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30 Sep 16

Macedonia "Rushes" Record Budget Ahead of Elections

Macedonia's government said it is confident that the country can manage next year's largest-ever state budget - whose adoption in parliament arrived earlier than usual.

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05 Sep 16

'Shadow' Economy Thriving in Balkans, Study Shows

New survey blames high rate of people working in hidden economy in Balkan region on mistrust in state institutions - and unfair tax systems that penalise those on low incomes.

bad-roads-blamed-for-macedonia-kosovo-trade-decrease-08-19-2016
22 Aug 16

Bad Roads Blamed for Macedonia-Kosovo Trade Decrease

The promised but as yet unbuilt highway stretch that would link Macedonia and Kosovo is taking a costly toll on Macedonian companies as trade between the two countries plummets.

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23 Feb 16

Balkan Leaders Discuss Energy, Transport at Summit

Transport links and energy projects were high on the agenda as Balkan premiers met at an investment summit in London organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

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27 Nov 15

Tirana and Skopje Agree ‘Veggie War’ Deal

Albania and Macedonia take steps to resolve fresh produce 'trade war' after Tirana raises the issue at a regional free trade meeting.

macedonia-hikes-debt-despite-concern-11-13-2015
16 Nov 15

Macedonia Borrows More Despite Europe's Concern

Macedonia is borrowing more money by issuing bonds, despite concern voiced recently in Brussels about the country's financial direction and priorities.

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31 Aug 15

Europe to Fund Balkan Transport, Energy Projects

Following the Vienna summit, the Western Balkans has been promised 200 million euro in co-financing for 10 transport and energy projects, to improve growth and energy security.

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23 Jul 15

Macedonia Govt Proposes Biggest Ever Budget

With opposition MPs still absent, the government has proposed a budget rebalance which will result in Macedonia's biggest ever national budget in 25 years of independence.

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22 Jul 15

Macedonia Again Plans to Sell Postal Service

After several failed attempts to sell the state owned postal service in the past, Macedonia is again considering privatization.

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06 Jul 15

Balkan States Weigh Impact of Greece’s ‘No’

Officials in the Balkans are weighing up the potential impact of the Greek referendum result on their countries amid warnings that a deepening of the crisis could damage economies in the region.

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30 Jun 15

Macedonia Tells Banks To Pull Cash From Greece

Central bank in Skopje tells commercial banks to withdraw money from banks in Greece, as a safeguard in case of a sudden Greek exit from the eurozone.

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26 Jun 15

Montenegro Court Blocks Deal to Cut Roaming Charges

An agreement on reducing roaming charges between Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Macedonia could fail after a Montenegrin court called it 'unacceptable' for the country.

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27 Apr 15

Macedonia Slammed for Failing to Liberalize Energy

Macedonia has breached its EU commitments to liberalize its energy market, the Energy Community has said, giving it only two months to rectify this failure.

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22 Apr 15

EU Hails Balkan Transport Network Deal

Leaders of six Western Balkans countries meeting on Tuesday in Brussels agreed on plans for a regional transport network, to which the EU has pledged 130 million euros.

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13 Apr 15

Graft and Grey Economy Hindering Balkan Business, EBRD

A new survey from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, EBRD, shows that corruption, competition with the informal sector, complex taxes and lack of access to bank loans are the chief complaints of business leaders in the Balkans.

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macedonia-s-ruling-party-missed-its-election-pledges-11-22-2016
23 Nov 16

Macedonia’s Ruling Party Missed its Election Pledges

From the 2006 election onwards, the VMRO-DPMNE party has made a habit of issuing flamboyant promises in campaigns that analysis shows were rarely acted on.

29 Sep 16

World Bank Upbeat About Western Balkans

21 Jul 16

Macedonia Parties Trade Blame Over Budget Cuts

07 Apr 16

Macedonia Crisis Makes Foreign Investors Wary

25 Jun 15

Balkan Economies Brace for Impact of Grexit

05 Nov 14

Dream of Luxury Hotels Vanishes in Macedonia

Politics and Society

elections-fuel-macedonian-s-dream-of-pay-raises-12-01-2016
02 Dec 16

Macedonian Parties Fuel Dreams of Pay Hikes

Campaign promises of drastic rises in pay for Macedonia's impoverished workers are far-fetched without a sharp economic upturn, experts warn.

30 Nov 16

Attacks on Balkan Media Unchecked, HRW Says

Culture and Lifestyle

macedonia-faced-ban-on-serbian-music-09-28-2016
28 Sep 16

Sound of Serbian Music May Vanish From Macedonia

After much Macedonian music went off air in Macedonia in a dispute over copyright, Macedonian TV and radio stations now face another ban - on playing music from Serbia.

24 Aug 16

Secrets of Macedonia’s Colourful South

15 Aug 16

Insiders’ Guide: Hidden Gems of the Balkans

05 Aug 16

Balkan Athletes Ready to Wave Flags in Rio

31 Dec 15

Ring in the New Year Balkan Style