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Here are the top stories in Macedonia’s main newspapers. Balkan Insight has not verified the reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
The opposition front in Macedonia is getting bigger, the daily says. The main opposition party, the Social Democrats, yesterday welcomed four new parties into the bloc, which already has 12 parties. The small Turkish Movement Party, the Serbian Progressive Party, the Democratic Union of Serbs and the Serbian Community in Macedonia “St.Sava” all joined the opposition group.
The group claims that the destructive politics of the current Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has united them against him, while analysts argue that the opposition at the moment poses no danger for the government.
Two days after the visit of the Serbian President Boris Tadic to Macedonia, the authorities in Skopje seem to want to downplay the event. They have been silent about the content of the talks, suggesting that even football was among the subjects discussed but not the name issue with Greece, and regard the visit as informal.
Unnamed sources previously told the daily that Tadic was coming to help solve the long-lasting Athens-Skopje name spat.
Greece demands everything it cannot have, the daily says, referring to the latest statement by Greek Foreign Ministry Spokesman Grigori Dalavecouras regarding the Skopje Athens name spat. One name for all uses is needed as a solution to the name spat, the spokesman said, and if that means changing the Macedonian constitution then that must be done as well.
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.