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un-speeches-underscore-balkans-states-disunity-09-26-2017
26 Sep 17

UN Speeches Underscore Balkans States’ Disunity

Balkan leaders’ speeches to the 72nd UN General Assembly underlined their countries’ different - and often opposing - agendas.

albanian-parties-face-high-stakes-in-macedonia-polls-09-17-2017-1
18 Sep 17

Albanian Parties Face High Stakes in Macedonia Polls

The local elections in Macedonia will not only be an important test of strength for the two main Macedonian parties, but for the Albanian bloc as well.

discord-over-russia-widens-cracks-in-eastern-europe-09-13-2017
15 Sep 17

Discord Over Russia Widens Cracks in Eastern Europe

Experts say the Visegrad Group and Balkan countries need to put aside their growing differences on Russia – or migrants – and focus on pragmatic projects that benefit them all.

german-turkish-feud-threatens-eu-role-in-balkans-09-02-2017
05 Sep 17

German-Turkish Feud Threatens EU Role in Balkans

If the dispute between Germany and Turkey worsens, President Erdogan will be tempted to try to undermine the EU in the Balkans, experts warn.

macedonia-has-become-the-casablanca-of-the-balkans-09-04-2017
05 Sep 17

Macedonia Has Become the Casablanca of the Balkans

The brief diplomatic spat between Serbia and Macedonia was both a proverbial storm in a teacup – but also much more than that.

skopje-s-new-skenderbeg-square-takes-shape-09-01-2017
04 Sep 17

Macedonians Split Over New Skenderbeg Square

A new square in the Macednian capital named after the Albanian hero, Skenderbeg, is beginning to take its final shape - but not everyone is happy about its look or its cost.

sergey-samsonenko-macedonia-s-vanished-sporting-hero-08-24-2017
28 Aug 17

Sergey Samsonenko, Macedonia’s Vanished Sporting Hero

The contentious Russian businessman who flourished under the previous regime in Macedonia has terminated his role as the nation’s sporting patron now his allies are out of power.

lucifer-wreaks-havoc-with-balkan-agriculture-08-20-2017
21 Aug 17

‘Lucifer’ Wreaks Havoc With Balkan Agriculture

One of the worst-ever heat waves to hit the Balkans this summer, ‘Lucifer’ has brought drought and forest fires, decimating crops across the region, experts say.

vmro-dpmne-is-jeopardising-macedonia-s-eu-prospects-08-18-2017
18 Aug 17

VMRO DPMNE is Jeopardising Macedonia’s EU Prospects

Having lost power, Macedonia’s former ruling party is clearly bent on obstructing the work of the new parliament and hampering progress towards EU integration.

macedonia-s-deprived-army-keeps-nato-dream-alive-08-15-2017
16 Aug 17

Macedonia’s Battered Army Eyes Future With More Hope

Poorly paid and badly equipped, Macedonian soldiers celebrating the army's 25th anniversary hope for better days, as the country’s new government rekindles hopes of joining NATO.

balkan-jihadis-return-disillusioned-with-isis-caliphate--08-10-2017
11 Aug 17

Balkan Jihadis Return, Disillusioned with ISIS ‘Caliphate’

Some jihadis from the Balkans who travelled to the Syrian conflict zone to support Islamic State told BIRN that they returned home because they became disenchanted with the brutality, poverty and oppression.

macedonia-shines-in-welcoming-european-soccer-giants-08-09-2017
09 Aug 17

Macedonia Basks in Super Cup Success

Visiting fans and locals had nothing but praise for the organisers of the UEFA Super Cup final between Real Madrid and Manchester United, which brought a party atmosphere to the capital Skopje.

with-the-bulgarian-macedonian-treaty-work--08-03-2017
04 Aug 17

Will the Bulgarian-Macedonian Treaty Work?

The good-neighbourliness treaty recently signed by Bulgaria and Macedonia is a fine idea, but domestic political wrangles and differing interpretations of history in the two countries could easily undermine it.

macedonia-bulgaria-treaty-meets-suspicion-in-both-countries-07-14-2017
14 Jul 17

Macedonia-Bulgaria Treaty Meets Suspicion in Both Countries

As Macedonia and Bulgaria ready to sign a historic friendship treaty, opponents of the deal in both countries are accusing their governments of betraying vital national interests.

balkan-imams-take-counter-extremism-struggle-online-07-04-2017
10 Jul 17

Balkan Imams Take Counter-Extremism Struggle Online

After dozens of self-proclaimed imams were prosecuted for recruiting fighters for Middle East wars, state-backed religious organisations have joined the online fight for the hearts and minds of Muslims in the Balkans.