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30 Jul 14

Dying Macedonian Village Spies Hope in Foreign Brides

In the village of Brest, where the supply of marriageable women has all but dried up, the town hall is paying for local bachelors to take bride-hunting trips to other countries.

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22 Jul 14

How Albanian Discontent Fuelled Macedonia’s Ethnic Protests

Recent protests in Macedonia sparked by the terrorism convictions of six ethnic Albanians were caused by deep mistrust in the country’s judiciary, seasoned political observer Ismet Ramadani tells BIRN.

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15 Jul 14

EU Facilitated Dialogue Won’t Resolve Macedonia, Bosnia Logjams

Copy-pasting the EU facilitated dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo to resolve the deadlocks over Macedonia’s name issue, and inside Bosnia, won’t be straightforward.

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03 Jul 14

Why Balkan Countries are Wrong About Gay Marriage

Authorities in the region should realise that defining marriage in the constitution as a union between a man and a woman is not only pointless, but actually harmful.

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27 Jun 14

Storm Gathers Over Macedonian ‘Ethnic Terror’ Trial

The impending verdict on a group of ethnic Albanians accused of Islamic terrorism over the murder of five ethnic Macedonians could spark dangerous ethnic tensions or even religious strife.

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23 Jun 14

Macedonian Gay Activists Show Pride Under Pressure

A week of gay and lesbian events is taking place in Skopje amid allegations that the socially conservative government is turning a blind eye to discrimination and homophobic violence.

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11 Jun 14

Macedonia’s New Government Keeps to Old Course

If Nikola Gruevski’s new cabinet looks remarkably like the last one, it is because he clearly feels satisfied with the way the country is being run.

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02 Jun 14

Why NATO May Sign up Montenegro This Year

The odds on NATO offering membership to Montenegro this year have greatly increased owing to the game-changing crisis in Ukraine.

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30 May 14

Macedonia is Paying For Its Rulers’ Cynical Games

The recent eruption of ethnic violence in Macedonia is a direct result of the two ruling parties’ irresponsible and costly policy of divide and rule.

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27 May 14

Illegal Logging is Destroying Ancient Forests in the Balkans

An investigation shows that gangs are felling vast tracts that once gave the Balkans their name.

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14 May 14

Balkans Need EU Help With ‘Dramatic’ Migrant Influx

Trpe Stojanovski, director of the Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative, tells Balkan Insight that Balkan countries cannot deal with rapidly rising migrant numbers from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

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06 May 14

World War I History Divides Balkan Schoolchildren

A hundred years on from the Sarajevo assassination, schools in former Yugoslav countries are teaching different histories about the causes of the 1914-18 war, reflecting more recent conflicts.

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30 Apr 14

Democracy Has Lost its Meaning in Macedonia

It may be a moot point whether Macedonia today meets the dictionary definition of a democracy – but despair is not the answer.

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30 Apr 14

Press Freedom in Europe is in Great Danger

A dramatic turnabout is needed if press freedom in Europe is not to succumb to the twin pressures of overt violence and defamation lawsuits.

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23 Apr 14

Balkan Gems Surface in British Video Archive

Among the rare old video clips published recently by British Pathé are many recording key moments in Balkan 20th-century history.