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24 May 17

Macedonia President Greeted Warmly in Moscow

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov has hurried to meet President Vladimir Putin in Moscow - after caving into Western pressure to allow the Social Democrats to form a government.

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23 May 17

Balkan Leaders Offer Condolences After Manchester Attack

Balkan leaders have condemned the bombing in Manchester, which left 22 people dead and 59 injured. 

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23 May 17

Video Shows MPs Aiding Macedonia Parliament Assailants

MPs from the former ruling VMRO-DPMNE party opened parliament's main gate, allowing their supporters to enter the building and cause the bloody rampage in the building on April 27, newly released security camera footage shows.

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23 May 17

Zaev Races to Close Deal on Macedonian Cabinet

Macedonia's Prime Minister-designate, Zoran Zaev, is about to launch the final round of talks with his ethnic Albanian coalition partner, which should result in a deal on the ministries in the next government.

macedonia-prosecution-suspects-former-pm-of-money-laundering-05-22-2017
22 May 17

Macedonia Prosecution Names Gruevski in Two New Corruption Probes

Macedonia's Special Prosecution, SJO, said it suspects former Prime Minister and VMRO DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski illegally financed his party through money laundering and was also involved in misuse of his office in relation to a highways contract.

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22 May 17

Politicians Throng Opening of Macedonia's Costly New Philharmonic

The elite of Macedonia's former ruling party attended Sunday's gala opening of the new Macedonian Philharmonic, which has costs almost 40 million euros and forms part of the grand government-sponsored revamp of the capital, 'Skopje 2014'.

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19 May 17

Zaev Mulls his Cabinet Lineup in Macedonia

Macedonia's Prime Minister-designate, Zoran Zaev, is counting on several well-known names from his party as new ministers, although he may invite some civic activists into his cabinet as well, BIRN has been told.

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18 May 17

Besa Refuses to Commit to Joining Macedonia Govt

The ethnic Albanian Besa party has said a decision on joining a new Social-Democrat-led government will follow only once it is sure the new cabinet does not include ministers suspected of corruption.

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17 May 17

Zaev Wins Mandate to Form Macedonia's Next Govt

President Gjorge Ivanov finally offered Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev a mandate to form a new government at a ceremony on Wednesday.

macedonia-may-postpone-local-polls-for-october-05-15-2017
16 May 17

Macedonia MPs Likely to Delay Local Elections

Macedonia's overdue local elections will most probably be delayed until October, and the mandates of current mayors and municipal councils extended until then.

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15 May 17

Macedonia Court Slated for Scrapping Detention Order

The decision of Macedonia's Supreme Court to scrap a detention order placed on a key ally of former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has drawn strong criticism from legal experts.

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15 May 17

Macedonia Nationalists Accuse VMRO DPMNE of Betrayal

Hard-line supporters of the VMRO DPMNE party that ran Macedonia for 11 years say they are outraged that the party has broken its promise not to allow the opposition take power.

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11 May 17

Campaign for Balkan Truth Commission Relaunches

A coalition of NGOs advocating the establishment of the RECOM regional truth commission to establish the facts about the 1990s wars is relaunching its campaign across the Balkans.

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10 May 17

Harsher Charges Urged for Macedonia Parliament Attack

The Macedonian Public Prosecution is trying to downplay the recent violence in parliament by charging the alleged attackers with the mildest possible criminal offences, observers fear.

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04 May 17

Clock Ticks for Macedonia President to Offer Mandate

Macedonia's parliament has informed the President of the new majority, led by the Social Democrats, to which the President has ten days to respond by awarding the mandate for forming a new government.

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09 May 17

Macedonian Violence Boosts Albanian Support for Zaev

The recent rampage in parliament shocked Macedonia’s large Albanian community - and strengthened their conviction that their best hope lies in a new government under Zoran Zaev.

08 May 17

Balkan Rulers Who Just Won’t Say Goodbye

05 May 17

EU Watches Idly As Balkans Slides Into Chaos

20 Apr 17

A Turkish Scenario for the Balkans?

Business

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27 Apr 17

Ivica Todoric: Croatia's Tycoon Who Wanted Too Much

Ivica Todoric, the man who transformed his flower company into one of the Balkans' biggest business empires, Agrokor, now faces the possibility of seeing the debt-ridden firm go under.

22 Feb 17

Macedonia, Croatia Risk Trade War Over Wine

13 Feb 17

Macedonia Pays Dear to Lure Foreign Investors

Culture and Lifestyle

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09 May 17

Balkan Hopefuls Clear Their Throats for Eurovision

Singers from seven Balkan countries are entering the start of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday, hoping to join the lucky ten that compete in Saturday’s final.

28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

27 Dec 16

Crafty Ideas for Holidays Around the Region