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28 Mar 17

Macedonian Parliament Stalled by VMRO DPMNE Filibuster

For a second consecutive day, Macedonian MPs discussed the election of a new speaker, as the VMRO DPMNE party attempts to delay proceedings and prevent a new government coming to office.

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28 Mar 17

Verdicts in Macedonia’s Shootout Trial Expected in June

The Skopje court is expected to rule in the ethnically-charged Kumanovo shootout case in June, but lawyers for the 37 Albanian defendants still hope to bring prominent politicians to appear as witnesses.

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27 Mar 17

Macedonia Parliament Reconvenes Amid Crisis

After a three month delay, Macedonia's parliament is set to resume sessions on Monday in an effort to elect a new speaker and unblock the democratic processes amid a deep political rift.

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23 Mar 17

Macedonia Prosecutors Launch Four New Graft Probes

Macedonia's Special Prosecution launched four new investigations into suspected financial crimes, with alleged perpetrators including a former assistant minister and two pro-government news editors.

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22 Mar 17

EU's Hahn Urges Speedy Formation of Macedonia Govt

Macedonia's leaders must respect the outcome of the December 11 elections and facilitate the formation of a new government, visiting EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said Tuesday following his mission in Skopje aimed at resolving the political crisis.

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21 Mar 17

Macedonian President Avoids Meeting EU Commissioner Hahn

Macedonia’s President Gjorge Ivanov will not meet visiting EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who is flying in for a crisis-solving mission in Skopje on Tuesday.

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21 Mar 17

EU's Hahn Makes Crisis-Solving Dash to Macedonia

EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn arrives in Skopje on Tuesday for talks with Macedonia's leaders on resolving the stalemate over the formation of a government - after former PM Gruevski appealed to supporters to stop the 'push to destroy the country'.

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20 Mar 17

Balkan States Look Gloomy on World Happiness Table

The peoples of the Balkans have little to smile about according to a new ranking released in time with UN’s World happiness Day.

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16 Mar 17

Macedonia's Parliament Expected to Resume Sessions

The new parliamentary majority in Macedonia, led by the Social Democrats, SDSM, will file on Thursday or Friday an official request for the recall of the assembly in order to elect a new speaker.

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14 Mar 17

Rise of Yugo-Nostalgia ‘Reflects Contemporary Problems’

The nostalgia for socialist Yugoslavia in some Balkan countries indicates dissatisfaction with present-day conditions, a historian who led research on the issue told BIRN.

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13 Mar 17

Macedonia President Defends Refusal to Offer Mandate

As President Ivanov maintains his refusal to award a mandate to form a new government to the opposition leader, Zoran Zaev, the parties that make up the new majority in parliament have launched talks on electing a new speaker.

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10 Mar 17

Zaev Unveils Platform, Vows to Respect Macedonia's Constitution

The head of Macedonia's opposition Social Democrats, Zoran Zaev, on Friday made a fresh attempt to persuade the President to let him form a government, promising that his new government platform would respect the country's constitution.

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10 Mar 17

Macedonia Court Orders Businessman’s Arrest Over Tender Fix

The Criminal Court in Skopje has ordered the arrest and detention of businessman and media magnate Sead Kocan - an ally of ex-PM Gruevski- on suspicion of falsifying documents to win a big coal extraction tender.

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08 Mar 17

Macedonia Opposition Parties May Assemble Parliament Alone

Parties forming the new majority in Macedonia's parliament have agreed that they may summon parliament to elect a new government - without permission from the President.

macedonia-s-crisis-may-cripple-municipalities-03-07-2017
08 Mar 17

Macedonia's Crisis Could Cripple Local Councils

As well as a non-functioning parliament and a presidential veto on the formation of a new government, Macedonia may also soon be left without mayors and municipal councils.

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23 Mar 17

‘Patriotic’ NGOs Crowd out Macedonian Civil Society

A clutch of new ‘patriotic’ NGOs, whose proclaimed goals are the protection of Macedonia’s integrity and unitary character, is changing the shape of civil society - in line with the ruling party’s wishes.

22 Mar 17

Europe is not Going to Solve Balkan Dramas

21 Mar 17

Fiddling in Sarajevo as Europe Unravels

21 Mar 17

Gruevski’s Party has Left Macedonia in Limbo

Business

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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

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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