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fear-of-tensions-over-new-govt-grips-macedonia-02-24-2017
24 Feb 17

VMRO-DPMNE Predicts 'Tension' if Opposition Runs Macedonia

Former governing VMRO DPMNE party warns of 'tension' in Macedonia if the opposition Social Democrats form a new administration in alliance with ethnic Albanian parties.

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23 Feb 17

Macedonia Opposition Looks Closer to Forming Govt

Macedonia's Social Democrats look closer to forming a government after the key ethnic Albanian party hinted that it would reveal its decision on whether to support it by Friday.

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22 Feb 17

Demoted Macedonia Judges Blame Purge on Politics

The sudden reassignment of a number of reputable judges from Skopje's Criminal Court is a politically motivated blow directed at the Special Prosecution, judges and legal experts say.

amnesty-report-raps-balkans-countries-for-rights-abuses-02-22-2017
22 Feb 17

Amnesty Report Raps Balkans Countries for Rights Abuses

Amnesty International's new global report takes Balkan countries to task mainly for disrespecting the rights of minorities, migrants and journalists.

macedonia-croatia-risk-trade-war-over-wine-02-21-2017
22 Feb 17

Macedonia, Croatia Risk Trade War Over Wine

Skopje may make it harder to import Croatian products if Zagreb continues imposing additional non-tariff restrictions on Macedonian wine and delaying imports with lengthy inspections.

macedonia-s-albanians-bicker-over-overseeing-joint-platform-02-20-2017
21 Feb 17

Macedonia Albanians Squabble Over Joint Platform

The 'joint platform' of Macedonian Albanians - which is a prerequisite for any of them joining a new government - risks coming apart as the signatory parties argue over its terms.

macedonia-govt-talks-stuck-on-albanian-language-use-02-20-2017
20 Feb 17

Macedonia Govt Talks Stuck Over Albanian Language Demands

Talks on forming a new government in Macedonia remain stuck over the issue of Albanian language demands - but both parties involved are keeping the contents of their discussions a secret.

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17 Feb 17

Threats Target Macedonia Opposition Talks to Form Govt

An outbreak of threatening nationalist rhetoric raised concerns as Macedonia’s main opposition party continued its talks with ethnic Albanian parties over a possible deal to form a new government.

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14 Feb 17

Balkan Cities Top European Air Pollution Chart

World Health Organisation data analysed by the Guardian newspaper showed that six of the ten most polluted cities in Europe excluding Turkey are in the Balkans - with a Macedonian town in the top spot.

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14 Feb 17

Another Snap Poll Won't Solve Macedonia's Crisis: Survey

If fresh elections were held immediately, Macedonia's ruling and opposition parties would again end up with almost-tied results, leaving the political crisis unresolved, an opinion survey suggested.

documentary-poster-causes-political-stir-in-macedonia-02-13-2017
14 Feb 17

‘Assassin’ Poster Causes Political Stir in Macedonia

A provocative poster for a TV documentary about an Ottoman-era revolutionary assassin has forced Macedonia’s ruling conservative party to deny that it is promoting violence against its opponents.

donations-inquiry-upsets-macedonia-s-ruling-party-02-09-2017
10 Feb 17

Probe Into Donors Angers Macedonia's Ruling Party

VMRO DPMNE has accused the Special Prosecution of 'political discrimination' after it began summoning party donors as part of an inquiry - reportedly into the party's finances.

soros-foundation-rebuffs-balkan-governments-attacks-02-09-2017
10 Feb 17

Soros Foundation Blames Attacks on 'Illiberal Governments'

As campaigns targeting NGOs linked to US philanthropist George Soros continue in the Balkans, Laura Silber - of Open Society Foundations - said illiberal governments were trying to divert the public from the real issues.

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08 Feb 17

US Congressman Slammed for Proposing New Balkan Borders

Politicians in the Balkans condemned Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher for suggesting that Serbia and Kosovo swap territory and for claiming that Macedonia is not a state.

eu-commissioner-to-inspect-macedonia-s-govt-talks-02-07-2017
08 Feb 17

Hahn to Check Macedonia's Progress on Forming Govt

During his visit to Macedonia, EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn aims to check on the parties' progress in forming a new government - not suggest what parties it should include.

Premium

is-feudal-ex-yugoslavia-incapable-of-reform--02-20-2017
21 Feb 17

Is Feudal Ex-Yugoslavia Incapable of Reform?

Western Balkan societies remain mired in squalor and resentment because we have not had the courage to demand anything better or confront our feudal, predatory elites.

13 Feb 17

More Work for the Balkan Map Makers?

13 Feb 17

Macedonia Pays Dear to Lure Foreign Investors

08 Feb 17

Russia Never Went Away from the Balkans

02 Feb 17

Balkan Jihadi Warriors Remain Safe on the Net

Business

macedonia-croatia-risk-trade-war-over-wine-02-21-2017
22 Feb 17

Macedonia, Croatia Risk Trade War Over Wine

Skopje may make it harder to import Croatian products if Zagreb continues imposing additional non-tariff restrictions on Macedonian wine and delaying imports with lengthy inspections.

13 Feb 17

Macedonia Pays Dear to Lure Foreign Investors

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