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Academics to help Bulgarian PM over relations with Macedonia. Opposition demands snap general polls in march and change of key ministers.
Members of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences will ‘educate’ the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov regarding the relations with Macedonia. He asked for help from the Academy in the form of a material based on historical data that should serve him to argument his position towards Macedonia in Brussels. In December at the EU Council in Brussels, where Macedonia had been hoping to obtain a start date for membership talks, Bulgaria joined Greece in blocking the country. Bulgaria said it could not support a country that had failed to nurture good neighbourly relations.
The opposition has set its terms for participating in the March local elections. They demand parallel early general elections along with new ministers in charge of police, justice and finance that will have to be approved by them. The opposition led by the Social Democratic party, SDSM, also want a new head of the national broadcasting service, MRTV, to ensure impartial media coverage of the vote.
Balkan Insight has not verified the reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
Donors spent hundreds of thousands of euro building a new museum in Gjirokastra - but the results were questionable and it ultimately closed over an ideological dispute.