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05 May 16

Germany Appoints Special Envoy for Macedonia Crisis

Germany has appointed an experienced diplomat, its current ambassador to Vienna, Johannes Haindl, as its new special envoy for the Macedonian political crisis.

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05 May 16

President Provokes Protests in Macedonian Prisons

Prisoners across Macedonia are launching protests to demand sentence reductions amid anger sparked by President Gjorge Ivanov’s decision to halt criminal investigations against top politicians.

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04 May 16

Thousands Mark Tito’s Death Anniversary in Serbia

Thirty-six years after Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito died, several thousand of his admirers paid tribute to him in Belgrade and remembered what they believe were better times.

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04 May 16

Macedonians Resume ‘Colourful Revolution’ Protests

Anti-government protests in Macedonia - dubbed the ‘Colourful Revolution’ - resumed after an Easter break, while the International Crisis Group warned that the political situation was deteriorating.

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03 May 16

EU Mulls Fresh Macedonia Crisis Talks

After a failed attempt to summon Macedonia's political leaders to talks in Vienna, the EU is preparing a fresh push to settle the escalating Macedonian political crisis.

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29 Apr 16

Kumanovo Detainees Say Macedonia Police Tortured Them

Families of detainees in the 'Kumanovo case' say their menfolk have been routinely tortured in jail awaiting trial for the shootout a year ago in northern Macedonia.

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28 Apr 16

Special Prosecution Witness Death Shocks Macedonia

The unexplained death by gunshot of a Macedonian Special Prosecution witness has sparked debate about whether he was killed - or committed suicide - in relation to a criminal investigation.

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27 Apr 16

Macedonia Albanians to Mark Kumanovo Carnage

One year after the bloody shootout in Kumanovo, ethnic Albanian opposition parties have scheduled a protest on May 9 against the governing VMRO-DPMNE and DUI alliance. 

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27 Apr 16

Balkan Press Liberty Declining, Freedom House Says

Freedom House report says media freedom in the Balkan region is in decline - with the fast decline noted in Serbia and Macedonia.

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27 Apr 16

Macedonia's DUI Queries Sense of June Election

Macedonia's junior ruling party, the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, has questioned the credibility of a June 5 election date, saying polls are pointless without the opposition.

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26 Apr 16

Thirteenth Night of Protests Ends in Macedonia

Thousands of people gathered in Skopje and in other Macedonian towns for the thirteenth consecutive day of anti-government protests dubbed the "Colorful Revolution".

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25 Apr 16

Protesting Macedonians Paint Foreign Ministry

On the twelfth night of anti-government protests, dubbed the "Colorful Revolution", thousands of protestors wearing vibrant clothes threw paint balls on the Foreign Ministry building in the Macedonian capital of Skopje.

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25 Apr 16

Macedonia President Denies Offshore Wealth Claim

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov has denied any financial impropriety after the opposition presented papers linking his relatives to a firm in Panama.

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22 Apr 16

Macedonia Albanians Rally Against Government

Several thousand Albanians added their voices to the chorus of dissent with the current authorities in the divided country.

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21 Apr 16

EU Cancels Macedonia Crisis Talks in Vienna

The European Union has canceled a meeting between Macedonia's political leaders planned for Friday in Vienna aimed at salvaging the crisis deal from last summer.

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04 May 16

Protest Unites Macedonians and Albanians in Tetovo

When Macedonians and Albanians marched side-by-side at an anti-government rally in the ethnically-mixed town of Tetovo, it raised hopes that a common stand against injustice could set the scene for more ethnic unity in the future.

18 Apr 16

Time to Confront Macedonia’s Little Dictator

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07 Apr 16

Macedonia Crisis Makes Foreign Investors Wary

The political crisis in Macedonia is impacting on foreign investment, which has fallen in recent years  – but concerns about transparency have been present for longer.

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