back. We’re all just onlookers. That’s the message of the Court of Appeals after they gave Zdravko Saveski and Vladimir Kunoski a suspended sentence of six months...

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JOVANO, JOVANKE

I don’t understand the need to take sides between Russia and America over the war in Ukraine. The need to gloat at Americans over Russians killing Ukrainians. A sovereign state...

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A NUCLEAR WINTER

All right, is there anyone in the country who’ll punish the war profiteering that’s done with food and fuel? I don’t expect the Government to just condemn the act of...

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RUSSIAN BOOT

 As we wait for the working groups of Kiril Petov and Dimitar Kovachevski to agree whether the fundamental civil value upon which the EU rests shall apply for Macedonians, Europe...

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RADICAL MANAGEMENT

The mayor of Skopje, Danela Arsovska, speaking from the position of president of the Association of Local Self-Government Units (ZELS) threatened the Government that mayors will...

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A LITTLE WINDOWPANE IN BITOLA

The government has increased the workers’ salaries. Well, now they should increase the salaries of work-dodgers. UPOZ, the Trade Union of Civil and Public Servants in the...

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GOCE’S EU

We celebrated the 150 years jubilee of Goce Delchev’s birth. He’s a historical figure born in the 19th century, who became an obstacle to Macedonia’s progress towards the EU...

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AN OLD HOPE

To many happy returns of Goce Delchev’s birthday, which we’ll celebrate together with the Bulgarians on 4 February. We had an optimistic start in our second year trying to...

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A ROMANTIC LEVEL

The relations with Bulgaria are entering a new phase – a poetically romantic one. The visit of the new Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov began with the statement by the new...

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BREAD AND COIN

When, as a country, you allow the heat distribution in the capital to depend on a company whose owners no one knows, it’s no wonder that they’re laughing in the Government’s...

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TWO DAYS OF PEACE AND QUIET

Oh, if only every day were Christmas Eve or Christmas. And if only Omicron didn’t exist, so we’d enjoy the boredom. Plus, it feels so wonderful to read politicians' greetings. They’re brimming with...

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PANDEV AND ELMAS

I really want 2022 not to be a historic year for Macedonia. This column is turning 31 in a month, and I’m sick and tired of writing about historic events, historic dates, historic elections,...

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FREEDOM WITHOUT JUSTICE

Whatever you write about Zoran Zaev in the week when he resigned as Prime Minister, you risk being accused of either defending him or attacking him. There is no third option....

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EU WITHOUT YOU

How about that, yet again we have no date for starting the EU accession talks. How nice. Ha, ha, ha… The EU folks have lied to Zaev once again. Ha, ha, ha… Surely if we were the...

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BULGARIAN OFFENSIVE

Let’s stop fooling ourselves. It’s not about Tsar Samuil, nor is it about Goce Delchev. And it’s even less about the Bulgarians not having rights in Macedonia. Unlike the...

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THE EXCITEMENT GROWS

Alternativa is close to making a decision about joining the Government. The excitement grows. Zoran Zaev and Afrim Gashi have been meeting every day and after each meeting they...

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SLEEP ON IT AND FORGET IT

The director of the State Transport Inspectorate, Rufi Huseini, first complained that he didn’t have enough inspectors to inspect all the transport companies that have buses....

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WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER

We have a double drama. The announcements of a new parliamentary majority resemble the date for the start of the EU accession talks and Bulgaria’s veto. It will happen today, it...

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POKING FUN

Just poke fun at them and pretend you don’t live here. Poking fun is a great thing. But it stops being funny when it occurs to you that you too are part of all that fun. For...

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PEOPLE – CHECK

NATO – check. Census – check. Congratulations, people! A billboard with this text stood right across the Government as part of SDSM’s local elections campaign, which went so...

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A SPARE MOTHERLAND

Just as the elected officials declare at the Anti-Corruption Commission how much money and property they have when they enter politics, they should also declare at the State...

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SAY THANK YOU

Woah, the evil will happen again!? Well, has it just occurred to you? The citizens who brought you to power have been working you for four years: Be careful, the evil will...

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ALL PISS AND WIND

It’s been raining for days, just before the municipal elections. You go out of the house with fresh impressions of the arguments and counter-arguments provided by the mayoral...

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