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18 Dec 14

Montenegro Drops in Forbes Business Ranking

Montenegro has dopped down four places in this year’s Forbes magazine’s list of 'best countries for business,' ranking in 48th place out of 146 surveyed states, although it remains above several EU member states.

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16 Dec 14

Illicit Outflows Rob Balkan Economies of $100bn

A study by Global Financial Integrity, GIF, says illicit money outflows robbed Balkan countries of the equivalent of more than 100 billion dollars during the last decade.

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12 Dec 14

Albania and Bosnia Lag in Europe GDP Table

Albania and Bosnia have the lowest GDP per capita of 37 European countries examined, while Bulgaria is the EU's poorest country, the bloc’s statistics office, Eurostat, said on Thursday.

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02 Dec 14

Russian Pipeline Halt Raises Concern in Balkans

Russia’s decision to scrap its South Stream gas pipeline has caused concerns in Serbia, Bulgaria and Macedonia about whether they will miss out on promised energy benefits.

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28 Nov 14

Macedonia Industrial Output Continues Steady Rise

For 14 consecutive months, Macedonia's industrial output has been increasing, and business leaders have expressed confidence about continued expansion next year.

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28 Nov 14

Macedonia Borrows Again for Bulgaria Rail Link

With work on the first section of the link now in progress, Macedonia is to borrow 145 million euro for the second stretch of its long-awaited rail connection to Bulgaria.

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26 Nov 14

Macedonia Rebuffs Kosovo Over Flight Subsidies

Macedonia said that it will not stop subsidising low-cost passenger flights that boost its air traffic despite a complaint from neighbouring Kosovo.

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18 Nov 14

Turks May Help Macedonia Form National Airline

Turkish Airlines has indicated that it is willing to assist Macedonia set up its own national airline, following the demise of Macedonian Airlines several years ago.

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04 Nov 14

Foreign Investors Shy Away From Macedonia

Despite being ranked as the region’s top country for doing business, Foreign Direct Investment, FDI, is down this year in Macedonia compared to the same period in 2013.

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30 Oct 14

Macedonia Registers Record Industrial Output

Macedonian industrial output rose continuously this year, reaching a record rate of growth in September, new data show.

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29 Oct 14

Balkans Do Better in 'Doing Business' Report

Most Balkan states have improved their positions in the World Bank's latest “Doing Business” report - some much more than others.

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28 Oct 14

IMF Mission to Scrutinize Macedonia's Debt

The International Monetary Fund, IMF, has launched a monitoring mission to Macedonia tasked with determining its ability to repay its external debt.

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23 Oct 14

Macedonia ups Tempo on Rail Link to Bulgaria

With work on the first section now in progress, Macedonia has issued a project call for the third and final stretch of its long-awaited rail spur to Bulgaria.

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17 Oct 14

Balkan States Face Crisis if Russia Halts Gas Flow

Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia could face a very cold winter if Russia halts gas exports to the EU, a gas stress test carried out by Brussels says.

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13 Oct 14

Macedonia Opposition Urges Budget Transparency

The opposition called for new measures to boost budget transparency, help ordinary people understand public finances and ensure that Macedonia does not plunge into serious debt.

Politics and Society

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18 Dec 14

Brawl Reported at Macedonian Party Congress

Rivalry between party members has been blamed for a mass punch-up that reportedly erupted at a local congress of the junior ruling party, the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, in Struga.

Culture and Lifestyle

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11 Oct 14

Junkyard Art Holds Message for the Planet

Vlado Kostov’s sculptures, all made from scrap metal, are not just interesting artworks; they tell of the need to save planet Earth.