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macedonia-central-balkan-nation-in-crisis-06-15-2016
16 Jun 16

Macedonia: Central Balkan Nation in Crisis

The current neglect of this small and fragile country by the EU and US undermines democracy and stability in the Balkans.

forget-federalizing-macedonia-ahmeti-says-06-02-2016
03 Jun 16

Forget Federalising Macedonia, Says Albanian Party Chief

Ethnic Albanian party leader Ali Ahmeti told BIRN that calls to federalise Macedonia are impractical, and dismissed claims that his DUI is a poodle of the ruling VMRO DPMNE.

how-i-protest-took-flight-in-macedonia-06-01-2016
02 Jun 16

How ‘I Protest’ Took Flight in Macedonia

One month after President Ivanov’s pardons sparked mass protests, BIRN looks at how the ‘Protestiram’ movement has organised and developed in Macedonia.

balkans-warned-of-challenge-of-integrating-migrants-05-31-2016-1
31 May 16

Balkans Warned of Challenge of Integrating Migrants

Council of Europe’s Rights Commissioner says Balkan countries face major challenge as they change from transit routes to destination countries.

macedonians-abroad-support-protests-back-home-05-10-2016
24 May 16

Macedonians Abroad Support Protests Back Home

Members of Macedonia’s large diaspora are showing their sympathy for the Protestiram movement at home.

macedonia-deputy-pm-kept-cypriot-firm-secret-05-20-2016
23 May 16

Macedonia Deputy PM Kept Cypriot Firm Secret

BIRN can reveal that Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Peshevski is still director of an active company in Cyprus, contravening Macedonia’s law on conflicts of interest.

albanians-in-macedonia-mull-a-new-form-of-organization-05-16-2016
17 May 16

Macedonia Albanians Make Push for Federal State

Discontented with the current Albanian parties working in coalition with Macedonian ones, some Albanian intellectuals say it is time to consider the option turning Macedonia into a federation.

dui-considers-eu-agreement-for-macedonia-endangered-and-country-at-risk-05-15-2016
16 May 16

Macedonia Risks ‘Isolation’, Albanian Party Leader Fears

Teuta Arifi, vice-president of the biggest Albanian party in Macedonia and mayor of Tetovo, says both her country and her party face major challenges in the immediate future.

activist-s-enthusiasm-drives-macedonia-s-colorful-revolution--05-13-2016
16 May 16

Activists' Enthusiasm Powers Macedonia's 'Colourful Revolution'

High-spirited individuals and their ideas - rather than traditional-style parties - are the driving force behind Macedonia's "Colourful Revolution", members of the movement say.

anti-government-protests-bring-ethnic-groups-together-in-tetovo-05-06-2016
11 May 16

Protests Unite Ethnic Groups in Macedonian Town

Protesters in the ethnically-mixed town of Tetovo made history last week by waving their different national flags at anti-government rallies - but there is still a long path toward reconciliation.

macedonia-s-kumanovo-shootout-still-raising-suspicions-05-10-2016
10 May 16

Macedonia’s Kumanovo Shootout Still Raising Suspicions

A year after 18 people died in fighting between Albanian gunmen and Macedonian police in Kumanovo, locals still believe that the reasons for the violence are being suppressed.

ziadin-sela-the-mayor-aiming-to-unify-albanians-in-macedonia-05-09-2016
10 May 16

Ziadin Sela, Mayor Aiming to Unite Macedonia's Albanians

The combative mayor and leader of the LR-PDSH says that if constitutional change does not bring about true equality between Albanians and Macedonians, federation must be the next step. 

besa-recasting-the-albanian-politician-in-macedonia-05-05-2016
09 May 16

Besa Movement Takes on Macedonia’s Albanian Establishment

The fledging Besa political movement aims to win more rights and respect for ethnic Albanians in Macedonia and represent those who feel the 'establishment' Albanian parties are out of touch.

protest-unites-macedonians-and-albanians-in-tetovo-05-03-2016
04 May 16

Protest Unites Macedonians and Albanians in Tetovo

When Macedonians and Albanians marched side-by-side at an anti-government rally in the ethnically-mixed town of Tetovo, it raised hopes that a common stand against injustice could set the scene for more ethnic unity in the future.

civil-society-must-play-role-in-macedonia-s-crisis-04-27-2016
28 Apr 16

Civil Society Must Play Role in Macedonia’s Crisis

An EU-led ‘citizens’ summit’ involving the big parties and the civil movement could revive a much-needed dialogue – whose absence has brought Macedonia to the brink of conflict.