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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.

balkan-telecom-regulators-to-scrap-roaming-charges
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.

macedonia-s-500-million-loan-blamed-on-budget-deficit
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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25 Jun 14

Macedonia Buys New Trains from China

Macedonia's antiquated rolling stock is to be modernized after it signed a deal for the purchase of six new passenger trains from China at a cost of 25 million euro.

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18 Jun 14

Macedonia Eyes Buying Share of Greek Port

Despite tough tendering conditions, Macedonian companies remain optimistic that if they join hands they can get hold of all-important shares in the Greek port of Thessaloniki.

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17 Jun 14

PayPal to Boost Internet Trade in Macedonia, Montenegro

One of the most popular online money transfer and payment services is finally available in Macedonia and Montenegro, where online shopping leaves much room for improvement.

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16 Jun 14

Construction Powers Strong Growth in Macedonia

Macedonia’s economy grew by 3.9 per cent in the first quarter of this year, the State Statistical Office has announced, matching optimistic official predictions.

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12 Jun 14

Macedonia Names and Shames Worst Debtors

Public enterprises are among the biggest debtors in Macedonia, according to the latest 'shame list' of debtors released by the Public Revenue Office.

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10 Jun 14

Macedonia Shrugs Over Halt to South Stream Pipeline

The halt to construction of the Russian-led South Stream gas pipeline poses no immediate threat to Macedonia’s gas supply, experts say.

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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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15 Sep 14

Macedonia Opposition Spurns Plan to Clean Electoral Roll

Macedonia's main opposition party has refused to take part in the latest move of the State Electoral Commission, DIK, to clean the electoral roll of fictitious voters, insisting only a proper head count will suffice.

Culture and Lifestyle

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13 May 14

Drag Queen's Eurovision Win Highlights East-West Divide

While LGBT communities and public in Serbia and Croatia criticised the reporting of their national broadcasters on the May 10 victory of transsexual singer Conchita Wurst at the Eurovision, this year’s voting has highlighted differing attitudes towards LGBT people in Western and Eastern Europe.