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30 Nov 15

Video Game Spotlights Energy Choices in Balkans

As UN climate talks open in Paris, Balkan environmental NGOs on Monday launched a video game designed to make the regional public aware of the energy choices facing their countries.

26 Nov 15

Special Prosecution to Probe Macedonian PM

Allegations against the Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, will be among the first cases that Macedonia's new Special Prosecutor will investigate.

26 Nov 15

Macedonians Trade Blame Over Deadly Smog

Opposition demanding emergency debate in parliament over the levels of air pollution in towns and cities, which it calls an unacceptable danger to people's health.

26 Nov 15

Balkan States Woo Chinese Investors at Summit

At the '16 + 1' summit, which opened on Tuesday, China is deepening its interest in Southeastern Europe, investing in trade, finance, agriculture and infrastructure projects.

25 Nov 15

UN Chief Hits at Balkan Restrictions on Migrants

The new border restrictions on refugees and migrants imposed by Balkan states violate their human rights, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, warned on Wednesday.

25 Nov 15

Macedonia Probes Claims About ‘Forged' IDs

Macedonia's Interior Ministry says it is investigating allegations of the mass forgery of IDs, presumably intended for voting purposes, as the country gears up for April elections.

24 Nov 15

Macedonia Considers Legalising Medical Marijuana

Macedonian's health ministry says it is seriously listening to expert opinion about the possible legalisation of marijuana for medical purposes after a poll indicated widespread public support.

22 Nov 15

Migrants Protest After Macedonia Shuts Them Out

Hundreds of migrants have been protesting for several days at Macedonia’s southern border with Greece against Skopje’s decision only to allow them to transit the country if they come from war-torn states.

18 Nov 15

Deadline Looms in Macedonia for Media Deal

Macedonian parties have until a Friday deadline to agree on a package of media reforms to ensure balanced reporting during the early elections in April 2016.

17 Nov 15

New Macedonia Party Aims for Left-Wing Revival

A new left-wing party in Macedonia formed by social justice activists says it aims to mobilise disaffected voters who are against Nikola Gruevski’s government but do not trust the current leftist opposition.

16 Nov 15

Balkan Leaders Condemn Xenophobia After Paris Attacks

Political leaders in Serbia and Croatia warned against any xenophobic backlash against refugees, while Macedonia prepared for the possible building of a barbed-wire fence on its border.

11 Nov 15

Macedonia Talks Put Focus on Media Freedom

Freedom of the media ahead of the April early elections is the next hot topic on the agenda of the EU-mediated crisis talks between Macedonia's politicians.

10 Nov 15

Corruption, Justice Top Agenda in Commission Report

The courts, corruption and organized crime remain the EU’s main concerns in the Western Balkans, the Commission’s latest progress report shows.

09 Nov 15

Turkey Opens Macedonian-Language News Service

Turkey's state-run Anadolu press agency opened a Macedonian-language service that will also publish news in Albanian.

09 Nov 15

Macedonia’s New 'Opposition' Ministers to Take Oaths

As Macedonia’s new interim ministers from the ranks of the opposition prepare to swear their oaths this week, BIRN looks at their biographies.


27 Nov 15

Tirana and Skopje Agree ‘Veggie War’ Deal

Albania and Macedonia take steps to resolve fresh produce 'trade war' after Tirana raises the issue at a regional free trade meeting.

Culture and Lifestyle

06 Nov 15

Critical Voices ‘Erased from Macedonian Arts’

Macedonian artists exploring controversial themes disapproved of by the state are being silenced through direct and self-censorship, claim critics.