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14 Aug 17

Balkan Mining Tycoon Arrested for Alleged Graft

Billionaire Benjamin Steinmetz, the owner of two iron and gold mining companies in the Balkans, who is wanted by anti-graft prosecutors in Romania, has been arrested in Israel for alleged money laundering.

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07 Aug 17

Macedonia Cuts ‘Wasteful’ Spending, Boosts Social Welfare

Macedonian MPs passed a budget rebalance that the government claims cuts unproductive spending to increase the minimum wage and support farmers, small businesses and workers at bankrupt companies.

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02 Aug 17

Croatia's Raised Import Tax Angers Neighbours

Western Balkan countries have united in condemning Croatia's tax increase on imports of fruit and vegetables, with some hinting at possible counter-measures in response.

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22 Feb 17

Macedonia, Croatia Risk Trade War Over Wine

Skopje may make it harder to import Croatian products if Zagreb continues imposing additional non-tariff restrictions on Macedonian wine and delaying imports with lengthy inspections.

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30 Sep 16

Macedonia "Rushes" Record Budget Ahead of Elections

Macedonia's government said it is confident that the country can manage next year's largest-ever state budget - whose adoption in parliament arrived earlier than usual.

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05 Sep 16

'Shadow' Economy Thriving in Balkans, Study Shows

New survey blames high rate of people working in hidden economy in Balkan region on mistrust in state institutions - and unfair tax systems that penalise those on low incomes.

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22 Aug 16

Bad Roads Blamed for Macedonia-Kosovo Trade Decrease

The promised but as yet unbuilt highway stretch that would link Macedonia and Kosovo is taking a costly toll on Macedonian companies as trade between the two countries plummets.

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23 Feb 16

Balkan Leaders Discuss Energy, Transport at Summit

Transport links and energy projects were high on the agenda as Balkan premiers met at an investment summit in London organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

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27 Nov 15

Tirana and Skopje Agree ‘Veggie War’ Deal

Albania and Macedonia take steps to resolve fresh produce 'trade war' after Tirana raises the issue at a regional free trade meeting.

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16 Nov 15

Macedonia Borrows More Despite Europe's Concern

Macedonia is borrowing more money by issuing bonds, despite concern voiced recently in Brussels about the country's financial direction and priorities.

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31 Aug 15

Europe to Fund Balkan Transport, Energy Projects

Following the Vienna summit, the Western Balkans has been promised 200 million euro in co-financing for 10 transport and energy projects, to improve growth and energy security.

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23 Jul 15

Macedonia Govt Proposes Biggest Ever Budget

With opposition MPs still absent, the government has proposed a budget rebalance which will result in Macedonia's biggest ever national budget in 25 years of independence.

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22 Jul 15

Macedonia Again Plans to Sell Postal Service

After several failed attempts to sell the state owned postal service in the past, Macedonia is again considering privatization.

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06 Jul 15

Balkan States Weigh Impact of Greece’s ‘No’

Officials in the Balkans are weighing up the potential impact of the Greek referendum result on their countries amid warnings that a deepening of the crisis could damage economies in the region.

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30 Jun 15

Macedonia Tells Banks To Pull Cash From Greece

Central bank in Skopje tells commercial banks to withdraw money from banks in Greece, as a safeguard in case of a sudden Greek exit from the eurozone.

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27 Apr 17

Ivica Todoric: Croatia's Tycoon Who Wanted Too Much

Ivica Todoric, the man who transformed his flower company into one of the Balkans' biggest business empires, Agrokor, now faces the possibility of seeing the debt-ridden firm go under.

13 Feb 17

Macedonia Pays Dear to Lure Foreign Investors

29 Sep 16

World Bank Upbeat About Western Balkans

21 Jul 16

Macedonia Parties Trade Blame Over Budget Cuts

Politics and Society

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16 Aug 17

Balkan Religious Minorities Still Feel Excluded, US Says

Religious minorities in the Balkans still struggle with a degree of discrimination and with a lack of official cooperation in regaining assets confiscated by the communist regimes, a US State Department report says. 

15 Aug 17

Macedonia Urged to End Parliamentary Paralysis

Culture and Lifestyle

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01 Aug 17

Best Balkan Films to Watch This Summer

From light-hearted comedies to horrors and dramas that reveal the still visible legacy of the wars of the 1990s, Balkan cinematography has something for everyone this summer.

28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

27 Dec 16

Crafty Ideas for Holidays Around the Region