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15 Dec 17

Russia Tweets ‘Solution’ to Macedonia Air Pollution

As Macedonia’s capital Skopje breaks air pollution records, Russia used a US call for ideas to curb the problem to promote its own proposal to build a natural gas pipeline in the Balkans.

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13 Dec 17

Bonuses Scandal Rocks Macedonia’s Electoral Commission

All but one of the members of Macedonia’s State Electoral Commission resigned this week amid a scandal sparked by bonus payments that they awarded themselves for the recent local elections.

kosovo-and-macedonia-agree-on-international-investigation-on-kumanovo-12-12-2017
12 Dec 17

Kosovo, Macedonia Urge International Probe of Kumanovo Shootout

Kosovo and Macedonia’s prime ministers agreed to push for an international investigation into a deadly 2015 shootout with police in Kumanovo, for which 16 Kosovo citizens have been jailed for terrorism.

race-starts-for-new-macedonian-opposition-leader-12-11-2017
12 Dec 17

Race for New Macedonian Opposition Leader Begins

Several high-ranking Macedonian party officials are possible contenders for the empty seat of opposition leader, amid ongoing suspicions that the election will be plagued by fraud.

macedonia-greece-re-boot-name-talks-12-11-2017
11 Dec 17

Macedonia and Greece Reboot 'Name' Talks

After three years of stalemate, Skopje and Athens are rebooting UN-sponsored talks on their dispute over Macedonia's name, which has been holding up the country's Euro-Atlantic integration process.

macedonia-to-purge-discrimination-from-school-textbooks-12-08-2017
11 Dec 17

Macedonia to Purge Textbooks of Offensive Language

Macedonia's new government says it plans to remove hate speech and discriminatory statements from the country's educational textbooks.

prosecution-probes-macedonia-serbia-money-laundering-scheme-12-08-2017
08 Dec 17

Prosecutors Probe Macedonia-Serbia Money-Laundering Claim

Macedonia’s prosecution has launched a probe into allegations that former high-ranking Macedonian officials have used companies in neighbouring Serbia for money-laundering schemes.

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07 Dec 17

Hague Tribunal Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’

The president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, which closes this month, told the UN Security Council that the court had “forever changed the landscape of international justice”.

macedonia-s-gruevski-announces-resignation-from-party-helm-12-01-2017
01 Dec 17

Gruevski Plans to Quit as Macedonia's VMRO DPMNE Leader

The former Prime Minister and leader of the right-wing VMRO DPMNE party, Nikola Gruevski, said he plans to resign as its leader 'soon'.

serbian-police-arrests-king-of-synthetic-drugs--12-01-2017
01 Dec 17

Serbian Police Arrest Alleged 'Synthetic Drugs King'

Serbian police on Friday arrested Milan Zarubica, dubbed a 'king of synthetic drugs', in a joint police action with police in Macedonia.

macedonia-parliament-violence-probe-may-reveal-masterminds-11-30-2017
01 Dec 17

Macedonia Seeks 'Masterminds' Behind Rampage in Parliament

Further investigations into 36 suspects behind April's assault on parliament may uncover who planned and directed the rampage that left almost 100 people wounded, legal experts say.

macedonia-sjo-resumes-probes-after-deadline-11-29-2017
30 Nov 17

Macedonia Special Prosecution Pledges to Continue Probes

As it awaits a resolution of its status and of ability to press fresh charges, Macedonia’s Special Prosecution, SJO, says it will not abandon the task of probing some 100 possible cases of high-level crime.

macedonia-s-former-ruling-party-protests-against-arrests-11-28-2017
28 Nov 17

Macedonia’s Former Ruling Party Protests Against MPs’ Arrests

Former prime minister and VMRO DPMNE party chief Nikola Gruevski led a protest against the arrests of 36 people, including his own MPs, who are suspected of involvement in violence in parliament in April.

kla-veterans-protest-against-the-sentences-on-kumanovo-case-11-28-2017
28 Nov 17

Kosovo Veterans Protest at Macedonia Shootout Convictions

Kosovo Liberation Army veterans marked Albanian independence day by protesting against the convictions of 33 ethnic Albanians found guilty of involvement in a deadly gun battle with police in Kumanovo, Macedonia.

report-calls-for-permanent-us-military-presence-in-balkans-11-28-2017
28 Nov 17

Report Urges Permanent US Military Presence in Balkans

A permanent US military presence in south-east Europe is necessary to stabilise the region, argues a report by Washington-based think-tank the Atlantic Council, which also warns of increased Russian attempts to exert influence.

Premium

rising-balkan-risks-demand-action-home-and-abroad-12-14-2017
14 Dec 17

Rising Balkan Risks Demand Action Home and Abroad

Heightened tensions and potential violence have been predicted for the Balkans in 2018, so people in the region must find the courage to seek solutions themselves, with help from Washington and Brussels.

Business

eu-mulls-lower-roaming-charges-for-balkans-10-18-2017
19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans

The European Commission is considering cutting roaming charges for the Western Balkans, following calls from EU candidate countries to abolish the fees. 

Culture and Lifestyle

balkan-films-to-watch-this-summer-07-31-2017
01 Aug 17

Best Balkan Films to Watch This Summer

From light-hearted comedies to horrors and dramas that reveal the still visible legacy of the wars of the 1990s, Balkan cinematography has something for everyone this summer.

28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

27 Dec 16

Crafty Ideas for Holidays Around the Region