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macedonia-to-purge-discrimination-from-school-textbooks-12-08-2017
11 Dec 17

Macedonia to Purge Textbooks of Offensive Language

Macedonia's new government says it plans to remove hate speech and discriminatory statements from the country's educational textbooks.

prosecution-probes-macedonia-serbia-money-laundering-scheme-12-08-2017
08 Dec 17

Prosecutors Probe Macedonia-Serbia Money-Laundering Claim

Macedonia’s prosecution has launched a probe into allegations that former high-ranking Macedonian officials have used companies in neighbouring Serbia for money-laundering schemes.

hague-tribunal-declares-mission-accomplished--12-07-2017
07 Dec 17

Hague Tribunal Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’

The president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, which closes this month, told the UN Security Council that the court had “forever changed the landscape of international justice”.

macedonia-s-gruevski-announces-resignation-from-party-helm-12-01-2017
01 Dec 17

Gruevski Plans to Quit as Macedonia's VMRO DPMNE Leader

The former Prime Minister and leader of the right-wing VMRO DPMNE party, Nikola Gruevski, said he plans to resign as its leader 'soon'.

serbian-police-arrests-king-of-synthetic-drugs--12-01-2017
01 Dec 17

Serbian Police Arrest Alleged 'Synthetic Drugs King'

Serbian police on Friday arrested Milan Zarubica, dubbed a 'king of synthetic drugs', in a joint police action with police in Macedonia.

macedonia-parliament-violence-probe-may-reveal-masterminds-11-30-2017
01 Dec 17

Macedonia Seeks 'Masterminds' Behind Rampage in Parliament

Further investigations into 36 suspects behind April's assault on parliament may uncover who planned and directed the rampage that left almost 100 people wounded, legal experts say.

macedonia-sjo-resumes-probes-after-deadline-11-29-2017
30 Nov 17

Macedonia Special Prosecution Pledges to Continue Probes

As it awaits a resolution of its status and of ability to press fresh charges, Macedonia’s Special Prosecution, SJO, says it will not abandon the task of probing some 100 possible cases of high-level crime.

macedonia-s-former-ruling-party-protests-against-arrests-11-28-2017
28 Nov 17

Macedonia’s Former Ruling Party Protests Against MPs’ Arrests

Former prime minister and VMRO DPMNE party chief Nikola Gruevski led a protest against the arrests of 36 people, including his own MPs, who are suspected of involvement in violence in parliament in April.

kla-veterans-protest-against-the-sentences-on-kumanovo-case-11-28-2017
28 Nov 17

Kosovo Veterans Protest at Macedonia Shootout Convictions

Kosovo Liberation Army veterans marked Albanian independence day by protesting against the convictions of 33 ethnic Albanians found guilty of involvement in a deadly gun battle with police in Kumanovo, Macedonia.

report-calls-for-permanent-us-military-presence-in-balkans-11-28-2017
28 Nov 17

Report Urges Permanent US Military Presence in Balkans

A permanent US military presence in south-east Europe is necessary to stabilise the region, argues a report by Washington-based think-tank the Atlantic Council, which also warns of increased Russian attempts to exert influence.

macedonia-arrests-former-police-chief-and-mps-for-parliament-rampage-11-28-2017
28 Nov 17

Macedonia Arrests Ex-Police Chief, MPs for Parliament Unrest

Police arrested former police chief Mitko Cavkov and several MPs from the former ruling VMRO DPMNE party over the April 27 violence in Macedonia's parliament, which injured some 100 people.

mosque-restauration-plan-upsets-macedonia-s-lake-town-11-27-2017
28 Nov 17

Tempers Rise in Macedonian Resort Over Tall Minaret

Some of the residents of Ohrid, a Macedonian lakeside resort famous for its ancient churches, are up in arms about a plan to plant a 32 metre-high minaret over a restored mosque.

bulgarian-church-to-examine-macedonian-plea-for-aid-11-27-2017
27 Nov 17

Bulgarian Bishops Agree to Lobby for Macedonian Church

Following the Macedonian Orthodox Church’s plea for help in escaping its isolation, the Bulgarian Church has set up a committee to launch talks with the rest of the Orthodox world.

macedonia-s-secret-police-looses-surveillance-privileges-11-27-2017
27 Nov 17

Macedonia to Trim Secret Police's Eavesdropping Powers

Macedonia’s secret police, UBK, will no longer have unchecked powers to place people under surveillance, under a set of bills that form part of EU-recommended reforms of the security sector.

macedonian-capital-to-remove-divisive-riverside-galleons-11-24-2017
24 Nov 17

Macedonia Mayor Orders Galleons to Sail Into History

New mayor of the capital, Skopje, says time is up for the three old-style fake sailing ships installed in the middle of the Vardar River under the last government.

Premium

europe-s-new-balkan-strategy-gets-dynamics-all-wrong-01-22-2018
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