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26 Sep 14

Missing Teen’s Family Blame Macedonian Police

Relatives of a Macedonian girl who has vanished - and is believed to have joined Islamists in Syria - say police were slow to react to reports of her disappearance.

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23 Sep 14

Skopje Landfill Tender Winner: No Experience, No Investment

The firm charged with modernising one of Europe’s biggest landfills has no experience in the business, has not yet invested in the site and is already offering it up as a destination for Italy’s waste mountain, BIRN has learned.

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18 Sep 14

Childless Macedonians Spy Hope in Surrogacy Law

Macedonia may be about to become the first country in the Balkans to legalise surrogacy – but the issue remains fraught with unresolved dilemmas.

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18 Sep 14

EU Enlargement Pause Leaves Balkans in Limbo

The announced pause in the European Union enlargement process has obvious consequences for the Balkan region, where several countries are anxiously knocking at the door.

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02 Sep 14

Macedonians Still Split Over Ohrid Deal’s Success

Thirteen years after the Ohrid Accord ended the fighting between Macedonians and ethnic Albanians, they remain far apart on whether it has worked or not.

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28 Aug 14

Balkans’ Democratic Decline Leaves Europe Unperturbed

Growing authoritarianism in some Western Balkan countries is not likely to feature high on the agenda of this week’s Berlin summit.

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27 Aug 14

No End at Sight for Skopje’s Classical Makeover

Skopje 2014 is going to have to change its name, because the constantly growing government-funded revamp of Macedonia’s capital is nowhere near completion.

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01 Aug 14

Macedonia’s Soaring Debt Raises Foreign Eyebrows

Macedonia keeps piling up debt, ignoring ever-more frequent expressions of concern from key international financial institutions.

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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.