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23 Sep 14

Croatia Joins Balkan Anti-IS Coalition

Alongside the other Balkan states, Croatia has joined the US-led coalition against the Islamic State militants, although its obligations remain unclear.

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22 Sep 14

Macedonia Criticises New US Ambassador

Macedonia is sending a protest note to the United States after the newly-appointed American ambassador to Skopje called Macedonians “Slavs” during a hearing at the US Senate.

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19 Sep 14

Albanians Declare 'Republic' in Macedonia

A small crowd of ethnic Albanians gathered on Thursday in Skope to hear an ex-politician proclaim the 'Republic of Ilirida' - but few Macedonians are taking it that seriously, so far.

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18 Sep 14

Macedonia to Hire More Ethnic Albanian Civil Servants

Macedonia is seeking to recruit more ethnic-minority civil servants in a bid to fulfill the terms of the 2001 peace deal that ended an armed conflict with Albanian rebels.

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17 Sep 14

Hundreds of Balkan Jihadists Have Joined ISIS, CIA Says

The latest CIA report says several hundred jihadists from a number of Balkan countries have joined the extremist group Islamic State in the Middle East.

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16 Sep 14

Spike in Syrian Refugees Crossing Macedonia

Police say they found 500 illegal migrants in the last two weeks alone, trying to cross Macedonia on their way to Western Europe.

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15 Sep 14

Macedonia Opposition Spurns Plan to Clean Electoral Roll

Macedonia's main opposition party has refused to take part in the latest move of the State Electoral Commission, DIK, to clean the electoral roll of fictitious voters, insisting only a proper head count will suffice.

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11 Sep 14

More Macedonians Seek Asylum in Germany

Numbers in the first six months of this year are well up on the figures for 2013, highlighting Germany’s continuing popularity as an asylum destination.

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10 Sep 14

Macedonia Teachers Slate Change to Strike Law

Teachers union says sudden change to the law - allowing schools to replace striking teachers with substitutes - is aimed at undermining a planned strike this month.

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10 Sep 14

Macedonia to Jail Militants as More Die in Syria

Another ethnic Albanian from Macedonia was reported killed in Syria this week, as Skopje stepped up sentences for its citizens caught fighting alongside foreign paramilitary organisations.

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09 Sep 14

Historical Heroes’ Statues Mark Macedonia’s Independence Day

Eight new statues were installed in the capital to mark Macedonian Independence Day, as part of the massive government-sponsored revamp dubbed ‘Skopje 2014’.

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08 Sep 14

Macedonian Collaborator Hunters Eye Secret Serbian Files

Macedonia’s Lustration Commission, which investigates suspected collaborators with the former communist regime, now hopes to gain access to classified Yugoslav files stored in Serbia.

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05 Sep 14

Croatia Hopes to Emulate Macedonia Debt Write-Off

Macedonia says its scheme to get utility companies to write off the poorest customers’ debts has been successful, and ministers in Croatia now want to launch a similar initiative.

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04 Sep 14

Balkan States Expect No Breakthroughs at NATO Summit

Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina expect to be praised for their progress towards NATO but the Western military alliance’s summit in Wales will not see any new members named.

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03 Sep 14

Macedonia Opposition Leader Fined for Slandering PM

The court in Skopje ordered the leader of the Macedonian opposition, Zoran Zaev, to pay 50,000 euro to Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski for falsely accusing him of corruption.

Premium

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23 Sep 14

Skopje Landfill Tender Winner: No Experience, No Investment

The firm charged with modernising one of Europe’s biggest landfills has no experience in the business, has not yet invested in the site and is already offering it up as a destination for Italy’s waste mountain, BIRN has learned.

Business

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17 Sep 14

Macedonia Warms to High-Speed Rail Plan

Macedonia is mulling whether to sign up to a Chinese plan to build a high-speed pan-Balkan railway line, which Serbia revealed last week.

Culture and Lifestyle

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13 May 14

Drag Queen's Eurovision Win Highlights East-West Divide

While LGBT communities and public in Serbia and Croatia criticised the reporting of their national broadcasters on the May 10 victory of transsexual singer Conchita Wurst at the Eurovision, this year’s voting has highlighted differing attitudes towards LGBT people in Western and Eastern Europe.