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28 Sep 17

Macedonia Says Planned Register Won't Replace Census

Macedonia plans to undertake a population register, but officials insist it does not eliminate the need for a proper census – which has been delayed for 15 years by various disputes.

macedonia-mulls-retrials-of-problematic-cases-09-26-2017
27 Sep 17

Macedonia Mulls Retrials of ‘Political’ Cases

People who consider themselves victims of politically-motivated prosecutions under the previous government have prepared a draft of a proposed law which would grant them retrials.

macedonia-local-polls-to-test-new-government-09-25-2017
26 Sep 17

Local Polls Pose Test for Macedonia's New Leaders

Macedonia's upcoming local elections will be seen by many as an informal referendum on the new course that the country and its new government are taking.

birn-database-macedonia-mayors-fail-their-promises-09-22-2017
23 Sep 17

BIRN Database Shows Macedonia Mayors Failed to Deliver

Macedonia's mayors delivered less than half the capital projects they promised during their four years in office, a new BIRN database published ahead of the October 15 local elections shows.

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22 Sep 17

Ex-Yugoslav Leaders Urged to Back Truth Commission

The presidents of all ex-Yugoslav countries have been urged to sign an agreement to set up the RECOM regional commission to establish the facts about war crimes and other rights violations between 1991 and 2001.

opposition-pushes-for-migrant-referendums-along-with-macedonia-polls-09-21-2017
22 Sep 17

Macedonia Opposition Demands Referendums on Migrants

Macedonia's main opposition party is demanding the right to hold municipal referendums against a supposed plan to settle Middle Eastern refugees in the country on the same day as the October local elections.

macedonia-plans-easing-pressure-on-crowded-prisons-09-20-2017
21 Sep 17

Macedonia Plans Amnesty to Ease Pressure on Jails

Macedonia's new government plans an amnesty law to ease the overcrowding in the nation's prisons and improve their conditions - but the opposition has slated the proposal as corrupt.

macedonia-s-gruevski-defies-accusations-announces-poll-victory-09-20-2017
20 Sep 17

Gruevski Will ‘Take Responsibility’ for Macedonia Poll Defeat

Amid questions over his continued leadership, former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has insisted he will 'bear responsibility' if his former ruling party loses the October local elections.

macedonia-s-ruling-parties-boost-ties-for-local-polls-09-19-2017
20 Sep 17

Macedonia's Ruling Parties Boost Ties for Local Polls

After striking a deal to form a government, Macedonia's two main ruling parties now aim to deepen cooperation by supporting each other's candidates for the October 15 local elections.

more-macedonians-feel-country-is-stable-survey-shows-09-18-2017
18 Sep 17

More Macedonians Feel Country is Stable, Survey Shows

Since the new government was formed, Macedonians feel significantly more optimistic about their political situation and EU membership prospects, a new survey reveals.

citizens-of-western-balkans-trust-police-despite-corruption-survey-shows-09-14-2017
14 Sep 17

Balkan Citizens Still Trust 'Corrupt' Police, Survey Shows

Well over half of all citizens of the Western Balkans trust their police forces – despite feeling that they are corrupt institutions – a new survey shows.

trade-imbalances-rising-between-china-and-balkan-countries-09-13-2017
14 Sep 17

Balkans Anchored to EU – Despite China's Growth, Report

China is making major economic inroads into the Balkans under its Belt and Road Initiative, but the EU remains their main political and economic anchor, a new report by the EBRD says.

balkan-states-back-high-on-eu-agenda-juncker-09-13-2017
13 Sep 17

Juncker Urges EU to Integrate Balkan States

European Commission Chief Jean Claude Juncker urged the European Parliament on Wednesday to put Western Balkan integration higher on the agenda.

jna-still-popular-among-ex-yugoslavs-09-08-2017
11 Sep 17

Yugoslav Army's Memory Burns Bright Among Ex-Conscripts

A plethora of Facebook pages and other social media groups suggest the old Yugoslav People’s Army, JNA, remains a subject of great interest to many of those who once served it.

macedonia-govt-counts-its-pluses-opposition-minuses-09-07-2017
07 Sep 17

Macedonia Govt Defends Record After Completing 100 Days

Macedonia's new government has delivered an upbeat report on its first 100 days in office - which the opposition, however, has promptly denounced.

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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