Bulgaria: Nationalist parties march in Sofia to mark independence.
Ruptly TV Mar 3, 2017
Ataka party members paraded through the Bulgarian capital Sofia on Friday, to celebrate a national holiday and anniversary of Bulgaria's liberation from Ottoman rule.
SOT, Volen Siderov, leader of Ataka political party (Bulgarian): "Will Bulgaria develop economically or will it be a country in the second-third category? Will Bulgaria develop its own nuclear energy? Will it be disturbed while trying to create its own projects? Will foreign powers shake their finger saying that we must stop this project and develop the other one? Or they will respect our sovereignty."
SOT, Krasimir Karakachanov, leader of Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation (Bulgarian): "You will hear some saying that there were soldiers from Russia, Finland, Romania, Ukraine, Belarus, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The truth is clear! This (1877-1878) wasn't lead by some kind of coalition, the Russian empire led the Bulgaria liberation war. … And all these people were their citizens. Of course, we thank them all. All the citizens of the Russian empire that poured their blood for the liberty of Bulgaria. And we always will be grateful for that."
Last Edit: Mar 3, 2017 15:01:55 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Turkey's Labour Minister Calls on Bulgarian Turk Expats to Vote DOST.
Novinite.com World » SOUTHEAST EUROPE | March 6, 2017, Monday // 11:44
Turkish Labour and Social Policy Minister Mehmet Müezzinoglu has called on Turkey-based expatriates from Bulgaria to vote for DOST, the party of ex-DPS leader Lyutvi Mestan, Bulgarian and Turkish media report.
Bulgaria will hold an early election on March 26. For the first time, the ethnic Turk-dominated Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), purporting to cater to Bulgarian Turks' interests, is facing a strong challenge in the same niche by its former chairman Lyutvi Mestan's DOST party.
"As the Turkish Republic, which wants its Turkish people in Bulgaria to become more powerful, we must support the DOST party, in order to put them into the background," Turkish daily Milliyet quotes Müezzinoglu as saying.
According to the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) and Mediapool.bg, the minister says the aim of helping the DOST coalition is to ensure "a better future for our [Turks'] compatriots in Bulgaria."
Müezzinoglu is said to have made the comments at a meeting with members of Bulgarian expatriates' organizations in Istanbul.
Reportedly, he has promised Turkey-based expats that the government in Ankara will facilitate their stay in the country.
Expat organizations say thousands of people who have arrived in Turkey since the so-called Revival Process began back in the 1980s currently have no valid passports and cannot receive Turkish documents.
One of the organizations' chairman is quoted as saying the Turkish government has now decided to allow those whose identity documents have expired to return to Bulgaria without paying fines at the border and return to take part in the election.
Müezzinoglu in turn has said authorities will allow ethnic Turks who arrived from Bulgaria and other Balkan nations to stay for a period of five years, the time required if one seeks to become a Turkish citizen.
Hundreds of thousands of Bulgarian Turks live in the Bulgaria, most in its south and south-east but many also in the north-east. Hundreds of thousands of others were forced to leave in the 1980s as part of the so-called "Revival process", under Communist rule. Many more have left since the democratic changes began in the 1990s.
Under Communist rule, Bulgarian authorities decided to change names of ethnic Bulgarian Muslims and Bulgarian Turks during the Revival Process to speed up their assimilation. The measure was only revoked at the end of 1989.
For twenty-seven years, the DPS party has portrayed itself as the guarantor of stability and good bonds between ethnic Bulgarians and Bulgarian Turks in the country and has virtually held a monopoly on their vote.
But since DOST emerged, the DPS has been portraying the new party and its leader (who has met Turkey's president more than once over the last few years) as a fifth column of Ankara and an organization close to the ruling party.
DOST for its part is highly critical of the DPS which it portrays as a tool of the oligarchy, a symbol of the status quo and a force seeking to push Bulgaria away from its Euro-Atlanticist path.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 16, 2017 14:40:38 GMT -5
Turkey Urges Bulgaria Not to Restrict Political Rights of Minorities.
Novinite.com World » SOUTHEAST EUROPE | March 9, 2017, Thursday // 11:34
Turkey urged Bulgaria on March 09, not to restrict political rights of minorities and to comply with the “rule-based” European system, in reference to a recent law legislated by the Bulgarian parliament that restricts the number of ballot boxes to be established in Turkey to 35, according to Hürriyet Daily News.
“We call upon the Republic of Bulgaria to abandon such practices which are intended to restrict the political rights of minorities in the country and are fundamentally contrary to the European rule-based system,” announced the Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hüseyin Müftüoğlu.
Moreover, he added that the Republic of Turkey will continue to provide the most ideal conditions for all Bulgarian citizens in its territory to vote in the upcoming elections in Bulgaria and their country does not interfere in the internal affairs of any state.
Bulgaria adopted a new Electoral Code last year restricting the number of polling stations outside the EU to thirty-five.
Comments from Turkey's Foreign Ministry come days after a Turkish official campaigned in favour of a certain Bulgarian party as Bulgaria is due to hold an election on March 26.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 17, 2017 16:12:20 GMT -5
Senators ask Tillerson to probe US 'fomenting unrest' in other countries.
RT.com 15 Mar, 2017 19:35
Six Republican senators are demanding a State Department review of US taxpayer money being spent on meddling in foreign countries’ politics via NGOs run by billionaire George Soros, citing Macedonia and Albania as the most recent examples.
In a letter sent to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday, the lawmakers express concern over reports that US foreign aid has been channeled to support “left-leaning parties” and the “progressive agenda” in places like Albania and Macedonia. The two Balkans countries are just “timely examples,” with reports of similar US meddling coming from Africa and Latin America as well, the senators wrote.
The letter was signed by Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah), James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), David Perdue (R-Georgia) and Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana).
"This includes reports of diplomats playing political favorites, USAID funds supporting extreme and sometimes violent political activists, and the US government working to marginalize the moderates and conservatives in leadership roles,” said Lee, adding that “this behavior is unacceptable and must be halted immediately.”
As examples of US interference, the senators cite the situation in Macedonia, a landlocked Balkans country once a part of Yugoslavia and currently in the throes of a political crisis featuring a restless ethnic Albanian minority.
“We have received credible reports that, over the past few years, the US Mission there has actively intervened in the party politics of Macedonia, as well as in the shaping of its media environment and civil society, often favoring left-leaning political groups over others,” the letter says. “We find these reports discouraging and, if true, highly problematic.”
Macedonia currently has a caretaker government, as no party has being able to form a majority coalition following the December 2016 election. Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski (VMRO-DPMNE) is accusing the US of pushing an alliance between Zoran Zaev’s Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) and the ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration (BDI).
Earlier this month, President Gjorge Ivanov vetoed the proposed coalition between Zaev and ethnic Albanian parties, on grounds that it could potentially “destroy” the country. As a condition of their participation in the government, Albanians are insisting on a seven-point platform – co-written by governments in Albania and Kosovo – that includes a demand to make Albanian an official language in Macedonia.
US meddling in Albania “appears to follow a pattern of alarming activity in this volatile region,” the senators wrote, pointing to Soros organizations in that country promoting specific reforms ahead of the June 18 general election, which the opposition is threatening to boycott as unfair. Such activity is even more concerning “in light of international reports of increasing government corruption in Albania and the renewed power of drug trafficking and organized criminal groups in the country,” the letter said.
Back in 2011, Soros himself wrote about unrest in Albania to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying, “My foundation in Tirana is monitoring the situation closely and can provide independent analysis of the crisis.”
The new Trump administration should seize the moment “to review how our tax dollars are being utilized in order to halt activities that are fomenting political unrest, disrespecting national sovereignty and civil society, and ultimately undermining our attempts to build beneficial international relationships,” says the letter.
The six senators are asking for an investigation that would review “all funds associated with promoting democracy and governance and review the programs, accounts, and multiplicity of US entities involved in such activities.”
Soros’s Open Society Foundation, along with USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy, have been accused of fomenting “color revolutions” from Serbia in 2000 to Ukraine in 2014, in order to install in power governments friendly to Washington.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 21, 2017 15:34:48 GMT -5
Bulgarian President Says Turkish Meddling in Parliament Elections 'Unacceptable'
EUROPE 01:58 18.03.2017
Bulgarian President Rumen Radev has said that Turkish meddling in parliament elections is a confirmed fact and is "unacceptable," adding that Sophia aims to maintain friendly relations with Ankara.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Radev confirmed on Friday that Turkey was trying to meddle in the upcoming parliament elections.
"Turkish interference in our elections is a fact and this meddling is absolutely unacceptable," Radev told the BTV broadcaster.
He pointed out that Bulgaria is a sovereign state and no country has a right to violate international law and EU rules.
"I want to call for calm, restrain emotions over this situation. The Bulgarian institutions and responsible services are actively working to prevent all the attempts to meddle in the election process in our country as well as in our internal affairs," Radev said.
He added that Bulgaria was going to maintain friendly relations with Turkey.
According to Bulgaria’s acting Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov, the Democrats of Responsibility, Freedom and Tolerance (DOST), a Bulgarian party promoting Turkish minority rights, received support from Ankara. Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Bulgaria would maintain a constructive dialogue with neighboring Turkey but considered attempts to influence result of the elections as unacceptable.
Bulgaria also recalled its ambassador, Nadezhda Neynsky, from Turkey for consultations on Thursday to discuss allegations of meddling in the snap parliamentary voting, scheduled for March 26.
President Rumen Radev: The EU Must Have a Clear Position on Turkey's Intervention in Bulgaria.
''Bulgaria wants to develop strong neighborly relations with Turkey, but its interference in our elections is a fact and it is absolutely unacceptable'', said President Rumen Radev, according to BNT.
''I want to call for more peace. Do not allow emotions to escalate along this intervention. Bulgarian institutions and relevant departments are actively working to suppress any attempt to interfere in our electoral process and in our internal affairs'' noted Radev.
''It is important, also, how do we put this issue within the EU. On March, 09 during the Council I’ve shared and raised the issue of the situation in Bulgaria in relation to that intervention and our actions. Yesterday I had a meeting with the ambassadors of Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and France, which analyzed the situation. I explained very clearly that the escalation of tension in EU-Turkey axis is reflected most strongly in Bulgaria, because the risk is strongest for our country. European Union must have a clear, unified position and we expect a really quick decision by the them'', added the President of Bulgaria.
Border Checkpoints With Turkey Blocked By Protests Against "Voting Tourism"
Slightly after 10:00 hrs, traffic at border cross checkpoint Kapitan Andreevo was blocked by protests held by patriots against the so-called “voting tourism” from Turkey.
Initially, the protest was announced as peaceful but, later on, people decided to block the lane from Turkey to Bulgaria and put tyres and chains along it.
The protesters stated that they are against “voting tourism” and have information that 1,000 buses with Bulgarian citizens who have the right to vote in Bulgaria will arrive from Turkey. The protesters announced that they are ready to remain at the border cross checkpoint until election day.
Police presence at Kapitan Andreevo has been increased. There have been no clashes so far and traffic from Bulgaria to Turkey is unhindered. Trucks which formed a 15-km queue over the last few days are passing through freely as well.
Bus traffic from Turkey to Bulgaria at Kapitan Andreevo is normal. There has not been an extraordinary number of busses passing through the border over the last 24 hours.
Protesters blocked the road from Turkey at border cross checkpoint Malko Tarnovo at 10:50 hrs.
There are about 80 protesters at border cross checkpoint Lesovo as well.
Bulgaria: Nationalists block checkpoint to prevent pro-Turkish voters from entering country.
Ruptly TV Mar 21, 2017
Nationalists attempted to block the Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint in the Haskovo Province on Tuesday. The Nationalists of United Patriots coalition led the demonstration which lay near the Bulgarian-Turkish border, as part of the call to stop "Electoral tourism".
Angel Djambazki, Vice President of VMRO (Bulgarian): "Because none of us want Erdogan to define the way we are living, because you saw in the last days the arrogant interference in our interior political life."
Mario Gospodinov, Protester (Bulgarian): "It's unacceptable for people who have no empathy with our lives to define our destiny. We have waited enough and I believe at these elections we will see the beginning of the end."
Asen Kirov, Protester (Bulgarian): "At the time Bulgarians were wearing this costume we were under Turkish slavery, and we do not want ethnic Turkish political parties to rule in Bulgaria."
Ankara Gives 11 Days Leave to Outmigrants for Bulgaria's Elections.
Novinite.com World » SOUTHEAST EUROPE | March 23, 2017, Thursday // 16:40
Turkey’s government has issued an order stating people with dual citizenship may use 11 days of administrative leave in order to take part in the campaign for the parliamentary vote in Bulgaria and vote at their birthplaces.
The order is secret and has been circulated to all state institutions. The length of leave is from March 20 to March 31.
The cabinet in Ankara has issued similar orders during previous elections in Bulgaria in order to facilitate outmigrants and their absence from work, but this is the first time that it is actively taking place in agitation. The fact that Bulgarians are protesting at the border against “voting buses and organised tourist trips” is being stressed. Due to the interference of Turkey in Bulgaria’s internal affairs, the two countries are in a period of crisis.
Over the last few years, people with dual citizenship of Bulgarian origin had the opportunity to vote in 136 voting sections in Turkey but, two years ago, their number was reduced to 35.
The cabinet in Ankara committed itself officially to transporting Bulgarian outmigrants across the border and underlined that the reason for this is the insufficient number of voting sections on Turkish territory.
This happened after a written statement was submitted by the associations of outmigrants to the cabinet on February 22, 2017 which points out the problem with the small number of voting sections in regions with compact populations of people with dual citizenship.
Outmigrant organisations are financed by the Turkish state. Turkey has also ordered immediate actions in order to secure access to the elections of these voters.
Erdogan Accuses Bulgaria of Unacceptable Pressure on Turks Before Elections.
Novinite.com World » SOUTHEAST EUROPE | March 23, 2017, Thursday // 17:07
Turkish President Recep Erdogan has criticised Bulgaria sharply for pressuring Turkish people in the country before the parliamentary elections and this is “unacceptable” to Ankara. The tension between the two countries is escalating on the eve of the vote, reported Reuters.
“I call on Bulgaria. I call on our relatives and brothers there. We are seriously worried to see and hear that pressure is being exercised there,” said Erdogan at a press conference in the Turkish capital.
“On the one hand, you say you have a democracy but, on the other hand, you exercise pressure on the Turks. This is unacceptable. On the one hand, you talk about the legal framework of the EU but, on the other hand, you do exactly the opposite. This must not happen.”
Bulgarian activists erect border fence to deter Turkish ‘election provocations’
RT.com 24 Mar, 2017 18:55
Bulgarian volunteers have begun erecting a fence on the country’s border with Turkey without authorization from the government to “prevent Turkish provocations" during elections, RIA Novosti reports.
“The situation on the border is difficult and to prevent provocations from Turkey, our volunteers began erecting a four-meter fence. We have set up around 11 km from the town of Malko Tarnovo, construction is in progress,” Nikolay Ivanov, leader of the self-described activist group, told the news agency.
The activists say Turkey may attempt to bring ethnic Turks holding Bulgarian passports into the country on buses to vote in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, influencing the political landscape in the country, giving an advantage to pro-Turkey parties.
Some 400 people were said to take have part in the work. While officials have not approved the building of the fence, they did not block the initiative, RIA reports. The fence, made of metal bars and razor wire, is fully funded by the volunteers, Ivanov said.
Turks are the largest ethnic minority living in Bulgaria with the DOST party representing their interests. Current polls suggest that the party won’t reach the 4 percent threshold needed to enter parliament, however.
Meanwhile, some 100 followers of the Bulgarian nationalist coalition United Patriots (UP) blocked the checkpoint at the Kapitan Andreevo-Kapikule border crossing, carrying slogans that said: “Hands off Bulgaria” and “No to electoral tourism,” Reuters reported.
The UP says that more than 1,000 buses may attempt to take voters from Turkey to Bulgaria.
“It is not normal for a foreign country to interfere in the election of another sovereign state,” Krasimir Karakachanov, co-leader of the United Patriots, said, according to the news agency. “Turkey is now trying to provide voters for DOST, a pro-Turkish party, because it knows that the support for this party in Bulgaria is very low.”
Over 700,000 Muslims are currently based in Bulgaria, while at least 200,000 ethnic Turks living in Turkey are holders of Bulgarian passports, according to AFP.
On Friday, the DOST party released a statement to the international media, “sounding the alarm against the danger of the elections being compromised.” According to a report on Bulgaria’s BNR public radio, Turks willing to cast a vote in Sunday’s elections were promised free transport by Ankara.
On Thursday, Turkish President Erdogan blamed Bulgaria for clamping down on ethnic Turks living there and violating democratic principles.
In response, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said that “Bulgaria neither gives nor accepts lessons in democracy, especially from countries that do not respect the rule of law.”
The row is escalating while the relations between Turkey and a number of European countries have suffered a setback. Recently, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands banned Turkish officials from holding rallies in their cities ahead of the April constitutional referendum in Turkey.
Should Erdogan receive the required majority, the changes would significantly increase the powers of the Turkish president, with the leader significantly relying on expatriate voters.
Apart from that, Bulgarian security forces have recently deported two Turkish nationals and banned a third one from entering the country, saying they posed a threat to national security.
The UP is likely to come third in Sunday elections, with significantly increased support triggered by the inflow of Muslim migrants. The party is expected to play a major role in forming a new government.
Last Edit: Jul 3, 2017 12:08:08 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
At nearly 100% of processed protocols from voting sections, five political parties will enter the 44th Parliament, while GEB is again the leading political force.
After the Central Election Commission (CEC) announces the official results of the snap elections for parliamentary deputies, the deadline for which is March 30, it is President Rumen Radev’s move.
Before he hands the first exploratory mandate for the forming of a government, a new Parliament must be constituted and there must be consultations at the Presidency with the formations represented in Parliament.
For now, it is expected that GERB will hold talks with other parties on the governing coalition. During the election campaign, BSP and DPS were described as impossible partners.
After the end of the elections, BSP announced that they will not participate in a government of Boyko Borisov, but they will try to form their own cabinet if GERB does not succeed. On Monday, Volya’s leader Veselin Mareshki demanded ministerial posts.
President Radev can wait for GERB’s consultations or he can invite formations represented in Parliament to a meeting at the Presidency in order to agree on a date for the constituting of a new Parliament.
Also, after CEC announces the official results, the head of state can sign a decree on the first meeting of the 44th Parliament and, only after that, start consultations with parties on the handing of exploratory mandates for the forming of a government.
The Constitution does not set a deadline for Rumen Radev to hand the first mandate to GERB. The candidate for PM nominated by the parliamentary group of Borisov’s party, however, must return the mandate either fulfilled or unfulfilled within seven days after receiving it.
Should the exploratory mandate be returned unfulfilled, the candidate for PM of BSP will receive the second mandate. The deadline for executing it or returning it is seven days as well.
If the second mandate is also unsuccessful, the president may hand a third one to a political force of his choice.
Russia's FM: After Bulgaria's Elections, No One Is Talking About Russian Interference.
Novinite.com World » RUSSIA | March 28, 2017, Tuesday // 17:32
The topic of Russia’s interference in the elections of European countries is absurd, stated to TASS the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Alexey Meshkov.
Meshkov commented on the presumed participation of Moscow in the election process of several EU member-states as follows:
“The topic of Russian interference in elections in European countries is constantly present and it is becoming tiresome. If our colleagues think that Russia has interfered and has achieved concrete results, then we can state that all elections, regardless of how they end in any European country, are a result of Russian interference,” said Meshkov.
But in case of the defeat of the party which is for cooperation with Russia, no one is talking of Russian interference.
“The situation after the elections in Holland and Bulgaria is blatantly obvious. Nobody is talking of Russian interference,” stressed Meshkov.
Last Edit: Mar 29, 2017 11:23:29 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
The negotiating process on drafting a joint strategic programme of the future coalition government has been completed, United Patriots co-leader Valeri Simeonov told a joint news briefing in Parliament with GERB leader Boyko Borisov on Thursday.
The governance programme of GERB and the United Patriots covers the period until 2021, Simeonov said.
Borisov thanked his colleagues for the concessions and the efforts made.
After GERB and the United Patriots has signed the coalitional agreement and President Radev had handed over to future PM Boyko Borisov the mandate for the constituting of the new government, the latter commented that the agreement guaranteed stable rule, BNR reported.
The document envisages a cabinet of one pm, four vice premiers and 17 ministers with decisions made with consensus.
There will also be a coalitional council of 6 United Patriots representatives and 3 GERB ones.
Borisov assured that the vice premiers, ministers and deputy ministers would be appointed over the next days.
Last Edit: Apr 27, 2017 10:16:29 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 28, 2017 14:05:12 GMT -5
VERY GOOD! BEAT THEM BLOODY!!!!! THAT'S WHAT THEY GET FOR SUCKING SOROS DICK N TRYING TO MAKE A COUP TO UNDERMINE THE COUNTRY!
DEATH TO JANISSARIES!!!
Scores injured as protesters storm Macedonian Parliament (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
RT.com 27 Apr, 2017 22:04
Scores of people were reportedly injured as demonstrators fought their way through a police cordon and stormed the Macedonian Parliament amid ethnic tensions in the small country.
Over 100 people were injured during violence in Skopje on Thursday evening, including 22 police officers and at least three MPs, local media say. The scuffles came as nationalist Macedonian protesters were angered by the election of an ethnic Albanian as parliamentary speaker. The controversial move escalated the ethnic tensions amongst the 2.1 million residents of the small country, which has been locked in a political crisis since 2015.
Some 200 people forced their way into the parliament building after the vote took place. Live footage from the scene shows camera stands and other equipment being hurled at a group of defending lawmakers.
Zoran Zaev, leader of the Social Democrats party (SDSM), apparently received a head injury and is seen with his face and shirt covered in blood. Witnesses said they also saw blood in some of the hallways of the parliament after police cleared the protesters from the building and used stun grenades to disperse the crowds outside.
“In an attempt to take the situations inside and outside the parliament under control, we have ordered police to use all measures,” the interim government’s interior minister, Agim Nuhiu, said in a televised interview justifying the police action.
Thursday’s violence is just the latest episode in a political crisis that was triggered by the fall of the country’s government after a wiretapping scandal in 2015. Macedonia held new parliamentary elections in December of 2016, in which the previously ruling conservative VMRO-DPMNE won 51 seats to the SDSM’s 49.
However, the socialists proposed a minority coalition with parties representing the Albanian ethnic minority, which comprise roughly a third of Macedonia’s population.
As a condition of participation, the Albanian parties have been insisting on a seven-point platform that includes making Albanian an official language in Macedonia. The plan is said to have been co-authored with the government of Albania, which has triggered protests from Macedonian nationalists. Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov has refused to give Zaev a mandate to form a new government.
The protesters were voicing their disapproval of the coalition electing Talat Xhaferi, a former defence minister from the ethnic Albanian DUI party, as president of the parliament.
The clashes on Thursday came after the coalition elected Talat Xhaferi, a former defense minister from the ethnic Albanian DUI party, as president of the parliament. VMRO-DPMNE MPs have accused the Social Democrat-led coalition of violating parliamentary voting procedures.
This is Macedonia’s worst crisis since 2001, when ethnic tensions brought it to the brink of civil war. The situation was defused when the EU promised the country eventual membership.
EU officials have condemned the violence at Macedonia’s parliament and called on its political parties to seek a peaceful solution to the crisis. European Council President Donald Tusk visited the country earlier in April to meet with President Ivanov.
“I came here with the strong message from the EU leaders that commitment to European perspectives is unequivocal,” Tusk said at the time. “I therefore hope that you will continue to follow this compass and avoid anything that could further fuel tensions also along ethnic lines,” he added.
Russia has called on foreign politicians to stop putting pressure on Skopje and allow the Macedonians solve their own problems on their own terms. Moscow said the eagerness on the part of EU officials to hail the election of Xhaferi, despite his questionable legitimacy, has contributed to the country’s tensions.
Macedonia’s progress towards EU membership has been blocked by Athens over a naming dispute. There is a province called Macedonia in Greece, which considers the use of its name by the former Yugoslavian republic illegitimate.
that janissary dog Zaev flanked by dirty shiptars, oooooh I want to stab him to death...
BWAAAHAAHAAAHAAA LOOK AT DEIR STUPID FACES!
Zaev addressed reporters at a news conference along with other members of his party - many of whom were bandaged - on Thursday following the incident
'What Happens in Macedonia Planned in Advance' - Moscow on Parliament Violence.
POLITICS 14:26 28.04.2017
Moscow calls for stopping external pressure on Macedonia amid an outbreak of violence in the Balkan country's parliament after a controversial election of its chairman.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia calls to end external pressure on Macedonia and allow the responsible political forces of the country to determine for themselves its further development, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday.
"We are deeply concerned about the latest developments in the Republic of Macedonia. On April 27, the opposition that lost the parliamentary elections actually carried out an attempt to seize power in the country by force… having elected the chairman of the Assembly (parliament) with a gross violation of the established procedures," the statement said.
The ministry said that as a result of a brawl involving demonstrators who spoke against the 'impostors', people were injured, some of them hospitalized, adding that official EU representatives, ambassadors of a number of European countries and the United States immediately welcomed the "new chairman" of the parliament.
"Such a quick coordinated reaction undoubtedly testifies to the fact that what happened had been planned in advance, with the secret knowledge of the 'external supervisors' of the Macedonian opposition," it said.
The ministry called for seeking a solution to the situation only by means of an intra-Macedonian dialogue.
"It is necessary to stop any external pressure and allow the responsible political forces of the Republic of Macedonia to determine the further development of the country on their own," the statement said.
Moscow blames opposition and West for Macedonia flareup.
b92 BETA FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017 | 16:14
Moscow has accused the opposition in Macedonia of attempting to seize power by force - with US and EU support.
"On April 27, the opposition that lost the parliamentary election effectively carried out an attempt to seize power in the country by force, by electing the president of the Assembly through a flagrant violation of established procedures," a Russian Foreign Ministry statement said on Friday.
The ministry stated that representatives of the EU, ambassadors of a number of European countries, as well as the US "immediately welcomed 'the new president' of the Assembly."
"Such a lightning-speed, coordinated reaction is undoubtedly a testament to the fact that the incident was planned in advance, with the tacit consent of 'external curators' of the Macedonian opposition. This again confirms the thesis that the main reason for the current internal political crisis in the Republic of Macedonia is the grossest interference in the internal affairs of this country," the statement said, as quoted by Beta.
"The unscrupulous manipulation of the will of citizens is evident in order to remove the legitimate government from power," the MFA said, and added:
"Further developments according to this scenario, the attempts to change the country on the basis of the so-called Tirana Platform, threaten even greater tension and the sliding of the situation into a conflict, including on inter-ethnic grounds. And if we recall that on the same day a French court, despite Serbia's request along the Interpol line, released Kosovo Albanian Ramush Haradinaj, then there is a clear indulging of the West of the Greater Albania aspirations."
"In the current situation, an adequate solution can only be found through intra-Macedonian dialogue within the constitutional and legal framework. It is necessary to stop any external pressure and allow the responsible political forces of the Republic of Macedonia to determine for themselves the further development of the country," Moscow said.
Albanians are going for all or nothing - Serbian FM.
What is happening in Macedonia is not just a local problem, but one for the whole region, says Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic.
b92 TANJUG FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017 | 11:07
"Now it's the most obvious how right we have been when we pointed out that Serbia has an important lever in its hands, and that is political stability," Dacic told RTS.
He added that there is no hope for a political agreement in Macedonia, that there is political instability in Croatia, and that it is "of vital importance to determine whether there is an authority that keeps things under control."
"The international community did not intervene with a demand to come to a compromise, but to accept an option. It is obvious that there are great disagreements within Macedonian society regardless of whether it's about Macedonians or Albanians," said Dacic.
He said that PM and President-elect Aleksandar Vucic "had several conversations yesterday" and that "Serbia will help as much as it can - but we can only appeal to peace."
According to Dacic, if Serbia had "some other government" - today the situation in our country would be like that in Macedonia.
Serbia, he added, is reacting to provocations coming from southern municipalities where Albanians live "with restraint."
These provocations include statements about Albania's prime minister, rather than Vucic being their "president," and about "a Greater Albania" not being complete without the Serbian city of Nis.
Dacic admitted it was "not easy to hold back faced with the daily statements about the creation of a Greater Albania," but that he "respects the red line drawn by Vucic."
"It's just like if we talked about uniting the Serbs from the region. The first to respond to their statement was Johannes Hahn," said Dacic.
According to him, the Greater Albania rhetoric is not happening by accident - "Albanians are not so brave to speak about it by themselves."
"That is why it's important to preserve political stability. Would we want scenes like in Macedonia to happen here?," Dacic asked.
Speaking about the decision of a French court not to extradite Ramush Haradinaj to Serbia, Dacic said it was "political and had nothing to do with the law."
"Serbia signed a strategic partnership agreement with France. What kind of strategic partners are we? This will certainly have significant consequences on our diplomatic relations," he said.
"You heard Haradinaj's message, that one should do as Croats did. What does that mean? Killing Serbs during the 1990s was not enough for him, he wants to continue all that," said Dacic.
He stressed that Serbia "responds to all that with restraint" but that "no one should play with the people of Serbia and the Serbian state."
"We are a small but proud country. We act with restraint because we are aware that the situation should not be additionally heated and that the way out is in agreement, not in escalation and war," said the minister.
According to him, Albanians have taken an "all or nothing" position - "but those who were their protectors have disappeared from the global political scene."
"They still think that some new merciful angel will protect them," Dacic concluded.
Ukraine vs. Macedonia: The West's double standards.
RT America Apr 28, 2017
The EU and US both condemned a right-wing nationalist uprising in Macedonia. Protesters demanded early elections and beat up members of parliament, injuring over 100 people. However, contrasting the civil strife in Macedonia and Ukraine shows the inconsistency in what western media and governments deem “democratic,” and that western outrage is usually calculated to maximize US power, particularly at the expense of Russia. RT America’s Alexey Yaroshevsky takes a look.
Last Edit: Jul 3, 2017 12:06:26 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Leftist nationalist President n now right nationalist government!
Borisov links with far-right parties to rule Bulgaria
PM must balance deeper EU relations with coalition party’s call to firm Russia ties
FT.com YESTERDAY by: Kerin Hope in Athens and Theodor Troev in Sofia
Boyko Borisov will lead his third Bulgarian government in eight years after parliament endorsed a coalition on Thursday between the prime minister’s centre-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party and a trio of small far-right parties.
Mr Borisov avoided having to form a minority administration by teaming up with the United Patriots group, which campaigned at last month’s snap general election on a nationalist platform that also evoked Bulgaria’s traditional friendship with Russia.
The 57-year-old prime minister must now balance his party’s goal of deepening integration with the EU with the United Patriots’ desire to strengthen ties with Russia.
Lawmakers approved the coalition by 133 to 101 votes during a vote of confidence following Mr Borisov’s announcement of his cabinet.
In January, Bulgaria takes over the EU’s rotating six-month presidency in January. Mr Borisov gave assurances that Bulgaria would “successfully organise and run” the bloc’s presidency, adding: “We will work for the reform and enlargement of the EU.”
However, the prime minister faces criticism for co-operating with the United Patriots, whose leaders are accused of using hate speech against Bulgaria’s Roma and ethnic Turkish minorities, and of cultivating ties with pro-Russian local business.
Ognian Shentov, chairman of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, a Sofia think-tank, said: “The traditionally pro-Russian United Patriots are a new element in government but they represent the same informal networks that have captured the Bulgarian state in recent decades. This administration is expected to be stable, but it won’t have the capacity for implementing real reform.”
Bulgaria, the EU’s poorest member-state, is under pressure from the commission to overhaul its justice system and crack down on high-level corruption that has delayed disbursement of European funds for infrastructure projects and modernising the administration.
Mr Borisov awarded the leaders of the United Patriots senior positions in the government while the majority of cabinet posts went to his own party, known as Gerb.
Krasimir Karakachanov, leader of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Movement was appointed as one of four deputy prime ministers in charge of national security and defence. Mr Karakachanov’s appointment has been criticised because of his role in the 1980s as an agent of the communist state security service.
Mr Karakachanov, a Eurosceptic and vocal critic of Bulgaria’s membership of Nato, has toned down his anti-western rhetoric, according to Daniel Smilov, an analyst at the Centre for Liberal Strategies, a think-tank.
“Now he’s very careful not to take anti-western positions. But the issue of trust between Nato partners and Bulgaria will be on the table and the Patriots will have to try hard to overcome their [anti-western] legacy,” Mr Smilov said.
Valeri Simeonov, who heads the National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria, was named as another deputy premier with responsibility for economic policy. Mr Simeonov was filmed during the election campaign participating in a violent protest by NFSV activists trying to block Bulgarian ethnic Turks from crossing the border to vote.
Mr Borisov also appointed two deputies from his party.
Emil Karanikolov, former executive director of Bulgaria’s privatisation agency, will serve as minister of the economy. Mr Karanikolov, who was nominated by Ataka, the United Patriots’ third member-party, will take charge of disbursing EU funds.
Social Tensions in Assenovgrad, Southern Bulgaria, have not subsided. Thousands of the town’s residents met for a rally yesterday to protest against illegally residing Roma Gypsies and their lawless acts.
The protest rally was peaceful but with heavy police presence, especially close to the Roma neighbourhood.
More than 2,000 people joined a protest outside the Town Hall in the town on 28th of June with calls for ensuring their security.
A meeting was held with the Mayor of Asenovgrad municipality on 29th of June attended by all the affected parties - parents of the injured contestants, citizens who participated in the protest, as well as experts from the municipal administration.
Yordan Todorov, the father of one of the injured children says his child has a broken arm and his daughter has anxiety. “ I just want to call for a reconsideration of the decision for municipal police in the town that was rejected by the town council," he said.
In response to the requests of the citizens, the Interior Ministry and the gendarmerie started massive checks in the Roma neighborhood in Assenovgrad. According to official data, more than 10,000 people live there. However, residents say in the recent years their number has increased many times, according to BNT.
Assenovgrad residents demand bringing down illegal dwellings in the Roma neighbourhood and displacing Roma without address registrations.
The problems in Assenovgrad started on 26 June when a group of Roma attacked children who are trained in the local kayaking club at the dam of 40 Springs. The conflict continued with a beating of the athletes in the center of the town and outside the hospital in which rowers and their coach were injured. Nine from the Roma attackers have been arrested.
They are facing charges of hooliganism with a high degree of arrogance and cynicism. Some of the attackers are also facing charges of attempted murder and murder threats.
Some protesters, however, argue that their demonstration has been corrupted by provocators who have been football fans - vaguely local whether or not, who chanted racist appeals, according to bTV.
To relieve the tension, special police officers and a fire fighting team arrived at the place of the incident.
Bulgaria: Bikers and ultras join thousands in march against alleged 'Roma aggression'
Ruptly TV Jul 2, 2017
Thousands of protesters, including bikers and 'ultra' football fans, attempted to march on a Roma neighbourhood in the city of Asenovgrad, Sunday, in a protest against so-called "Roma aggression".
SOT, Stiliana Manovska, protester (Bulgarian): "I cannot give help to someone that doesn't want to help themselves. They don't want to scare away Bulgarians. They tried to kill those guys with rocks in their hands!"
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 19, 2017 17:11:24 GMT -5
Bulgaria: Protesters block road over government's handling of Roma community.
Ruptly TV Aug 6, 2017
Hundreds of protesters blocked a road connecting the towns of Asenovgrad and Smolyan in southern Bulgaria for an hour in a repeat of demonstrations over apparent 'Roma aggression', Sunday.
The protest moved through the streets of Asenovgrad demanding the eviction of the local Roma community who were allegedly involved in a fracas with a kayaking club towards the end of June.
Tension between the club and the local Roma community broke out on June 26, ending in a violent brawl and the arrest of at least nine Roma inhabitants.
Many of those marching on Sunday also expressed their dismay over the government's reaction to the incident.
The government, in turn, is calling for round-the-clock police presence in the area.
"24-hour presence of uniformed policemen – that's what we demand," said Valeri Simeonov, the deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria, who also attended the march. "If it doesn't happen, we will come back to protest."
Valeri Simeonov, deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria (Bulgarian): "24 hour presence of uniformed policemen – that's what we demand."
Valeri Simeonov, deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria (Bulgarian): "Our requirements to the local police are to have a 24 hour police presence. If it doesn't happen, we will come back to protest."
Atanas Popov, protester (Bulgarian): "To promise is not the same as to do. We still don't want promises."
The Macedonian Parliament ratified the Friendship and Neighborhood Agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria with 61 votes in favor of the good neighborship and friendship between the two countries.
Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said that "the treaty protects our interests and the interests of Bulgaria". He defined as a good sign that the treaty was ratified today, in which Bulgaria was the first in the world to recognize the independence of the Republic of Macedonia under its constitutional name in 1992.
The opposition VMRO-DPMNE, on whose term the treaty did not have much movement, boycotted the vote - because of the arrests of its members over the parliament in May.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria welcomes the decision of the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia to ratify the Friendship, Neighborhood and Cooperation Treaty between the two countries.
This act reaffirms the will to build good neighborly relations, which are an important element of the European perspective of all the countries of the Western Balkans, says an official message from the MFA.
TsarSamuil: Very very hot...sometimes around 31-35...and it has been going on since month of May, everything is scorched yellow and dry, things are dying or dead, this is abnormal summer..must be global warming, usually have rainy dull summers, this feel like south eu
Jul 30, 2018 10:49:17 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: large forest fires, not where I live, but have country-wide BBQ ban..which I find ridiculous...not to enjoy this warm summer? pffft..
Jul 30, 2018 10:50:42 GMT -5
White Cossack: You enjoy it, huh.
Jul 30, 2018 12:41:41 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bbq is basic slavic right
Aug 3, 2018 10:18:31 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: @ussrstrong: I blame general low activity on social medias, all the people sit there today
Oct 10, 2018 12:53:50 GMT -5
reznik: @proto-Orchid: very true. What's worse, is that the system is designed specifically to keep those people dormant in their echo chambers. Nothing new to learn for them there, just stupid cat videos and such. Sad.
Oct 14, 2018 5:48:26 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Its the substitute for going out, meeting and spending your time with friends in real life. Its just part of the story. When I was younger I remember people were meeting to play team sports, but today you see completely autistic people jogging with iPhone.
Oct 14, 2018 18:18:38 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Then they come back home, put pictures on Instagram or Facebook to show off how they spent their time jogging, and as mental satisfaction they get few likes or hearts, or whatever social medias have today, which is a measure of how good their life is. Sick
Oct 14, 2018 18:21:43 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: Sto Latz! Today marks 100 years of Polska! May there be 100 more! Wish I could have gone to the Independence March to celebrate this year, of all years. Theres always the next one to look forward to...
Nov 11, 2018 6:56:57 GMT -5
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Nov 25, 2018 17:19:11 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: The latest flare up in the Ukraine-Russia conflict is painful to watch. Two brothers pit against one-another by foriegn elites, for what? Money and power... Sad.
Nov 30, 2018 3:17:07 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Seems like its loosing momentum? lets hope...
Dec 29, 2018 9:15:04 GMT -5
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Feb 27, 2019 23:01:32 GMT -5
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Jun 3, 2019 0:37:57 GMT -5
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Jul 28, 2019 9:08:27 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bought a 3rd book shelf, for some reason I'm crazy about buying lots of books..
Aug 12, 2019 15:49:41 GMT -5
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Sept 13, 2019 20:32:33 GMT -5
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Nov 28, 2019 11:30:45 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: A guy keeps spamming casino links every day, I have to ban him constantly, I wonder what his post count would be otherwise, approaching mine?
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