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VMRO-DPMNE: SDSM afraid of fair and democratic elections

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The Social Democrats had disrupted Macedonia’s reputation worldwide and in the dispute with Greece. Furthermore, their wrongdoing, corruption, theft and abuse of public funds, incapacity… brought the country back to the criminal transition instead of bring it closer to European standards, the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party said in a press release.

“SDSM is afraid of fair and democratic elections. SDSM is afraid of effective fight against crime and corruption. SDSM is fraid of professional and independent institutions”.

“There must be accountability for the referendum fraud and for all crimes of the SDSM-led government. Macedonia is facing a new political crisis as a result of Zaev’s and SDSM’s incapacity.

Accepting VMRO-DPMNE’s demands is the only way out of crisis,” the opposition party said.

“If SDSM really wants early elections, it is necessary to set up the so-called Przino government, similar to the one formed prior to 2016 elections. There must be responsibility for the crimes committed by the authorities. The second demand is to set up a new SJO (Special Prosecutor’s Office) whose members will be nominated by the opposition. The second demand is formation of inquiry committee with the parliament with a task to address the referendum-related irregularities to ensure that they don’t re-occur in the next elections”.

“The second option is that Zaev and SDSM immediately quit the capitulation deal with Greece and then call early elections,” VMRO-DPNE said in a press release.

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Merkel: Germany to greenlight opening EU entry talks with North Macedonia in September

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German Bundestag will decide in September to approve the launch of EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia in line with EU enlargement-related procedures in Germany, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at today’s meeting in berlin with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Deputy PM for European Affairs Bujar Osmani and Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov.

According to statement released by government press office in Skopje, Chancellor Merkel stressed that North Macedonia has delivered the homework and that Germany hails the progress that has been made thus far.

Prime Minister Zaev said North Macedonia has full confidence in Chancellor Merkel and supports her policy on the EU enlargement process, as well as her policy on the Western Balkans.

Zaev said he is pleased that German Foreign Office has a positive stance in terms of opening the EU entry talks with North Macedonia and that all legislative procedures and democratic processes must be complied with to enable the Bundestag make a positive decision in September.

“There is a strong belief that this year we are starting the EU membership negotiations. This year we will join Serbia and Montenegro en route to Europe,” Zaev is quoted as saying.

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Dutch parliament greenlights opening EU accession talks with North Macedonia

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The Dutch parliament blocked the opening of EU accession negotiations with Albania, but it endorsed the launch of EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia

The EU summit later this month will decide whether to open negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. All decisions concerning the EU accession process are decided at the EU level with unanimity, which means that any member country can block the process. However, opening negotiations with Albania is unlikely after a large majority in the Dutch parliament prohibited such move by the government.

The Dutch parliament passed a motion Wednesday asking the government to block the opening of EU accession negotiations with Albania for 2019.

The motion against Albania’s EU entry bid was submitted by several MPs (Christian Democrats, Liberal-Conservatives, and Christian Union) whose parties are part of the governing coalition in the Netherlands. It got 105 votes in favor out of the 150 MPs of the Dutch Parliament, which is more than a two-third majority.

According to the Dutch government, Albania is not achieving tangible results in the fight against corruption and organized crime. Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said that the European Commission’s recommendation to open accession negotiations with Albania was premature. He added that Albania has not fulfilled the criteria on fight against organized crime and corruption.

The late Wednesday’s vote in the Dutch Parliament confirms the blocking of accession negotiations between EU and Albania. It comes several weeks after the parliament demanded the government to ask the European Commission to suspend the visa-free travel for Albanians in the Schengen area.

A second motion, asking the government to block the opening of EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia for 2019, failed to secure the needed backing. Majority of MPs voted to reject the motion.

The move is seen as a first step towards separating North Macedonia from the Albania-North Macedonia package in the decision-making process within the EU Council, if Netherlands asks the Council to adopt such approach during the June 18 summit in Luxembourg or the next summit in Brussels.

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VMRO-DPMNE: Debt-to-GDP ratio exceeds 50%

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The opposition VMRO-DPMNE party blamed the government of “ruthless borrowings at the expense of the Macedonian citizens”, noting that the national government debt inched up by 8 million euros. The party claims the net public debt in the past two years exceeded 500.000 million euros.

“Where does  the taxpayers’ money go? The government spends the citizens’ tax money ruthlessly. The country has high national debt at 50% of its gross domestic product (GDP). Unfortunately, the citizens have seen no project of the government of SDSM and Zoran Zaev,” the opposition party said in a press release.

The debt-to-GDP ratio is the ratio of a country’s public debt to its gross domestic product (GDP). By comparing what a country owes with what it produces, the debt-to-GDP ratio indicates its ability to pay back its debts.

“Macedonia’s economy is on the brink of collapse. Zarev must immediately take off his pink-colored glasses and face the fact that more than half a million people in Macedonia survive on one bland meal a day, which is quite bellow poverty threshold,” VMRO-DPMNE says.

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