NEWS OF THE DAY: Dacian Chiolosh: With a dirty election campaign, both the citizens and the state will be losers
“Regardless of the election results, North Macedonia will need a strong majority in Parliament, in order to implement the reforms that are necessary both for the people and in order to succeed in joining the European Union”, stated today the leader of the Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament, Dacian Ciolosh at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski.
“If the rhetoric goes in a dirty direction, the citizens of North Macedonia, but also the country, will be losers. That is why we consider that it is important also for the media to create an atmosphere and framework for a debate on what politicians and political parties want for North Macedonia in the future”, said Ciolosh responding to a journalist question about the course of the election campaign.
He emphasized that North Macedonia needs reforms and that if some political entities are using the campaign just to attack without offering specific solutions, then everyone will be losers, including the EU. Ciolosh said that all political parties need to rise to the level of their own responsibility in the election process and show a new way of leading the election campaign, with values acceptable to the citizens.
FLASH: No one is prettier if one tells another they are ugly!
Dehran Muratov: The first thing that came to my mind was how many mothers (parents) in our country watch their children cry every day, locking themselves in their rooms or withdrawing and not communicating with anyone.
STATEMENT OF THE DAY: Pirovska: These elections we will face numerous black campaigns and hate speech
“I believe that, unfortunately, in this pre-election and election process we will face many black campaigns, we will face a large number of cases of hate speech. I hope that the judicial bodies will show greater agility in the process, because hate speech really can lead to serious crimes further on”, outlined Uranija Pirovska, Executive Director of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights.
POLITICALLY OK CORALL: Who, how and why should they be deciding on paid political advertising
Something is not making sense in the entire organization and manner in which the changes have been made for paid political advertising. The first to react where the television stations. According to them, the price should not be limited. According to the civil sector, regardless of the manner in which the prices for paid political advertising are set, the money must not be allocated from the budget of the citizens.
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Zaev: For the first time I am expecting a pre-election coalition with parties of the Albanian bloc
“With DUI we have solved the bigger issues in the Government, and we are the only party that has a range of choices to cooperate with the Albanian parties, therefore I expect that we will find the strength to make a pre-election campaign with parties of the Albanian bloc for the first time. The coalitions will be maintained and a bit expanded, and this will not be later than March 9, when SDSM’s congress has been scheduled. This gives us the right to be favourites at these elections. We have finished talks with our recent coalition partners, and we are already talking with new ones. We will continue until the end of next week, when we will announce the completion of the process of coalition negotiating, and we have about 27 political entities. I personally am satisfied with the negotiations, as we are talking about values, programs, about giving our word, something that has to connect us, as well as about taking responsibility both in the parliamentary and executive government”, stated Zoran Zaev, who today paid a visit to Vinica.
Serious suspicions that VMRO-DPMNE is financing media to spread a campaign against the EU and NATO with black money
At today’s press conference, SDSM spokesperson Bogdanka Kuzeska once again expressed suspicions that VMRO-DPMNE is financing with black money party megaphones with the purpose of spreading an anti-state media campaign – a campaign against the membership of North Macedonia to NATO.
“It is a fact that there is an investigation, according to which an amount of two and a half million euros has ended up with TV Alfa and with three internet portals Kurir, Lider and Netpress, all known for spreading fake news and manipulation. It is a fact that these are the same media that Gruevski’s regime financed for years to keep him in power”, said Kuzeska.
Sela and Gashi formalize coalition under the slogan “One state for all”
Political leaders of the Alliance of Albanians and the Alternative party, Zijadin Sela and Afrim Gashi, today officially signed an agreement for a coalition for the early parliamentary elections scheduled for April 12. The leaders of the two parties said that the slogan of their coalition will be “One state for all”. The leader of the Alliance of Albanians, in his speech pointed out that this is a moment of emotions, because there are constantly “forces working against their coalition”.
The Spanish Congress will vote for North Macedonia’s NATO membership on February 27
According to the agenda published on the official website, MPs of the Spanish Parliament will be deciding on the ratification of North Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol next Thursday, February 27. The Foreign Affairs Committee gave a positive opinion, after which the President of the Congress put this item on the next session of the Lower Chamber. With the act of voting in Congress, the first phase of the procedure foreseen in their legislation ends. The same procedure follows in the Upper House, the Senate. The Protocol will be considered by senators who are members of the Foreign Affairs Committee, after which it will be voted on in a plenary session. The entire procedure is expected to officially end in March, with which North Macedonia will become a full member of NATO.
Spasovski: Validity of passports is determined by law, the Government cannot change a legal text
“The Law on travel documents determines the length of the validity of each travel document and change cannot be made to a legal text with a Government decision”, pointed out today Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski, who said that it is no problem at all for him to convene a government session for the passports and that solutions are being sought, but repeated that management is most important in the entire situation.
“There are two possible solutions to the problem of the lack of passport templates – one is to talk with the company that is the supplier, for it to do this as soon as possible and in a way that will contribute for this entire matter to be overcome in the entire process, and this must go hand in hand with managing the situation inside. For the second solution, and here it is not at all a problem to convene a government session, the problem is that the law on travel documents determines the length of the validity of each travel document, and the legal text cannot be changed with a government decision. Here, the analysis that the Government is performing is key, and with Fronteks we expect to find a solution that will help, but management is number one”, emphasized Spasovski.
They will tear him apart from reactions. The counters closed, no templates, no passports. He is struggling in explaining, stuttering something like until March, until April, something like his predecessor is to be blamed, like the German firm had screwed up, so the commission would be deciding, so they hired a doctor – from a corner by Zoran Ivanov with Show-off beating for technical minister of foreign affairs Nakje Chulev.
What happened with the architectural archi-brigades who were even beaten in opposing Gruevski’s urban madness? Where are the younger professors, Grcev’s colleagues, the assistants, students of the several civil and architectural faculties, NGOs, to raise their voice? What happened with the hundreds of people with whom we “hugged” GTC? With the thousands who, in a very evil time, with great personal risk, but also with an optimistic smile on their faces, would oppose, in rain and cold, and in front of police cordons, the social engineering with which Gruevski wanted to “castrate” life in all spheres of their sick project?, asks Saso Ordanoski in today’s column “Who knows if even Mother Teresa could help us?”
In cooperation with Dehran Muratov and Diana Tahiri
Translation: N. Cvetkovska