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19 Jan 17

Macedonia Prosecution Drops Charges Against Zaev

Macedonia's main parties have given contrasting reactions to the decision of the SJO to drop all charges against the leader of the opposition Social Democrats, SDSM, Zoran Zaev.

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18 Jan 17

New 'Stop Soros' Movement Unveiled in Macedonia

Supporters of a new movement in Macedonia, SOS, have vowed to start 'de-Soros-ising' Macedonia, a process that the main ruling VMRO DPMNE party has increasingly underlined as a priority.

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17 Jan 17

Macedonian Secret Police ‘Obstructing Eavesdropping Trial’

At the trial of seven secret police employees charged with destroying documents to hide their involvement in large-scale illegal wiretapping, the Special Prosecution alleged the secret police were obstructing proceedings.

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11 Jan 17

Macedonian Albanian Party Mulls New Coalition With Gruevski

The leader of the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, said his party has yet to decide whether to help Nikola Gruevski’s VMRO DPMNE party form a new government.

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09 Jan 17

Gruevski Invited to Form Macedonian Govt

VMRO DPMNE party leader Nikola Gruevski has 20 days starting Monday to try to form a new government after the country's President offered him a mandate.

macedonia-s-harangue-against-ngos-has-selective-memory-01-05-2017
09 Jan 17

'Harangues' Against Macedonian NGOs Reveal Gruevski's Short Memory

In his verbal attacks on civil society groups in Macedonia, the leader of the ruling VMRO DPMNE party, Nikola Gruevski, has failed to mention that many of his closest associates and supporters were once affiliated to or senior members of the same NGOs, some media say.

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08 Jan 17

Albanian Parties Set Terms For Macedonia's Next Govt

Albanian parties in Macedonia on Saturday agreed their key conditions for participation in a future coalition government - in a move hailed by neighbouring Albania as 'historic'.

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06 Jan 17

Macedonia Parties Trade Blame Over Deadly Smog

Ruling and opposition parties in Macedonia have exchanged accusations over who is to blame for the alarming levels of air pollution each winter in the country's urban centres.

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05 Jan 17

Race to Run Govt Heats up in Macedonia

As the deadline for the formation of new government after December's election draws near, both the ruling and opposition parties have reiterated their determination to lead it.

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30 Dec 16

Macedonian Albanian Leaders Plot Joint Strategy in Tirana

Heads of three of the four parties representing Macedonia's large ethnic Albanian community met in Tirana and expressed the need to seize the moment in Macedonia and agree on demands.

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26 Dec 16

Macedonia Poll Re-run Fails to Resolve Power Battle

Sunday's election re-run in the village of Tearce has not changed the final results in Macedonia's election as the verbal battle continues between the ruling and opposition party about who will form the next government.

macedonia-heads-for-election-re-run-amid-near-tie-results-12-23-2016
25 Dec 16

Macedonia Holds Election Re-Run

Macedonia carries out a re-run of the December 11 general election at a single polling station,  in the village of Tearce, which could potentially change the result.

macedonia-s-sopot-case-stuck-in-courts-for-13-years-12-22-2016
23 Dec 16

Macedonia NATO Killings Case Unresolved After 13 Years

Defendants in the politically-charged Sopot case, in which ethnic Albanian villagers are accused of planting a mine that killed NATO soldiers in 2003, are hoping a new investigation will establish their innocence.

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23 Dec 16

Menduh Thaci Quits as Macedonia Party Chief

The longstanding head of the opposition Democratic Party Of Albanians, DPA, Menduh Thaci, has resigned as pary chief following dismal results in the December 11 election.

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23 Dec 16

Macedonia Albanians Mull Joint Platform for Govt

Albanian political parties in Macedonia are mulling formation of a joint platform on key issues for the Albanian community as a precondition for participation in a new government.

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23 Jan 17

‘Red Lines’ Complicate Macedonia’s Government Talks

The preconditions set by the ethnic Albanian parties on language rights and other issues will make the work of forming a new coalition government in Macedonia especially complex.

20 Jan 17

Birth of Trump Era Divides Balkan Countries

20 Jan 17

Balkan States Eye Their Prospects in Trump Era

16 Jan 17

Multi-ethnic States Have Failed in the Balkans

04 Jan 17

Hague Tribunal Prepares for Shutdown in 2017

Business

investment-in-macedonia-falls-short-of-govt-hype-01-23-2017
23 Jan 17

Investment in Macedonia Falls Short of Govt Hype

BIRN database shows foreign firms invested only a small fraction of money in Macedonian that officials said was in the pipeline.

29 Sep 16

World Bank Upbeat About Western Balkans

Culture and Lifestyle

balkans-celebrates-nye-with-spectacular-firework-shows-12-30-2016
02 Jan 17

Balkans Celebrates NYE with Spectacular Firework Shows

Cities across the Balkans rang in the New Year with grand firework displays and family friendly music concerts, welcoming 2017 in style.

28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

27 Dec 16

Crafty Ideas for Holidays Around the Region

24 Aug 16

Secrets of Macedonia’s Colourful South