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Hungary rejects extradition of Nikola Gruevski

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A court in Hungary refused to extradite the fugitive former prime minister of Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski.
According to local macedonian news portal a1on, the verdict was read out on Thursday morning in the presence of Nikola Gruevski, former premier of Macedonia.
The hearing was closed to the media, but the decision was publicly announced.
Macedonia had requested its former Prime Minister Gruevski’s extradition from Hungary in late 2018, to face justice in his home country.
Gruevski, who was sentenced to two years in prison over questionable corruption charges, had fled to Hungary and sought political asylum.
The former prime minister left Macedonia on Nov. 11 and arrived in Hungary through Albania, Montenegro and Serbia, with the help of Hungarian diplomatic staff in those countries writes a1on.
Gruevski is a long-standing leader of the conservative party VMRO-DPMNE and has served as a prime minister for nearly 10 years. He was widely accused by western media of authoritarian behavi…

Zaev takes over Ministry of Finance as Prime Minister

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The Prime Minister of Macedonia Zoran Zaev announced the reshuffle of the government including six ministers, the local macedonian media reported on Sunday. 
Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev unveiled the names of the new ministers for agriculture, environment, culture, local self-government and political system and relations between the communities.
These include Trajan Dimkovski (Minister of Agriculture), Naser Nuredini (Minister of Environment), Hysni Ismaili (Minister of Culture), Goran Milevski (local self-government) and Sadula Duraki (political system and relations between the communities.
PM Zaev said he would take over the finance portfolio himself, replacing Dragan Tevdovski for a certain period of time while also serving as prime minister.
The motion will be sent to Parliament today. I believe it will be considered next week by the MPs,” he told reporters at a press conference in Valandovo.
Prime Minister Zaev thanked the outgoing ministers of agriculture, Ljupcho Nik…

Will Macedonia be a strategic investor in bulgarian nuclear project Belene?

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The possibility of assuming the role of strategic investor in the construction of the bulgarian Belene nuclear power plant appears to be in the works in Macedonia, following the invitation of Bulgaria, which was published in the Official Journal of the EU, to attract a strategic investor to this project - greek financed media Nezavisen in Skopje reports (part of Greek IBNA - Independent Balkan News Agency).
According to the information that has been released, it seems that initially interest had been expressed, and that detailed analyses are now under way.
The citizens of Macedonia will be informed on the position which will be adopted and followed by the country, as well as the steps it may undertake, said the head of the Energy Regulatory Authority in Skopje, Marko Bislimovski.
Special analysts in Macedonia and members of the Regulatory Authority of Energy support the proposal and believe that the country should take part in the construction of the bulgarian Belene nuclear power pl…

My father warned against the danger of having a Macedonian minority in Northern Greece - Mitsotakis

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Greek opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that his New Democracy party will work to reduce the damage caused by the Prespa treaty. ND is expected to take over the Greek Government later this year, as polls ahead of the general elections give it a solid lead over the leftist SYRIZA party.
Asked about whether his late father, former Greek Prime Minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis, who was toppled after he was seen as too lenient on the “Macedonian issue”, would have signed the Prespa treaty, he answered “no”. The reason why the treaty is bad for Greece, Mitsotakis, says, is that it could pave the way for greater minority rights for the Macedonians living in Greece, who have faced nearly a century of expulsions and forced assimilation.
I have read my father’s speeches on the issue and I present his words. He said that our country already has a religious minority in Thrace (Turks) and should not, under any circumstances, allow the creation of another, national minority, a Macedonian m…

Vardar Skopje beats Barcelona for Handball Champions League final

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Macedonian handball champion Vardar again qualified for Champions League final after knocking out Spain’s Barcelona 29-27 in Kologne on Thursday evening. In Sunday’s final, the “red and black” team will play against Hungarian Veszprém.
Vardar made an incredible turn in the match against Barcelona and scored a victory over the favorite Spanish champion (29:27) in the second semifinal of the Final Four tournament of the handball Champions League. Although the Macedonian champion was trailing by 7 in the second half, Roberto García Parrondo’s team performed miracles.
Although Barcelona had the lead up to the 40th minute of the match, Vardar stepped up their game and began to melt the negative to reach the result 26-26 in the 57th minute and make a full comeback.
With Karacic’s goal, only 100 seconds left to the end, it was Vardar’s first lead with 27-26, and after the mistake of the opponent, Kristopans scored again, bringing a two-goal lead for the Macedonian champion. Stoilov put the …

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