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26 Jan 15

Kezarovski Case Shows Macedonia Has Lost Its Way

In its handling of both the Kezarovski case and the amendments to the constitution, the government of Nikola Gruevski has again shown its true authoritarian colours.

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23 Jan 15

Macedonia Court Parole Fails to End Kezarovski Row

A Macedonian court on Thursday paroled the jailed journalist Tomislav Kezarovski – but many questions about the case remain.

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12 Jan 15

Macedonia 2015: More Protests On the Way

Although the economy is showing healthy signs, that will not save the Gruevski government from another year of social and political turbulence.

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09 Jan 15

The Balkan Muslim ‘Threat’ has Never Materialised

Paradoxically, the Islamist danger is not coming from where once it was most expected - from among Muslims in the Balkans.

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30 Dec 14

Macedonia: Elections Fail to End Deadlock

Election triumphs by the ruling party failed to resolve a prolonged political crisis while Skopje saw more ethnic rioting and the economy continued to improve.

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29 Dec 14

Macedonia: 2014 Marred by Ethnic Unrest

The murder of a teenager and a terrorism case verdict sparked violent ethnic protests this year in a country with a recent history of conflict between ethnic Macedonians and Albanians.

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17 Dec 14

Alpine Bau and ‘the Balkan family’

Alpine Bau “strongman” Dietmar Aluta-Oltyan and his wife Helena were at the heart of the firm’s ruinous expansion into the Balkans, despite widespread confusion over their official roles at the now bankrupt Austrian construction giant.

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17 Dec 14

Why Arkan’s Exploits Aren’t News in Serbia

It came as no surprise that the glamorous birthday party of paramilitary chief Zeljko Raznatovic’s son got more coverage than BIRN’s report on the wartime brutality of his ‘Tigers’.

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11 Dec 14

Balkan States Face Questions on CIA Report

Officials in several Balkan states have questions to answer about their countries’ involvement with CIA detention and rendition programs in the ‘war on terror’.

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11 Dec 14

Alpine Bau’s Balkan Black Hole

A year-long investigation reveals the inside story of how construction giant Alpine Bau’s breakneck expansion into the Balkans played a major part in its destruction.  

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04 Dec 14

Macedonians Migrate South for Illegal Tourism Work

What were once student summer jobs in Greece have become a way to earn a living.

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19 Nov 14

City Revamp Overshadows Skopje’s WW2 Memorials

Old World War Two memorials lie forgotten in the Macedonian capital, overshadowed by new taller ones that form part of the government-funded makeover called ‘Skopje 2014’.

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18 Nov 14

Fighting for Their Fair Share

Women across the Balkans face a battle to overcome discrimination and exercise their legal rights to inherit.

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11 Nov 14

Nimetz’s Name Proposal for Macedonia Revealed

BIRN reveals the name that the UN mediator suggested for Macedonia in April 2013 plus his other proposals for resolving the years-long dispute.

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06 Nov 14

Lawyers and Notaries at War in Macedonia, Serbia

Conflicts over jurisdiction and profit have put lawyers and notaries in Macedonia and Serbia at each other’s throats – though the battlelines in the two countries are drawn differently.