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03 Jul 07

Slovenia Acts on EU Presidency's Behalf in Macedonia

Skopje_ Macedonia is pleased that from July 1, Slovenia will assume the role of the EU presidency in Macedonia on behalf of Portugal, the new holder of the rotating presidency.
02 Jul 07

Macedonia Woos Italian Investors

Skopje_ A Macedonian government delegation led by the Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, left for Italy on Monday for a three-day tour to promote business opportunities.
28 Jun 07

NATO Forum in Macedonia Focuses on Kosovo

Skopje_ A high-level security meeting of NATO member states and cooperating countries addressed Kosovo and its potential independence from Serbia on Friday.
27 Jun 07

Macedonia to Host High-Profile NATO Forum

Skopje_ Macedonia has increased security measures ahead of a high-level NATO gathering set to start on Thursday in the lake town of Ohrid.
26 Jun 07

Albanian Leader in Macedonia Steps Down

Skopje_ The vice-president of the Democratic Party of Albanians, DPA, Menduh Thaci, will be the only candidate at a party congress electing a new leader after Arben Xhaferi steps down, the party spokesman, Ruzdi Matoshi, said on Tuesday.
26 Jun 07

Europe Offers Dialogue on Visa-free Regime with Balkans

Brussels_ Franco Frattini, Vice President of the European Commission for Justice, Freedom and Security, said on Tuesday Balkan states could soon expect easier visas to the Europe Union or a visa-free regime.
22 Jun 07

Macedonian Deputies to Debate CIA Rendition Case

Skopje_ Macedonian members of parliament will again discuss the “extraordinary rendition” of a German man who was seized by the CIA when visiting the country in 2003.
22 Jun 07

EU Wants More Talks on Kosovo

Brussels_ EU states agreed to postpone a final decision on Kosovo’s independence, and said talks on the unresolved status of the province should continue.
21 Jun 07

Macedonia: Opposition Disputes Record GDP Growth

Skopje_ The main opposition party, the Social Democrats, SDSM, said Thursday that the Macedonian prime minister's announcement of a record growth of 7 per cent to the country's gross domestic product, GDP, is a manipulation and a lie.
20 Jun 07

New UN Draft Resolution to Postpone Decision on Independence

New York, Brussels _ The latest US and EU sponsored draft resolution presented to members of the UN Security Council on Wednesday will postpone a decision on Kosovo`s final status for up to four months, diplomatic sources told Balkan Insight.
19 Jun 07

Macedonian Parliament Votes for NATO Declaration

Skopje_ Parliamentary deputies on Tuesday unanimously voted in favour of a “Declaration for seeking support for NATO membership”, which will be sent to the US and to the parliaments of all NATO member countries.
18 Jun 07

Macedonian Journalists Demand Higher Damages in Tapping Case

Skopje_ After winning a wiretapping case against the Macedonian government last week, the journalists intend to appeal for higher damages, their lawyer, Dimitar Dangov, told Balkan Insight on Monday.
15 Jun 07

Macedonian PM Pleads for Solution in Face of FIFA Exclusion

Skopje_ Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski issued a last-minute plea Friday for quarreling factions within the Macedonian football federation to agree on a president and save the national teams from exclusion by the sport’s worldwide governing body.
14 Jun 07

Accused Cocaine Smuggler Sues Macedonia

Skopje_ Stanislava Cocorovska Poletan, jailed on cocaine smuggling charges, has filed a complaint against Macedonia in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, her lawyer, Dimitar Dangov, told Balkan Insight on Thursday.
13 Jun 07

Director Mancevski is Macedonia's First Culture Ambassador

Skopje_ Macedonian film director Milcho Mancevski will be the country’s honorary culture ambassador in New York, the government said.

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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?

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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

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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