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08 Feb 16

Kumanovo Gunmen Face Trial in Macedonia

Twenty-nine ethnic Albanians accused of involvement in a shootout that left 18 dead in Kumanovo face terrorism charges at a trial that starts on Tuesday in Skopje.

constitutional-courts-face-crisis-across-balkans-02-03-2016
04 Feb 16

Constitutional Courts Face Crisis Across Balkans

Mounting political pressures and blatant disregard for judgments are undermining the authority of constitutional courts across the region.

macedonia-election-date-still-debatable--02-03-2016
03 Feb 16

Macedonia Election Date Still on Table

Snap polls designed to end the crisis in Macedonia should not take place before May, June or even September, an EU country ambassador told BIRN.

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29 Jan 16

Activists Muster for New Protest Wave in Macedonia

Macedonian civil activists say a new wave of street protests may be around the corner, although they admit it may be hard to recapture last year’s energy.

keeping-out-the-western-balkans-welcome-mat-01-28-2016
28 Jan 16

Keeping Out the Western Balkans Welcome Mat

Development actors like UNDP are supporting communities in the Balkans as they deal with the stress caused by the refugee flow, helping them to sustain their tradition of hospitality.

three-names-a-grave-and-an-arrest-warrant-01-26-2016
26 Jan 16

Three Names, a Grave and an Arrest Warrant

Adnan Sadiki may have died in 2014 - but in the view of the Macedonian Ministry of interior he remains alive with a right to vote.

pressure-mounts-on-macedonia-s-special-prosecution-01-25-2016
25 Jan 16

Pressure Mounts on Macedonia’s Special Prosecution

The embattled authorities are clearly sabotaging the work of the recently established Special Prosecution office, tasked with probing illegality in high places.

the-eu-must-oppose-april-elections-in-macedonia-01-21-2016
21 Jan 16

The EU Must Oppose April Elections in Macedonia

Decision to press on with early polls, against all expert advice, proves that the government has no interest in a fair vote.

balkan-courts-packed-out-with-angry-police-not-criminals-01-20-2016
21 Jan 16

Balkan Courts Packed Out – With Angry Police, Not Criminals

In Serbia and Macedonia, thousands of police sue state for unpaid wages

zaev-no-conditions-yet-for-fair-elections-in-macedonia-01-13-2016
13 Jan 16

Zaev: Macedonia Not Yet Ready for Fair Elections

Macedonian opposition leader Zoran Zaev told BIRN in an interview that preparations are not yet complete for free and fair early elections in April aimed at ending the country's political crisis.

free-elections-will-be-the-focus-in-macedonia-12-25-2015
07 Jan 16

‘Free’ Elections Will be the Focus in Macedonia

Early general elections in April that come after a prolonged political crisis will determine Macedonia's course in 2016.

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30 Dec 15

Macedonia: Deadly Shootout Tests Ethnic Relations

Fighting between ethnic Albanian gunmen and Macedonian police left 18 people dead in 2015, reviving memories of past unrest, while surveillance revelations raised doubts about government justice efforts.

wiretapping-claims-kept-macedonia-on-the-boil-12-28-2015
28 Dec 15

Wiretapping Claims Kept Macedonia on the Boil

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski spent the year battling claims that he had masterminded a massive illegal surveillance scheme and resisting pressure to resign.

postponing-elections-is-macedonia-s-only-hope-12-20-2015
21 Dec 15

Postponing Elections is Macedonia’s Only Hope

The EU should have the courage to tell Macedonia to delay an election for which the country is wholly unprepared.

refugees-suffer-under-macedonia-s-new-border-rules-12-16-2015
17 Dec 15

Refugees Suffer Under Macedonia’s New Border Rules

New discriminatory border policy is leaving thousands of refugees in limbo and at mercy of smugglers.