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27 Aug 15

Egypt Named as Source of Balkan Islamic Extremism

Kosovo researcher says imams promoting ISIS in Balkans studied together in Egypt before bring their militant ideas back home.

21 Aug 15

Europe’s Dilemma Over Migrants Can Only Get Worse

The confusion in Macedonia over how to deal with migrants – let them in or shoo them away – reflects a broader muddle over the issue in Europe as a whole.

19 Aug 15

Balkan Countries Must Take ISIS Seriously

Even if they are mostly just propaganda, Balkan governments must not dismiss any threats coming from ISIS, Middle East expert Janko Scepanovic tells BIRN.

18 Aug 15

Macedonian Volunteers Help Refugees on Their Way

BIRN joined some of the volunteers who wait each night on Macedonia’s border crossings, helping exhausted refugees continue their journey across Europe.

18 Aug 15

Macedonian TV’s Owner Faces Fraud Charges

The future of another independent media outlet in Macedonia is in doubt after Telma’s owners, Makpetrol, were charged with fraud.

12 Aug 15

Accountability Questions Dog Authors of Skopje 2014

The contracts signed with artists, published in the database for Skopje 2014 uncovered, shows that their calculations often contain rounded sums, not listing details or the meaning of the item “other minor costs” - which in some cases reached up to 5,000 euros.

31 Jul 15

In Pictures: Migrants’ Grim Odyssey Across Macedonia

In the southern town of Gevgelija near the Greek border, growing numbers of exhausted migrants continue their punishing journey north through Macedonia towards Western Europe.

27 Jul 15

True Cost of ‘Skopje 2014’ Revealed

From the initially announced price tag of €80 million, the cost of giving the Macedonian capital a new/old look has risen to €560 million, a BIRN investigation shows.

24 Jul 15

EU Must Hold Gruevski to Account Over Reforms

The government’s continued culture of denial when it comes to the wiretapping allegations gives little reason to hope that it will respect the July 15 agreement.

17 Jul 15

Macedonia Protesters Fold Away Tents After Deal

After months spent camping in front of the government building, anti-government campers have packed up their tents - while their pro-government opponents are staying put.

16 Jul 15

Macedonia Peace Deal Arouses Hope and Doubt

While political leaders appear to have reached a deal on resolving the deep political crisis in Macedonia, the big question is whether the will exists to implement it.

12 Jul 15

It’s Time the US Grabbed the Reins in Macedonia

The US needs to be an active ingredient in attempts to resolve the crisis in Macedonia - not just play a supporting role to the EU.

10 Jul 15

Western Balkans on Alert Over ISIS Threat

Countries in the region have raised security levels and introduced new precautions to counter the threat of terrorist attacks by Islamic State.

02 Jul 15

'Chaos' at Austrian Giant’s Skopje Branch Uncovered

Dubious loans, suspect commissions, conflicts of interests and grossly inflated profits are among the allegations levelled at the Macedonian branch of construction titan Alpine Bau in two audits published by Balkan Investigative Reporting Network for the first time.

29 Jun 15

Enthusiasts Keep Alternative Arts in Macedonia Alive

With little money or state support, the fuel of the independent arts scene in Macedonia comes from enthusiast who connect up artists, the community and local businesses over their mutual goal –  presenting an alternative to the cultural mainstream.