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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.

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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.

greece-grants-extradition-for-macedonia-wiretapping-scandal-suspects-01-05-2018
05 Jan 18

Greece Agrees to Extradite Macedonian Wiretap Suspects

A court in Thessaloniki on Friday granted a Macedonian request for the extradition of two former secret police employees sought in relation to Macedonia's illegal wiretapping affair.

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25 Dec 17

Macedonia Elects Chief Prosecutor After Long Delay

Macedonia’s parliament on Monday finally elected Ljupco Joveski as new chief prosecutor. He faces the challenge of restoring faith in the discredited institution.

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23 Dec 17

Hristijan Mickoski to Lead Macedonia's Frail Opposition

Macedonia’s opposition right-wing VMRO DPMNE party elected Hristijan Mickoski as its new leader on Saturday. He will succeed embattled former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who assumed party leadership in 2003. 

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22 Dec 17

Macedonia Broadcaster Blew Millions on VMRO DPMNE’s History Movies

BIRN research shows how the country’s public broadcaster was used to bring the former ruling party’s historical obsessions to the country’s TV screens.

macedonia-s-opposition-elects-gruevski-s-successor-12-21-2017
22 Dec 17

Macedonia Opposition Party to Elect Gruevski's Successor

Only one candidate, seen as the favourite of the outgoing leader, Nikola Gruevski, is standing in the leadership election for Macedonia’s former ruling VMRO DPMNE party, fuelling complaints about a rigged process.

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21 Dec 17

Hague Tribunal Celebrates Achievements at Closing Ceremony

At its closing event, UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres said the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia had shown the international community’s commitment to holding war criminals accountable.

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20 Dec 17

Leadership Contest Shakes Macedonian Opposition Party

As the race to lead Macedonia’s ousted former ruling party concludes, party members have demanded the postponement of the election due this weekend, suspecting it will be rigged.

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19 Dec 17

Macedonian SJO Includes Ex-Ministers in New Probes

Macedonia's Special Prosecution, SJO, in charge of investigating high-level crime, on Tuesday said it was opening seven new investigations into 17 people, including some former ministers.

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19 Dec 17

New Austria Govt ‘Unlikely to Change Balkans Policy’

While some observers have raised concerns about the future political direction of Austria’s new right-wing government, analysts believe that its foreign policy in the Balkans will not change.

russia-jolts-us-over-macedonia-air-pollution-12-15-2017
15 Dec 17

Russia Tweets ‘Solution’ to Macedonia Air Pollution

As Macedonia’s capital Skopje breaks air pollution records, Russia used a US call for ideas to curb the problem to promote its own proposal to build a natural gas pipeline in the Balkans.

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13 Dec 17

Bonuses Scandal Rocks Macedonia’s Electoral Commission

All but one of the members of Macedonia’s State Electoral Commission resigned this week amid a scandal sparked by bonus payments that they awarded themselves for the recent local elections.

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12 Dec 17

Kosovo, Macedonia Urge International Probe of Kumanovo Shootout

Kosovo and Macedonia’s prime ministers agreed to push for an international investigation into a deadly 2015 shootout with police in Kumanovo, for which 16 Kosovo citizens have been jailed for terrorism.

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12 Dec 17

Race for New Macedonian Opposition Leader Begins

Several high-ranking Macedonian party officials are possible contenders for the empty seat of opposition leader, amid ongoing suspicions that the election will be plagued by fraud.

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22 Jan 18

Europe’s New Balkan Strategy Gets Dynamics All Wrong

The Commission’s new enlargement strategy for the Balkans is ambitious - but fundamentally misreads the serious nature of the challenges to democracy in the region.

17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

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