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29 Sep 16

Bishops' Meeting Warms Serbia-Macedonia Church Ties

An unusual meeting between Macedonian and the Serbian Orthodox bishops has raised hopes of a thaw in relations between the two estranged churches.

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28 Sep 16

Macedonia Special Prosecution Probes Procurement Scam

Macedonia's Special Prosecution, SJO, launched a new investigation on Wednesday, probing whether four Interior Ministry and counter-intelligence staffers committed grave financial crimes.

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27 Sep 16

Fresh Macedonia Wiretaps Target DUI Party

Macedonia’s junior ruling party demanded an investigation into a leak of wiretapped conversations between its senior members, which some claim may be intended to blackmail the party ahead of December's polls.

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27 Sep 16

War Memorial's Demolition in Macedonia Outrages Bulgaria

Bulgarian politicians and experts have reacted with indignation after a Macedonian journalist smashed a memorial to their wartime dead to smithereens. 

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26 Sep 16

Macedonians Urged to Rally in Defence of Special Prosecution

Activists from the 'Colourful Revolution' movement summoned their supporters to a new protest in Skopje on Monday in defence of the Special Prosecution, SJO - which they say is again under attack.

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23 Sep 16

Ricardo Gutierrez: State of Macedonia Media ‘Worst in Balkans’

The General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists, EFJ, says the outlook for press freedom in Macedonia is depressing, condemning the incarceration of the journalist Zoran Bozinovski.

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22 Sep 16

BIRN Launches Interactive War Crimes Verdict Map

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has launched a unique database of the publicly-available final verdicts delivered in 348 war crimes cases by courts in the former Yugoslavia and by the UN tribunal in The Hague.

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22 Sep 16

Macedonia Ruling Party Still Pressurising Voters, NGOs Say

Ahead of the December 11 snap polls, Macedonia’s ruling party continues to use its old techniques to pressure voters, NGOs observing the election say.

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21 Sep 16

Copyright Battle Takes Macedonian Music Off Air

TV and radio stations have been banned from airing most Macedonian songs because of a dispute over payments between the culture ministry and the Musical Copyright Society of Macedonia.

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20 Sep 16

Macedonia Opposition Considers Forging United Front

Smaller opposition parties expressed interest after the Social Democrats suggested forming a wider opposition bloc to take on embattled Nikola Gruevski's VMRO DPMNE party at December’s elections.

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20 Sep 16

Montenegro Albanians Unite in Elections, Seeking Power

The three main Albanian parties in Montenegro have decided to run together in the October elections in a coalition - which experts say sets a pattern that Albanians in nearby Macedonia would do well to follow.

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19 Sep 16

Macedonia MPs Snub Plea to Improve Witness Protection

Macedonia's parliament looks set to turn a deaf ear to renewed calls by the Special Prosecution, SJO, to change and improve the law on witness protection.

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15 Sep 16

Macedonia Special Prosecution Raises First Indictments

Macedonia's Special Prosecution, SJO, tasked with investigating high-level crime, on Thursday raised its first indictments, in two cases related to last year's wiretap scandal.

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15 Sep 16

Refugees Returned to Greece Sue Macedonia in Strasbourg

Eight refugees from the Middle East are suing Macedonia in the European Court of Human Rights, saying it violated their human rights by forcing them back to Greece.

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15 Sep 16

Macedonia Prosecutor's Report Likely to Lead to Indictments

As Macedonia’s Special Prosecution, SJO, prepares to submit its second half-yearly report on Thursday, experts expect the first indictments against senior officials to be raised very soon.

Premium

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26 Sep 16

Zdravko Saveski - Not Your Usual Macedonian Politician

A joint list of non-party candidates endorsed by all anti-regime forces in Macedonia is the best way to defeat Nikola Gruevski, a prominent voice in the new leftist Levica party says.

13 Sep 16

Eastern Europe Risks Losing UN Top Job Race

Business

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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.

29 Sep 16

World Bank Upbeat About Western Balkans

21 Jul 16

Macedonia Parties Trade Blame Over Budget Cuts

Culture and Lifestyle

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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