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greek-rightists-protest-against-macedonia-name-deal-01-21-2018
21 Jan 18

Greek Rightists Protest Against Macedonia ‘Name’ Deal

Tens of thousands of people on Sunday rallied in northern Greece's biggest city, Thessaloniki, against a ‘name’ compromise with neighboring Macedonia which they say would hurt their national interests.

kosovo-shows-highest-support-for-us-leadership-in-europe-poll-01-18-2018
18 Jan 18

Kosovo Leads World in Cheering for Trump, Poll Shows

While support for US leadership has slumped in most parts of the world, the latest Gallup poll shows that Kosovars and Albanians remain America's most steadfast fans.

bulgarian-mps-greenlight-friendship-treaty-with-macedonia-01-18-2018
18 Jan 18

Bulgaria MPs Approve Friendship Treaty With Macedonia

Bulgaria's parliament voted in favour of the ratification of a landmark friendship treaty with neighbouring Macedonia on Thursday.

un-envoy-hopeful-on-macedonia-name-agreement-01-17-2018
18 Jan 18

UN Envoy Hopeful on Macedonia ‘Name’ Agreement

Following fresh talks between Macedonia and Greece in New York on Wednesday, UN mediator Matthew Nimetz said he was 'hopeful' that a solution to the 27-year-long dispute is in reach.

macedonia-president-vetoes-language-law-01-17-2018
17 Jan 18

Macedonia President Vetoes Language Law

Macedonia’s President Gjorge Ivanov on Wednesday vetoed a new government-backed law that extends the official use of Albanian across the country.

macedonia-eases-pressure-on-jails-01-16-2018
16 Jan 18

Macedonia Eases Pressure on Jails

Some 670 convicts are soon to be released from Macedonian prisons as the parliament passed a government-proposed amnesty law aimed at easing overcrowding in the nation's penitentiary system.

freedom-house-report-highlights-western-balkans-democracy-crisis-01-15-2018
16 Jan 18

Freedom House Report Notes Serbia's Downward Trend

A new report from the US rights watchdog says lack of media freedom, corruption, and weak institutions remain issues throughout the Balkans – but singles out Serbia's growing authoritarianism as a matter of concern.

macedonia-approves-landmark-friendship-treaty-with-bulgaria-01-15-2018
15 Jan 18

Macedonia Approves Landmark Friendship Treaty with Bulgaria

After several delays, Macedonia’s parliament on Monday approved a historic friendship agreement with neighbouring Bulgaria.

vevcani-carnival-brings-humour-to-macedonian-streets-01-15-2018
15 Jan 18

Vevcani Carnival Brings Humour to Macedonian Streets

One of the most famous village festivals held in the Balkans, the Vevcani carnival, took place this weekend in the western Macedonian village of Vevcani.

religion-remains-powerful-in-balkans-survey-shows-01-15-2018
15 Jan 18

Religion Remains Powerful in Balkans, Survey Shows

People in the Balkans remain far more religious than those in Central and Western Europe, a survey suggests.

opposition-mounts-against-macedonia-s-language-law-01-12-2018
12 Jan 18

Macedonia President Urged to Veto Language Law

Opponents of the new law that extends the official use of Albanian across Macedonia have called on the country's president to try to block it.

macedonia-s-opposition-struggles-to-consolidate-mp-ranks-01-11-2018
12 Jan 18

Macedonia Opposition Chief Struggles to Unite Party

Faced with internal discord, and with some partner parties leaving the opposition alliance, Macedonia’s new opposition leader, Hristijan Mickoski, is having hard time getting his MPs behind him.

macedonia-passes-albanian-language-law-01-11-2018
11 Jan 18

Macedonia Passes Albanian Language Law

Macedonian MPs on Thursday adopted an eagerly anticipated law that extends the official use of the Albanian language across the country.

macedonia-hires-drones-to-fight-pollution-01-10-2018
10 Jan 18

Macedonia Hires Drones to Spot Worst Polluters

As Macedonian cities endure another smoggy winter, environmental inspectors say they intend to get help from flying drones, which will search urban areas for secretive polluters.

rightists-mobilize-against-macedonia-name-talks-01-05-2018
08 Jan 18

Macedonian, Greek Nationalists Mobilize Against 'Name' Deal

As optimism grows about a rapid solution to Macedonia's dispute with Greece over its name, nationalists on both sides of the border are rallying against a possible compromise solution.

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how-rich-are-the-balkans-top-politicians--01-16-2018
17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

Senior politicians in the region may earn far more than the average citizen – but the biggest earners are rarely those occupying the highest state posts. 

26 Dec 17

Balkans in 2017: Two Cheers for the Economy

Business

china-s-stealthy-advance-in-balkans-should-worry-eu-01-11-2018
11 Jan 18

China’s Stealthy Advance in Balkans Should Worry EU

While Europe focuses on the threat of Russian penetration in Eastern Europe, it is neglecting the subtler dangers than come from China’s growing influence in the region.

19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans

Culture and Lifestyle

vevcani-carnival-brings-humour-to-macedonian-streets-01-15-2018
15 Jan 18

Vevcani Carnival Brings Humour to Macedonian Streets

One of the most famous village festivals held in the Balkans, the Vevcani carnival, took place this weekend in the western Macedonian village of Vevcani.

05 Jan 18

Macedonian Comedy Film Finds Secret to Success

01 Jan 18

Gallery: New Year’s Eve, the Balkan Way

27 Dec 17

Balkan Cities to Party Their Way Into 2018

01 Aug 17

Best Balkan Films to Watch This Summer