The “North Macedonians”

Note: This is a list of examples of media, and others, using the term “North Macedonians” or a variation thereof, as the identity to describe the Macedonian people, which is wrong. In many instances, these examples show how the media, and others, are using the term, again, wrongly, to describe other aspects of Macedonia such as the capital, government, food, coinage, culture, and even air space. I will update this periodically. This list is not exhaustive — it consists merely of examples I have found in my daily perusal of the news. Updated October 24, 2019

“Greek and North Macedonian Prime Ministers Pose For Historic Selfie After End to 30-Year-Long Name Dispute” (headline)

-Time Magazine, April 2, 2019

North Macedonian Wins Goldman Environmental Prize” (headline)

Emerging Europe, April 29, 2019

“…then she visited the bank’s board of directors in London and presented each member with a North Macedonian coin featuring the lynx.”

CNN, April 29, 2019

“…saw the North Macedonian capital transformed…”

Calvert Journal, April 29, 2019

“Their pat on the back was welcomed by North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.”

Balkan Insight, April 30, 2019

“…the Pope is not expected to meet privately with North Macedonian Orthodox Primate Stephen in his upcoming visit.”

-BBC, May 5, 2019

“But the accord continues to divide North Macedonians and has eclipsed all other campaign issues.”

-Reuters, May 5, 2019

“In addition to North Macedonians, the Church in the country…”

-Vatican News, May 7, 2019

“The defendants reiterated their claim that they were victims of a political set-up by the former North Macedonian government…”

Balkan Insight, May 16, 2019

“The issue remains divisive in North Macedonian politics, too.”

“Furthermore, the Prespa accord will be judged by whether it lays to rest doubts about the long-term stability of the North Macedonian state.”

Financial Times, May 20, 2019

“Greek fighter jets fly over North Macedonian air space” (headline)

Greek City Times, May 22, 2019

“…he just signed with his North Macedonian counterpart a Memorandum of Cooperation…”

Xinhua, May 22, 2019

“”that’s going to be up to the North Macedonian people themselves.”

US Senator James Risch, quoted in VOA News, May 24, 2019

North Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski welcomed…”

AP, May 29, 2019

“Zaev acknowledged that some EU states are still hesitant on North Macedonian membership…”

RFE/RL, June 4, 2019

“She is also an activist and well-known columnist for North Macedonian daily newspapers and regional political web sites and is a leftist activist.”

ICNC, June 6, 2019

“…as the North Macedonian government will gradually….”

“…when the North Macedonian government realized…”

“The attempted blackmail by North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev…”

New Europe, June 10, 2019

“…approximately 25 percent of North Macedonian ground capability with new models…”

Testimony in front of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee by Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Kathryn Wheelbarger June 12, 2019

“Albanian and North Macedonian leaders said the same on Tuesday (11 June).”

euobserver, June 12, 2019

“‘We spoke with (my) colleague (North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran) Zaev last week… to guard North Macedonia’s airspace when we acquire the new jets,’ Borissov told reporters.”, June 12, 2019

“In the North Macedonian capital Skopje, a small light blue car…”

Reuters, June 19, 2019

“Some Bulgarian politicians have welcomed North Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski reportedly recently…”

Balkaneu, June 26, 2019

“…the North Macedonian capital…”

Culture Trip, July 2, 2019

“Eighteen years after they fled their villages during the 2001 armed conflict between North Macedonian security forces and ethnic Albanian rebels…”

Balkan Insight, July 3, 2019

“…and North Macedonian seventh-grade textbooks on the period of the Middle Ages.”

IBNA, July 7, 2019

“…North Macedonian artists and musicians…”

“…North Macedonian Philharmonic orchestra…”

“…traditional North Macedonian cuisine…”

“According to a news report from a Northern Macedonian newspaper…”

“The North Macedonian government’s announcement however…”

Greek City Times, July 14, 2019

“…he also met with Northern Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev…”

Anadolu Agency, July 16, 2019

“….and the Republic of North Macedonia was born.”

Policy Network, July 30, 2019

(the above, co-authored by a Greek writer, subtly attempts to make it look like Macedonia — and thus the Macedonians — are a new creation)

“…together with his North Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev…”

IBNA, August 1, 2019

“…the slavomacedonian PM Zoran Zaev…”

themanews, August 1, 2019

“…Borissov told the media in the North Macedonian capital of Skopje…”

Balkan Insight, August 1, 2019

“Bulgarian National Television reported on August 4 that the North Macedonian co-chairperson of the commission…”

Sofia Globe, August 4, 2019

August 10, 2019, Lisa Kerman, author

North Macedonian PM Named in Third “Extortion” Video (headline on tweet)

Balkan Insight, August 10, 2019 (written by a Macedonian journalist)

“…has rocked the North Macedonian political scene…”

“…EU-sponsored North Macedonian ‘justice reform,’”…

“The parallels between the North Macedonian and Albanian cases are numerous…”

Exit, August 12, 2019

“…and assured Kamcev that the North Macedonian premier wouldn’t cause them any problems.”

Balkan Insight, August 13, 2019 (written by a Macedonian journalist)

North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has come under fire…”

Balkan Insight, August 14, 2019 (written by a Macedonian journalist)

The referendum is, so far, North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev’s crowning achievement.

Al Jazeera, August 14, 2019

North Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski says government institutions are failing…”

VOA Macedonian Service, August 15, 2019

“Senior North Macedonian Government officials congratulated Mathew Palmer…”, September 3, 2019

North Macedonian government authorities…”

“The Minister of Economy in the North Macedonian government…”, September 6, 2019

“The North Macedonian flag will fly for the 20th time in Rotterdam!”

“Yesterday, North Macedonian broadcaster MKRTV confirmed…”

North Macedonias (sic) at the Eurovision Song Contest”, September 8, 2019

“Turkey needed for peace in Balkans: N Macedonian politician” (headline)

“…according to a top North Macedonian politician.”

Hurriyet Daily News, September 9, 2019

“One North Macedonian cannabis producer, NYSK, is growing…”

Physician’s Weekly (Reuters), September 17, 2019

“The World Bank’s Mr Mantovanelli believes the North Macedonian government’s policies…”

“….which are vital to the North Macedonian economy.”

Emerging Europe, September 17, 2019

“….was hijacked by a North Macedonian businessman…

Washington Post, September 18, 2019

“Talking DW, a Thessaloniki trader said that the North Macedonians have…”

…”though she also confessed she has no issue with North Macedonian alva…”

North Macedonians themselves come to Greece…”

“But in the North Macedonian capital of Skopje…”

North Macedonians know how to produce alva…”

DW, September 25, 2019

North Macedonian PM: Extortion Probe Will Be Resolved Before EU Talks” (headline)

VOA, September 27, 2019

“…Pompeo said after meeting North Macedonian top officials in the southern town of Ohrid.”

Reuters, October 4, 2019

“They also announced a new meeting in the North Macedonian town of Ohrid…”

Balkan Insight, October 10, 2019

“Speaking in Parliament on Monday, Nikola Dimitrov told MEPs there was ‘huge expectation’ among North Macedonians that the green light would be given for talks to start.”

Parliament Magazine, October 15, 2019

“Unless an agreement is clinched in Luxembourg, ministers will leave a decision on Albanian and North Macedonian membership talks…”

Reuters, October 15, 2019

Northern Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski warns….”

B92, October 15, 2019

“Meanwhile, North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev…”

Balkan Insight, October 16, 2019

“…by North Macedonian entrant Mila Moskov.”

“…was written by North Macedonian singer Magdalena Cvetkoska…”

ESCUnited Forum, October 16, 2019

“Meanwhile, his North Macedonian counterpart, Zoran Zaev, urged…”

Euronews, October 18, 2019

“On the eve of the summit, North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev…”

Reuters, October 18, 2019

North Macedonian opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski (VMRO-DPMNE) calls upon…”

Tweet, Reinhard Bütikofer, German MEP, October 18, 2019

North Macedonian foreign minister Nikola Dimitrov called on the EU…”

BBC, October 18, 2019

North Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski urged…”

AFP, October 18, 2019

“Both the Albanian and North Macedonian leaders were…”

Balkan Insight, October 18, 2019

“….add so much weight to North Macedonian extension…”

Tweet, Alexander Clarkson, self-proclaimed lecturer, October 19, 2019

North Macedonian prime minister calls for snap election after EU rebuff” (headline)

Politico, October 19, 2019

“North Macedonian PM urges snap election after EU declines to launch accession talks” (headline)

Reuters, October 19, 2019

“…Kouloglou said, speaking to North Macedonian television over the weekend.”

Euractive, October 20, 2019

North Macedonian leaders agree to hold snap election on April 12”

Reuters, October 20, 2019

“Zoran Zaev, the North Macedonian prime minister…”

Express, October 21, 2019

“…on the effect of dashing of North Macedonian and Albanian hopes for EU membership talks.”

Tweet, Kurt Bassuener, Scholar & Senior Associate, Democratization Policy Council, October 21, 2019

“…and coastal regions into Albanian, North Macedonian and Greek territory.”

“The North Macedonian researcher is currently studying the tortoises there.”

“She worked at the North Macedonian Ministry of Environment in Skopje…”, October 22, 2019

“…but it is valid as long as… [North Macedonian people] adhere to it.”

Euractive, October 22, 2019

North Macedonian premier Zoran Zaev will travel…”

Balkan Insight, October 22, 2019

“…and North Macedonian officials…”

U.S. Senator James Risch, Chairman, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, remarks on the U.S. Senate floor, October 22, 2019

“The North Macedonian foreign minister, Nikola Dimitrov, meanwhile…”

Al Jazeera, October 23, 2019 (written by Dimitar Bechev)

“United States, North Macedonian and Bulgarian Soldiers attend…”

Tweet, US Spec Ops Europe @US_SOCEUR October 23, 2019

“…including the North Macedonians themselves.”

Kathimerini, October 23, 2019

North Macedonians and Albanians expect more from us.”

Euractive, October 24, 2019

“At French insistence, the North Macedonians are left out in the cold” (headline)

The Economist, October 26, 2019


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Jason Miko

Jason Miko


Proud American & Arizonan w/Hungarian ethnicity & passion for Macedonia, Hungary & Estonia. Traveler, PR man, history buff & wine, craft beer & cigar enthusiast