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22 Jun 17

Macedonia Vows to Tackle Reforms Ahead of Hahn Visit

Macedonia's new leaders are promising to work hard and rapidly on EU-sought reforms, as EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn starts a visit to the country.

21 Jun 17

Russia’s Strategic Plans Failing in Balkans, IISS Says

London-based think tank says Moscow’s bid to establish bloc of four neutral or pro-Moscow Balkan states has experienced major setbacks in Macedonia and Montenegro.

20 Jun 17

Poor Planning Halts Macedonia Highway Projects

Macedonia may have to pay dearly to fix problems with the ongoing construction of two key stretches of motorway funded by a Chinese loan, after work was temporarily halted due to bad planning.

20 Jun 17

Macedonia PM Aims to Heal Breach With Bulgaria

Macedonia's Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev, on Tuesday heads to Bulgaria on a mission to warm up strained relations - and seek Bulgaria's aid in Macedonia's Euro-Atlantic intregration bids.

19 Jun 17

Macedonia Prosecution Faces Deadline to Press Charges

Macedonia's Special Prosecution, SJO, is hurrying to complete over 20 ongoing investigations that would enable charges to be pressed before the June 30 deadline expires.

16 Jun 17

Balkans Remains Key Route for Terrorists, EU Warns

New Europol report warns that the Balkan region remains vulnerable to Islamist terrorism - and remains a well-established route to and from the conflict zones for terrorist fighters.

16 Jun 17

Skopje Hotel Prices Soar Ahead of UEFA Cup

Hotel prices in the Macedonian capital have risen as much as fifteen-fold ahead of the 2017 UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Manchester United.

14 Jun 17

Macedonia FM Receives Warm Welcome in Athens

Settlement of the bilateral 'name' dispute is crucial if Greece is to support Macedonia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations, Athens said on Wednesday, at an introductory meeting between the two Foreign Ministers.

12 Jun 17

Macedonian PM Renews Bids to Join EU, NATO

On a visit to Brussels, Macedonia's new Prime Minister Zoran Zaev promised to revitalise his country’s stalled Euro-Atlantic integration process and expressed hope for an invitation to join NATO.

09 Jun 17

Call to 'Democratise' Macedonia's Former Ruling Party

Demands to reform and ‘democratise’ Macedonia’s former ruling right-wing VMRO-DPMNE party are immediately dismissed by its current leadership.

08 Jun 17

ISIS Threatens Terror Campaign in the Balkans

So-called Islamic State has vowed to decapitate ‘infidels’ and kill Serbs, Croats and Muslim ‘traitors’ in the Balkans in a new threat to the region published in the Bosnian version of the jihadists’ magazine.

07 Jun 17

New Macedonia PM Finds ‘Empty Coffers, Big Debts’

Macedonia's former ruling VMRO DPMNE party accused new Prime Minister Zoran Zaev of lying about finding an almost-spent budget and a big hidden debt when he took office last week.

06 Jun 17

Macedonia Stages Heroes' Welcome for Handball Champions

Macedonians were overwhelmed with joy when male handball team Vardar became European title-winners by defeating Paris Saint-Germain in the nail-biting final of the EHF Champions League.

05 Jun 17

Macedonia Parliament Attack ‘Pre-Planned’: Ministry Report

The April 27 violence in parliament was not spontaneous but a planned attack that was partly carried out with the help of police employees, says a recently-completed report by the Interior Ministry.

05 Jun 17

New Macedonia FM to Visit Greece

New Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov will soon travel to Greece, to develop bilateral relations with its southern neighbor, and in hopes of opening the country's currently blocked Euro-Atlantic path.


21 Jun 17

Stagnant Bosnia Awaits its “Macedonian Moment”

Events in Macedonia have shown that genuine change remains possible in this region – but only if ordinary citizens are prepared to lead the way. 

09 Jun 17

Macedonia Needs People-Serving Governance


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

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