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28 Aug 15

Macedonians Haggle Over New Special Prosecutor

Having failed to agree on a candidate so far, parties in Macedonia are to resume talks at the weekend on the appointment of new special prosecutor to deal with the illegal surveillance claims.

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27 Aug 15

Merkel: Summit Has Shown EU's Commitment To Balkans

Austrian and German leaders hail Vienna summit as proof of the EU's commitment to the region, announce support for infrastucture projects and pledge solidarity over refugee crisis.

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27 Aug 15

Civil Activists Seek Expanded Role in Balkans' Future

Civil sector groups from six Western Balkans countres urged their political leaders to secure freedom of expression and media independence, also calling for more of a role in their countries' EU integration processes.

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27 Aug 15

Balkan Summit Urged to Tackle Bilateral Disputes

Western Balkan countries must step up their efforts to resolve bilateral disputes with EU help, civil society groups on Thursday told the Western Balkans Summit in Vienna.

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27 Aug 15

Macedonia Scraps Lustration, Keeps Sanctions Against ‘Spies’

Macedonia plans to keep sanctioning people deemed to be former Communist secret police collaborators even after scrapping its much-criticised Lustration Law next year.

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26 Aug 15

EU Stumps up Aid for Refugees in Balkans

Ahead of the Western Balkan summit in Vienna, which will be overshadowed by the refugee crisis, the European Commision has offered another 1.5 million euro in humanitarian aid.

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26 Aug 15

Refugee Crisis to Overshadow Balkan Summit

The refugee crisis is expected to dominate the Vienna summit of Western Balkan leaders on Thursday that will be attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country expects to take in a record 800,000 migrants this year.

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25 Aug 15

Macedonia, Serbia Expect New Refugee Wave

A new wave of about 2,000 refugees is shortly expected to reach Presevo, in southern Serbia, on the border with Macedonia, the local Red Cross said.

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24 Aug 15

Austria Urges EU Help in Balkan Migrant Crisis

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said western Balkan countries need urgent assistance in dealing with the huge influx of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa.

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24 Aug 15

Macedonia PM’s ‘Bonus MPs’ Plan Rejected

As talks on electoral reforms between Macedonia’s warring political parties continue without breakthrough, a proposal to grant a poll-winning party extra MPs to ensure stable governance was rejected.

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24 Aug 15

Serbia Sets up Refugee Camp Near Macedonian Border

The Serbian authorities set up another temporary camp near the country's border with Macedonia following a large influx of Middle Eastern refugees over the weekend.

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24 Aug 15

Migrants Resume Passage Through Macedonia

The passage of migrants through Macedonia and into Serbia has resumed after clashes at the country’s southern border when hundreds broke through police lines to enter the country.

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22 Aug 15

Hundreds Break Through Police Line Into Macedonia

Hundreds of migrants and refugees ran through police lines at the southern border to enter Macedonia.

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22 Aug 15

In Pictures: Migrants and Refugees in Macedonia

Two trains with about 1000 refugees and migrants left Macedonia's southern border on Saturday. 

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21 Aug 15

Macedonia Police Clash With Refugees on Border

Macedonian police on Friday fired stun grenades at refugees trying to enter the country, a day after declaring a crisis situation on the border - after which clashes later took place.

Business

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23 Jul 15

Macedonia Govt Proposes Biggest Ever Budget

With opposition MPs still absent, the government has proposed a budget rebalance which will result in Macedonia's biggest ever national budget in 25 years of independence.

Culture and Lifestyle

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29 Jun 15

Enthusiasts Keep Alternative Arts in Macedonia Alive

With little money or state support, the fuel of the independent arts scene in Macedonia comes from enthusiast who connect up artists, the community and local businesses over their mutual goal –  presenting an alternative to the cultural mainstream.