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30 Jul 15

Macedonia Cancels Tax Rise for Contract Workers

Less than a year after it was introduced, the government is scrapping a much-disputed tax increase for contract workers which sparked protests in the country.

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29 Jul 15

Macedonia MPs Stay Silent on Bugging at Spy HQ

Macedonia’s illegal mass surveillance scandal, which is at the centre of the country’s political crisis, was not discussed when MPs visited the headquarters of the country’s secret police.

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28 Jul 15

US Criticises Balkans over Human Trafficking

All Balkan countries except Macedonia do not meet minimum standards in combatting human trafficking and some fail to punish the perpetrators adequately, the US State Department said.

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28 Jul 15

Macedonia Junior Ruling Party Keeps Silent on Killings

The junior party in the ruling coalition, the Democratic Union for Integration, will not formally discuss two deadly incidents which saw two of its members killed.

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27 Jul 15

Work on Macedonia Crisis Deal Set to Begin

As Macedonia’s warring parties prepared to meet to discuss electoral reforms, Brussels warned the country must act fast to find a way out of its political crisis through dialogue and elections.

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24 Jul 15

Junior Ruling Party Official Killed in Kumanovo

A member of Macedonia's junior ruling ethnic Albanian party, the DUI, was shot dead on Thursday in Kumanovo - scene of a shootout in May between Albanian militants and police.

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24 Jul 15

Skopje Revamp Forges Ahead Despite Heat

As Macedonian authorities warn people against exposure to scorching summer heat, construction workers plough on with the government-funded Skopje 2014 revamp project.

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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.

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22 Jul 15

Macedonia Again Plans to Sell Postal Service

After several failed attempts to sell the state owned postal service in the past, Macedonia is again considering privatization.

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21 Jul 15

Macedonia Opposition Says Govt 'Stalling' Reforms

Action on the deal to resolve the crisis in Macedonia has got off to a bumpy start after the opposition accused the ruling party of pulling out of a meeting on reforms without warning.

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20 Jul 15

Macedonia Deal Means Changes For Key Bodies

State offices seen as crucial for the improvement of democratic standards are soon to undergo personnel changes and win more powers, as the first result of the agreement signed last week.

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16 Jul 15

Macedonia Deputy PM's Attack on Journalist Slated

At a protest held in front of the government, journalists said Vice Prime Minister Vladimir Pesevski should resign after videos appeared showing him pushing away a controversial journalist.

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16 Jul 15

Kosovo Neighbours Pledge to Work Harder on Returnees

Representatives of Kosovo's neighboring countries met in Pristina to coordinate efforts on returning around 20,000 persons displaced from the Kosovo war who are willing to return.

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15 Jul 15

Pro-ISIS Video Calls for Balkan Caliphate

New video published briefly by unknown authors on YouTube calls for the conquest of Serbia, the creation of an Islamic caliphate in the Western Balkans and the destruction of democracy.

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15 Jul 15

Hahn Brokers Deal Ending Crisis in Macedonia

After marathon talks, Macedonian leaders have reached an agreement on the formation of an interim government under a new Prime Minister and early elections to be held on April 24.

Premium

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31 Jul 15

In Pictures: Migrants’ Grim Odyssey Across Macedonia

In the southern town of Gevgelija near the Greek border, growing numbers of exhausted migrants continue their punishing journey north through Macedonia towards Western Europe.

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.