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16 Oct 17

VMRO DPMNE Suffers Shock Defeat in Macedonia Polls

The first round of local elections on Sunday in Macedonia was a disaster for the former ruling party, whose leader, Nikola Gruevski, now faces awkward questions about his future.

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16 Oct 17

Macedonia's Ruling Party Celebrates Local Election Victory

The Social Democrats saw a firm display of support from Macedonia’s electorate on Sunday.

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15 Oct 17

Polls Open in High Stakes Elections in Macedonia

Voting has begun in Macedonia in local elections whose results will be seen as a key test of the new government’s popularity.

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13 Oct 17

Hush Descends in Macedonia Ahead of Local Elections

The pre-election 'silence' ahead of the first round of voting in Macedonia's municipal elections begins on Friday at midnight and lasts until Sunday when the vote takes place.

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12 Oct 17

Macedonian Jailed For Attacking MP in Parliament Rampage

A Skopje court on Thursday jailed Pance Angelov for four years for attacking an MP during a rampage in Macedonia's parliament building on April 27.

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09 Oct 17

Tensions With BESA Threaten Macedonia's Social Democrats

Ahead of the October 15 local elections in Macedonia, the second largest ethnic Albanian party, BESA, has warned Prime Minister Zoran Zaev he risks losing their general support.

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06 Oct 17

High Infant Mortality Rate Puzzles Macedonia

Macedonia's infant mortality rate is almost three times the European average – and the new government is under pressure to find out what is going wrong.

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04 Oct 17

Record Number Apply to Become Macedonia's Chief Prosecutor

A record 23 candidates in Macedonia are bidding for the vacant post of chief prosecutor – who faces a tough task in restoring faith in this important but discredited institution.

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03 Oct 17

Prosecutor Calls for Retrial in Skopje Mass Murder Case

In an unexpected development, Macedonia’s provisional chief prosecutor advised the Supreme Court to scrap life sentences given to six alleged ethnic Albanian Muslim extremists for the killings of five ethnic Macedonians.

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03 Oct 17

US Urges Accountability for Macedonia Wiretapping

Establishing who was responsible for alleged mass wiretapping is critical for Macedonia's aspirations to join NATO and the EU, said US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hoyt Yee.

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03 Oct 17

Macedonian Capital's Mayoral Hopefuls Court Albanian Votes

In a bid to woo ethnic Albanian voters – who may tip the outcome of the approaching local elections in Macedonia – both main mayoral candidates for the capital, Skopje, are keeping a lid on divisive nationalist language.

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02 Oct 17

Activists Urge Macedonia to Scrap Abortion Curbs

A coalition of NGOs is calling on Macedonia's new government to scrap the curbs on abortion adopted by their previous right-wing government.

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30 Sep 17

Macedonian Mayoral Candidates Hold First TV Debates

Mayoral candidates in six Albanian-majority municipalities in Macedonia who are running in elections on October 15 will be quizzed in a unique series of electoral debates.

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29 Sep 17

Hungary's Orban Cheers For Gruevski in Macedonia Election

As Macedonia's local election race hots up, Macedonia's ousted leader, Nikola Gruevski, has received support from Hungarian leader Viktor Orban, and from Slovenia's Janez Jansa.

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28 Sep 17

Verdicts in Macedonia Shootout Trial Due in October

As the ethnically-charged trial of 37 Albanians accused of involvement in a deadly shootout with police in Kumanovo came to an end, the Skopje court said the verdict will be delivered on October 17.

Premium

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17 Oct 17

Party Games: Hide and Seek with Election Cash

Powerful parties in the Balkans are suspected of using proxy donors to fill campaign war chests with cash from secret sources. How authorities respond is a test of their independence.

27 Sep 17

Weakened Merkel is Bad News For the Balkans

Business

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16 Oct 17

Tito's NY Penthouse Opens Doors to Potential Buyers

A real estate agency is ready to show potential buyers the 418-square-metre penthouse apartment on Park Avenue in Manhattan once used by Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito.

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