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macedonia-removes-divisive-court-statue-02-22-2018
22 Feb 18

Divisive Revolutionary's Statue Vanishes from Macedonian Capital

Macedonia has removed a divisive statue of an Ottoman-era revolutionary and assassin from the entrance to the Supreme Court in Skopje – as part of moves to distance itself from the legacy of the former government.

amnesty-highlights-continued-rights-failings-in-balkans-02-21-2018
22 Feb 18

Amnesty Highlights Continued Rights Failings In Balkans

New report by Amnesty International records human rights violations in all Balkan countries, and points to a lack of progress in prosecuting war crimes suspects.

watchdog-warns-captured-political-systems-haunt-the-balkans-02-21-2018
21 Feb 18

Balkan Progress on Corruption "Stagnating', Transparency Expert Says

Ahead of the publication of Transparency International's latest corruption index, Southeast Europe expert Cornelia Abel says Balkan countries have barely shifted on the scale, as 'state capture' and weak courts impede progress.

merkel-macedonia-greece-closer-than-ever-to-name-solution-02-21-2018
21 Feb 18

Merkel Hails Progress in Greece-Macedonia 'Name' Talks

Macedonia and Greece are closer than at any time in the past decade to a compromise in their ‘name’ dispute, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday, hosting a visit by Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

erdogan-pushes-macedonia-to-suppress-gulenist-terrorists--02-21-2018
21 Feb 18

Erdogan Pushes Macedonia to Suppress ‘Gulenist Terrorists’

Macedonia’s President has visited Ankara seeking support over its dispute with Greece – but met new demands to act against the Turkish President’s foes in Macedonia.

child-sex-abuse-scandal-rocks-macedonia-02-19-2018
20 Feb 18

Sex Abuse Claims Rock Macedonian Youth Centre

The head of a care centre for troubled youngsters in Macedonia has resigned, and the authorities announced an investigation, over a claims that a 13-year-old girl was sexually abused and made pregnant there.

macedonia-mp-testifies-against-his-alleged-attackers-02-19-2018
19 Feb 18

Macedonia MP Recalls Savage Beating in Parliament

Macedonian MP Ziadin Sela told the trial in Skopje of his alleged assailants that he was knocked unconscious and almost killed when a mob stormed parliament last April.

macedonia-officialy-renames-airport-highway-to-appease-greece-02-15-2018
16 Feb 18

Macedonia to Scrap Alexander Signs To Appease Greece

Macedonia said it will start replacing 'Alexander the Great' name signs from the busiest airport and highway – once its decision to rename them to satisfy Greece becomes official.

split-rocks-albanian-opposition-party-in-macedonia-02-08-2018
09 Feb 18

Split Rocks Macedonia's Ethnic Albanian Besa Party

An internal power struggle threatens to split the ethnic Albanian opposition BESA party in Macedonia, which although small, is potentially important in keeping the country's new government in office.

eu-adopts-enlargement-strategy-for-western-balkans-02-06-2018
06 Feb 18

EU’s New Balkans Enlargement Strategy Demands Reforms

The European Commission’s new enlargement strategy offers support for Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia - but insists they must step up reforms and fully embrace EU values if they hope to join.

eu-to-discuss-new-enlargement-strategy-for-balkans-02-02-2018
06 Feb 18

EU to Showcase New Enlargement Strategy for Balkans

The European Commission is to present a new enlargement strategy for six Balkan countries - widely seen as an attempt to motivate them to continue following the EU's agenda.

survey-macedonia-majority-supports-name-deal-with-greece-02-05-2018
05 Feb 18

Most Macedonians Back 'Name' Deal, Survey Shows

A majority of Macedonian citizens would support a compromise solution to the long-standing ‘name’ dispute with Greece, if that aids the country’s Euro-Atlantic prospects, a survey has shown.

political-warm-up-between-bulgaria-and-macedonia-boost-business-ties-02-01-2018
02 Feb 18

Bulgaria-Macedonia Treaty Boosts Business Ties

Bulgarian and Macedonian companies are seeking new business opportunities as a result of the friendship treaty that the two neighbouring countries signed recently, businesses say.

identity-issues-not-part-of-macedonia-name-talks-nimetz-02-01-2018
01 Feb 18

Nimetz Excludes 'Identity' Issues From Macedonia Talks

The process of overcoming the Macedonia ‘name’ dispute is moving ahead, but 'identity' issues are not part of it, the UN mediator in the dispute said in Skopje on Thursday.

balkan-states-rank-differently-in-global-justice-list-01-31-2018
31 Jan 18

Serbia Trails Balkan States in Global Justice List

Serbia ranked worst in the region in a new rule of law index that measures respect for basic justice principles, though most countries in the region came above the half-way mark.

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macedonia-may-wrap-up-name-dispute-by-march-zaev-02-23-2018
23 Feb 18

Zaev: Macedonia ‘May Wrap up Name Dispute by March’

Expressing a wish to put a speedy end to the ‘name’ dispute with Greece, possibly by spring, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev tells BIRN that he is satisfied with his country’s general direction.

24 Jan 18

The EU is Watching the Balkans Come Undone

Business

political-warm-up-between-bulgaria-and-macedonia-boost-business-ties-02-01-2018
02 Feb 18

Bulgaria-Macedonia Treaty Boosts Business Ties

Bulgarian and Macedonian companies are seeking new business opportunities as a result of the friendship treaty that the two neighbouring countries signed recently, businesses say.

19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans

Culture and Lifestyle

macedonians-don-t-know-what-to-do-with-their-freedom--02-20-2018-1
21 Feb 18

‘Macedonians Don’t Know What to Do with Their Freedom’

Macedonians may have cast off their old authoritarian government – but only a more profound revolution in perspective can change the climate of lethargy and corruption, Slobodan Unkovski told BIRN.

13 Feb 18

Balkan Music Fans Cling to Homegrown Stars

05 Jan 18

Macedonian Comedy Film Finds Secret to Success

01 Jan 18

Gallery: New Year’s Eve, the Balkan Way