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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.

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02 Oct 14

Macedonia's Foreign Debt Hits New Peak

Macedonia's foreign debt has continued to rise this year to a record 71.6 per cent of GDP, the latest central bank data reveal.

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29 Sep 14

Balkan States to Cut Mobile Roaming Charges

Following the EU's example, regulators in four Balkan countries have finally agreed to reduce mobile phone roaming charges, which are much higher than in western Europe.

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17 Sep 14

Macedonia Warms to High-Speed Rail Plan

Macedonia is mulling whether to sign up to a Chinese plan to build a high-speed pan-Balkan railway line, which Serbia revealed last week.

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03 Sep 14

Balkan Economic Competitiveness Makes Uneven Progress

The latest World Economic Forum report on global competitiveness ranks Bulgaria as the best in the Balkans and Albania as the worst, just behind Serbia.

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01 Sep 14

Sky-High Roaming Charges to Go in Balkans

Regulatory agencies in the Balkans have finally agreed to phase out mobile phone roaming charges, which are much higher than those in Western Europe.

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28 Aug 14

Balkan Leaders in Berlin Pledge to Work Together

Balkan economy and finance ministers meeting in Berlin have agreed that their countries must jointly resolve economic issues that trouble the region.

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07 Aug 14

Rise in Exports Heartens Macedonia

The value of Macedonian exports rose robustly in the first half of 2014 - although the foreign trade gap keeps widening.

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23 Jul 14

Private Sector Eyes Role in Macedonian Freight

A new bill - which will allow domestic firms to pay for and organize the transport of their goods on the railway network - is causing alarm inside the state railway company, which fears for the loss of its monopoly.

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21 Jul 14

€500 Million Loan Raises Queries in Macedonia

Newly revealed plans to raise a record €500 million through a Eurobond have caused divisions in Macedonia, with many querying official explanations for the loan.

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18 Jul 14

Macedonia Plans to Set up Tax Haven

Government plans to establish a tax haven that will encourage wealthy corporations to move their operations to Macedonia have won a mixed response.

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16 Jul 14

Budget Flights Boost Air Traffic in Macedonia

Air traffic has grown exponentially in Macedonia since the arrival of low-cost, or budget, airlines, which the government has stimulated via targeted subsisidies.

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15 Jul 14

Macedonian Capital Steps Closer to Gasification

If the tendering procedure goes according to plan, consumers in Skopje may be be able to to start using natural gas for energy within two or three years.

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14 Sep 12

Secret Contracts Hide Cost of Skopje Makeover

With many construction contracts for the revamp of the Macedonian capital still secret - and annexes added to them all the time - the total sum being spent on Skopje 2014 remains a mystery.

Politics and Society

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22 Oct 14

Macedonia Dismisses NGO Claims About Cost of Dam

Macedonia's Finance Minister has dismissed ecologists' claims that Macedonia may have to pay much more than it originally planned for a hydro power plant set in a natural park.

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.