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23 Sep 15

Europe’s Inertia Has Made a ‘Crisis’ of an Influx

The EU’s muddled and incoherent response to the arrival of refugees is undermining the goal of open borders and doing real damage to the Balkans.

22 Sep 15

Private Investors Have Hand in Skopje 2014

While the Macedonian state has stumped up the cash for most of the city’s grand makeover, some monuments, floating galleons and kiosks are investments of private entrepreneurs.

17 Sep 15

Macedonia's Special Prosecutor Faces Tough Challenge

The new prosecutor in charge of probing the illegal surveillance claims that have shaken the government must flex her muscles against a constricting law and a tight timetable.

11 Sep 15

Macedonia ‘Must Charge Politicians Over Telecom Affair’

If the prosecution does not raise charges in relation to new testimony on the telecom affair, it will strengthen suspicions of high-level corruption, the head of Transparency International - Macedonia, Slagjana Taseva, told BIRN.

09 Sep 15

Balkan Nationalists Have Profited from the EU

Zagreb professor Dejan Jovic says EU membership - or the prospect of joining - has paradoxically strengthened the hand of nationalists in the Balkans.

03 Sep 15

Surge in Refugees Leaves Macedonia Struggling

As Macedonia braces for another wave of arrivals, local relief organizations say that while capacities are improving, they will have to be stepped up.

27 Aug 15

Egypt Named as Source of Balkan Islamic Extremism

Kosovo researcher says imams promoting ISIS in Balkans studied together in Egypt before bring their militant ideas back home.

21 Aug 15

Europe’s Dilemma Over Migrants Can Only Get Worse

The confusion in Macedonia over how to deal with migrants – let them in or shoo them away – reflects a broader muddle over the issue in Europe as a whole.

19 Aug 15

Balkan Countries Must Take ISIS Seriously

Even if they are mostly just propaganda, Balkan governments must not dismiss any threats coming from ISIS, Middle East expert Janko Scepanovic tells BIRN.

18 Aug 15

Macedonian Volunteers Help Refugees on Their Way

BIRN joined some of the volunteers who wait each night on Macedonia’s border crossings, helping exhausted refugees continue their journey across Europe.

18 Aug 15

Macedonian TV’s Owner Faces Fraud Charges

The future of another independent media outlet in Macedonia is in doubt after Telma’s owners, Makpetrol, were charged with fraud.

12 Aug 15

Accountability Questions Dog Authors of Skopje 2014

The contracts signed with artists, published in the database for Skopje 2014 uncovered, shows that their calculations often contain rounded sums, not listing details or the meaning of the item “other minor costs” - which in some cases reached up to 5,000 euros.

31 Jul 15

In Pictures: Migrants’ Grim Odyssey Across Macedonia

In the southern town of Gevgelija near the Greek border, growing numbers of exhausted migrants continue their punishing journey north through Macedonia towards Western Europe.

27 Jul 15

True Cost of ‘Skopje 2014’ Revealed

From the initially announced price tag of €80 million, the cost of giving the Macedonian capital a new/old look has risen to €560 million, a BIRN investigation shows.

24 Jul 15

EU Must Hold Gruevski to Account Over Reforms

The government’s continued culture of denial when it comes to the wiretapping allegations gives little reason to hope that it will respect the July 15 agreement.