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29 Jul 16

Latest Check on Macedonia's Electoral Roll Queried

Observers say the latest check-up of Macedonia’s electoral roll - agreed between the political parties ahead of snap polls due this autumn - will not remedy the many inconsistencies in it.

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27 Jul 16

Macedonia Lustration Chief Accuses Court of Sabotage

The head of Macedonia’s lustration commission said the Administrative Court had undermined its work by annulling some of the the commission’s actions.

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26 Jul 16

Macedonia Special Prosecution Probes Skopje Revamp

The Mayor of the Skopje Municipality of Centar, Andrej Zernovski, a known opponent of the government revamp of the city, is to testify on Tuesday before the Special Prosecution - which is investigating possible crimes related to the makeover.

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25 Jul 16

Macedonia Journalists Slate Pre-Election Media Deal

Macedonia's top journalists' association has savaged the recently agreed deal over the media sector, saying it will not ensure balanced reporting during the early general elections.

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20 Jul 16

Macedonia Parties Renew Crisis Deal

Macedonia’s four main political parties have reached a new EU/US-brokered crisis deal on Wednesday in Skopje, but pushed the selection of a date for new elections to the end of August.

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19 Jul 16

Macedonia Shootout Suspects Allege Police Torture

Lawyers for defendants on trial for their alleged involvement in a two-day gun-battle with Macedonian security forces in Kumanovo last May alleged that their clients have been tortured in custody.

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18 Jul 16

Serbia, Macedonia, Boost Controls to Stop Migrants

Serbia is sending a joint military and police force to its border with Bulgaria and Macedonia to help curb migrant flows while Macedonia has tightened security on its southern border with Greece.

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13 Jul 16

Modest Progress Reported at Macedonia Crisis Talks

Fresh EU and US brokered inter-party talks on Tuesday are set to resume on Wednesday following reports that some agreement was reached on key issues.

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11 Jul 16

Nuland Optimistic on Macedonian Crisis Talks

US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said she was encouraged that Macedonia’s warring politicians could soon chart a course towards free elections that would end the country's political crisis.

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08 Jul 16

Macedonia Govt 'Sliding In' Bills to Undermine Reforms

Observers accuse the Macedonian government of trying to slide in key changes to police and media law that effectively undermine the reforms it promised to undertake.

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06 Jul 16

German Envoy to Push for Breakthrough in Macedonia

Observers expect the visiting German special envoy to Macedonia, Johannes Haindl, to put pressure on the government to agree to a fresh deal on the country's crisis.

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05 Jul 16

Child’s Death Sparks Ethnic Row in Macedonia

A brawl in a hospital queue that ended with the death of a child has threatened to stir up new conflict between Albanians and Macedonians in the ethnically-mixed town of Kumanovo.

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05 Jul 16

Political Leaders Approve Balkan Youth Cooperation Office

Political leaders signed an agreement to set up a cross-Balkan youth cooperation office which aims to restore links between young people whose countries were in conflict during the 1990s war.

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05 Jul 16

Paris Summit Boosts Serbia's EU Hopes

The Western Balkans Summit in Paris produced good news for Serbia's accession talks after Commissioner Johannes Hahn said Croatia had agreed not to block the opening of two important chapters.

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04 Jul 16

Brexit Result Overshadows Balkan Summit in Paris

Infrastructure and youth are the states priorities of the Western Balkans Summit in Paris but the high-level meeting, starting on Monday, is likely to be overshadowed by the UK's vote to leave the EU. 

Premium

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28 Jul 16

Court Deals Macedonian Lustration Knockout Blow

The highly controversial process of naming and penalizing former secret police collaborators in Macedonia is ending in farce, as the courts annul its decisions one by one.

27 Jul 16

Peace and Justice Remain Elusive in Macedonia

14 Jul 16

How to Create Ethnic Cohesion in Macedonia

05 Jul 16

Eastern Europe Must Grasp Its UN Moment

16 Jun 16

Macedonia: Central Balkan Nation in Crisis

Business

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21 Jul 16

Macedonia Parties Trade Blame Over Budget Cuts

Albanian opposition parties have lined up to criticize the proposed rebalancing of budget – while the government blames the political crisis, caused by the opposition.

07 Apr 16

Macedonia Crisis Makes Foreign Investors Wary

27 Nov 15

Tirana and Skopje Agree ‘Veggie War’ Deal

Culture and Lifestyle

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31 Dec 15

Ring in the New Year Balkan Style

New Year’s Eve in the Balkans means music, fireworks, food, and more music in city squares under the stars.

19 May 15

Five Balkan Countries Competing in Eurovision