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24 May 16

Greece Starts Clearing Idomeni Refugee Camp

Greece has launched an operation to close the Idomeni refugee camp at its border with Macedonia, where thousands of people have been stranded for months, unable to journey further north.

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24 May 16

Macedonia Awaits Talks on New Interim Govt

Macedonian parties and mediators are mulling the formation of a new interim government that would assume the task of stalled reforms and early elections - but talks have yet to begin.

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23 May 16

Albanian Statue Mystery Sparks Row in Macedonia

Long-promised monuments to prominent Albanians were unexpectedly erected after dark in the Macedonian capital Skopje at the weekend, causing a spat between municipalities.

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19 May 16

US Urges Macedonia to Scrap President's Pardons

Only the full, immediate revocation of the presidential pardon of politicians can help resolve Macedonia's political crisis, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hoyt Yee told leaders.

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18 May 16

Macedonia MPs Vote to Delay June 5 Elections

After the Constitutional Court ruled that the dissolution of parliament ahead of the polls was unconstitutional, MPs have re-convened and voted to delay the hugely controversial election.

macedonia-crisis-focuses-on-constitutional-court-05-17-2016
17 May 16

Macedonia Court to Mull Election Postponement

Macedonia’s Constitutional Court is to discuss the legality of dissolving parliament for the June 5 elections, which three leading parties have vowed to boycott after the government failed to deliver democratic reforms.

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17 May 16

Macedonia Ruling Party Defends Solo Election

Macedonia's main ruling party is pressing on with June 5 elections - even though most other political players will not take part and although the EU has warned that it will not recognize polls with just one participant.

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12 May 16

German Envoy to Put Demands to Macedonia Leaders

The new German special envoy for Macedonia, Johannes Haindl, who arrives in Skopje on Thursday, is expected to present several key demands to Macedonian politicians as part of the push for a breakthrough.

macedonia-mull-ways-to-annul-presidential-pardoning-05-11-2016
12 May 16

Macedonia Mulls Ways to Scrap President's Pardon

Experts say there are at least three ways to retract the Presidential pardon of politicians - which has deepened Macedonia’s political crisis - after both the EU and US said this was the key to restoring normality.

low-key-crisis-talks-resume-in-macedonia-05-10-2016
11 May 16

US, EU Diplomats Restart Macedonia Crisis Talks

EU and US diplomats in Macedonia have launched low-key consultations with Macedonian leaders ahead of the arrival of a special German envoy for Macedonia, Johannes Haindl.

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10 May 16

Balkan Offshore Businesses Named in Panama Database

Scores of people from the Balkans including tycoons, an ex-ambassador, politicians, a banker and some convicted fraudsters appear in a newly-released database of users of offshore tax havens.

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10 May 16

Albanian Opposition Takes to the Streets in Macedonia

More than 20,000 demonstrated against the Gruevski-Ahmeti alliance in Skopje, calling for a special, unbiased court in Macedonia, but warning tensions could escalate if protestor’s concerns weren’t met.

albanian-new-opposition-is-going-to-march-as-unified-in-skopje-05-06-2016
09 May 16

New Albanian Alliance to March in Macedonia

An alliance that opposes traditional Albanian parties’ links with the Macedonian government is to march in Skopje to mark the first anniversary of deadly clashes in the town of Kumanovo.

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06 May 16

Macedonians Mark Anniversary of Fatal Police Beating

Macedonian anti-government protestors marked the fifth anniversary of the brutal murder of a young man by a police officer which they claim the authorities tried to cover up.

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05 May 16

Germany Appoints Special Envoy for Macedonia Crisis

Germany has appointed an experienced diplomat, its current ambassador to Vienna, Johannes Haindl, as its new special envoy for the Macedonian political crisis.

Premium

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24 May 16

Macedonians Abroad Support Protests Back Home

Members of Macedonia’s large diaspora are showing their sympathy for the Protestiram movement at home.

23 May 16

Macedonia Deputy PM Kept Cypriot Firm Secret

Business

macedonia-crisis-makes-foreign-investors-wary-04-06-2016
07 Apr 16

Macedonia Crisis Makes Foreign Investors Wary

The political crisis in Macedonia is impacting on foreign investment, which has fallen in recent years  – but concerns about transparency have been present for longer.

27 Nov 15

Tirana and Skopje Agree ‘Veggie War’ Deal

Culture and Lifestyle

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31 Dec 15

Ring in the New Year Balkan Style

New Year’s Eve in the Balkans means music, fireworks, food, and more music in city squares under the stars.

19 May 15

Five Balkan Countries Competing in Eurovision