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President Ivanov in Detroit: To say the Republic of Macedonia is neither shameful nor fearful
Monday, 24 September 2018 08:58

No politician has a term to negotiate the identity of a nation. The majority of Macedonian citizens did not vote for a program that stipulates a change of the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia for the purpose of changing the constitutional name of the state. So, neither the current government got the people's mandate to change the identity, to give up of the Diaspora, to erase history and memory, said the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, during the visit to the Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral, Nativity of Virgin Mary in Detroit.

"The Republic of Macedonia is a permanent benefit. But with the agreement with Greece and the upcoming referendum, that lasting benefit is now being relativized. As if it is not understood that by relativizing the permanent, we also relativize us as nation. This agreement attempts to humiliate us, as no nation has ever been humiliated. They want to make us foolish, believing that we do not know what our name is", President Ivanov said, reiterating his stance that he will not vote in the referendum on September 30th.

detroit_1"Revivalists fought for freedom from spiritual slavery. Revolutionaries fought for freedom from political slavery. Are we now, after all these sacrifices, entering into a new slavery? Will we deny the freedom to call ourselves according to our own name. Will we be constrained to say the Republic of Macedonia exists, fearing if we mention the Republic of Macedonia not to offend someone? To say the Republic of Macedonia is neither shameful nor fearful", President Ivanov said.

The Macedonian President attended liturgy and consecration of the fresco painting in the church, and visited the children of Macedonian origin who study Religious Studies.

"When you write, speak and create in Macedonian, you actively participate in the construction of our ideal homeland. Macedonia is a homeland of the old Slavic ecclesiastical language. Our duty, as Macedonians, is to keep and continually improve our Macedonian language. Therefore, my appeal to you today is not to forget the Macedonian language. To teach your children, to encourage your loved ones, to be an example and encouragement for the Macedonians in the Diaspora, but also in the Republic of Macedonia", President Ivanov told the representatives in the church community in Detroit.
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President Ivanov delivers a lecture at Wayne State University in Detroit
Saturday, 22 September 2018 10:14

The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, gave a lecture at the prestigious Wayne State University in Detroit, at the start of his working visit to the United States.

Announced as a supporter of the principles of market economy and political pluralism, the Macedonian President spoke on "The Birth of a New World: Challenges and Opportunities for Generations Y, Z and Alpha".

Talking about the hyper-connectivity, the challenges and opportunities of the new generations through the prism of the famous philosophers, President Ivanov explained the changes in the world, caused by the rapid advancement of technology, migration, demagogy, climate change.

"There is a period of post-democracy. It is when democracy enters a different phase, when it is seen that it is not affected by those elected by the politicians, but spin doctors. Spin doctors are policy-creators, as they create the programs and activities of politicians", President Ivanov said.

Speaking about the crisis in 2008 and the reasons behind the changes, both in reality and in thoughts, he suggested that ethics had been lost and encouraged young people to exploit their potential at this time of hyper-connectivity in a digitally transformed world . According to the Macedonian President, such a new world of sharing philosophy, block-chain technologies and start-up businesses is created by young digital generations through social networks.

"Knowledge does not make sense if it is not used; it should be applicable - to apply the knowledge and make use of it in your life. It is assumed that one of those most secret teachings is that everything that is human creation, everything that is created by man, whether it is politics, sports, war, medicine, culture, everything is subject to the same four rules. If you respect them, you will always find a solution. These four golden rules are four wisdoms: be patient, learn from the other, use the moment and, if you want to succeed, be ready for sacrifice", President Ivanov said.

The Macedonian President told the audience that he was delighted with their confidence, courage and readiness to be socially active on numerous issues, but at the same time he urged them to channel the unique potential of their generation to achieve lasting values.

The Wayne State University, founded in 1868, is among the top 50 US state universities for research. Within this university is the Mike Ilitch Business School, which is named after the American businessman with Macedonian descent, Mr. Mike Ilitch.

During his stay in Detroit, President Ivanov will be awarded the Global Statesman Award, the highest recognition given by the United Macedonian Diaspora. The visit of the Macedonian President is on the occasion of the participation of the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, where he is scheduled to address on September 27th.

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Meeting with Ambassador Clemens Koja, new Head of the OSCE Mission to the Republic of Macedonia
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 13:47
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Farewell meeting with the head of the NATO Liaison Office in Macedonia, Gorazd Bartol
Monday, 17 September 2018 14:06
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President Ivanov distinguishes Professor Jovan Pavlevski with Medal of Merit for Macedonia
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 11:16

The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, distinguished today Mr. Jovan Pavlevski with Medal of Merit for Macedonia for his long-term promotion of the Republic of Macedonia in the French Republic and throughout the Francophone world.

The Medal of Merit is awarded to Prof. Jovan Pavlevski for exceptional dedication and engagement in his work and activities in the French Republic, thus making a significant contribution to the promotion of the friendly relations and cooperation with the French Republic, as well as for affirmation of the Republic of Macedonia in the world.

“His merits are not only in the field of publishing. As a committed intellectual, he has been advocating and promoting the interests of the Republic of Macedonia in the French Republic and the Francophone world for decades. For many Francophone authors, creators and opinion makers, the meeting with Pavlevski is their first direct meeting with Macedonia and the Macedonian worldview. They see in him what kind of people Macedonia creates. Thus, Professor Pavlevski became the Macedonian voice in the economic and political sciences in the Francophone world”, President Ivanov said.

Professor Pavlevski thanked for the award given by President Ivanov.

“For me, this medal is overwhelming. As a child from Macedonia, it is the first time, after the film, that I get such recognition and I am grateful. Thank you very much. In these moments you are a very great President and your name, I am convinced, will enter the history of the world. There will be no book on political, social sciences without your name inside”, professor Jovan Pavlevski stressed in the speech.

Professor Pavlevski is from the Berovo village Ratevo. In 1960 he left for France, where he holds a doctorate at the Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences at the University of Paris. In his academic career, he was a professor at the Universities of Rouen, Casablanca and Sorbonne. He is the founder of one of the five largest publishing houses for economic and political literature in Europe and the world, “Economics”, which has published over 18,000 authors. Professor Pavlevski is the holder of several top state and academic decorations in the French Republic.

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President Ivanov in Kavadarci at the manifestation “Tikvesh Grape Harvest 2018”
Sunday, 09 September 2018 14:38
 
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