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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. 

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15 Aug 17

Macedonia Urged to End Parliamentary Paralysis

Calls are growing for the parliamentary speaker and the ruling majority to take more decisive action to end the opposition’s stalling tactics in the legislature, which have been paralysing parliament’s work.

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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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11 Aug 17

Renewed Call to Seize Former Macedonian Ruling Party’s Assets

Macedonia’s Special Prosecution to challenge court’s refusal to freeze the assets – including a vast property portfolio - of the former ruling VMRO DPMNE party.

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10 Aug 17

Croatia to Revoke Disputed Import Fees

The Croatian government decided to revoke its decision to raise fees on imports of fruit and vegetables after being threatened with counter-measures by other countries in the region.

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10 Aug 17

Macedonian Opposition Launches No-Confidence Campaign

Just over two months since the new Social Democrats-led government took office, the opposition has launched no-confidence motions against three of its ministers, with more likely to come.

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09 Aug 17

Macedonia Govt: Opposition ‘Inciting Panic’ About Migrants

Macedonia's former ruling party has been slammed for spreading alarm and false information about the government's draft strategy for dealing with refugees and migrants.

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08 Aug 17

Macedonia Commemorates Karpalak Ambush Massacre

Macedonia is marking the 16th anniversary of the ambush and killing of ten soldiers on the Skopje-Tetovo highway near the end of the 2001 armed conflict with ethnic Albanian rebels.

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08 Aug 17

Super Cup Fever Grips Macedonian Capital

With an abundance of activities for local and visiting football fans, Skopje has begun the countdown to the biggest sporting event in its recent history, the hosting of the 2017 UEFA Super Cup final.

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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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07 Aug 17

Macedonia’s Albanian Language Law Moves Towards Adoption

A law to extend the official use of the Albanian language across the country should soon reach the Macedonian parliament after governing coalition partners reached a compromise over its content.

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04 Aug 17

Skopje Super Cup Tickets Hit Black Market

Despite steep penalties, some resellers are still offering match tickets for the UEFA Super Cup final in Skopje for sale on the black market, with prices as high as 1,350 euros.

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02 Aug 17

Greece Expelled From Handball Contest After Protesting Macedonia's Name

The European Handball Federation, EHF, excluded the Greek women's handball team from the championship in Skopje after Greece refused to play Macedonia amid an ongoing border disagreement.

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02 Aug 17

Political Divisions Mar Macedonia's National Holiday

Macedonia's biggest national holiday, Ilinden, is being celebrated without the participation of the country's embattled right-wing opposition and with police on heightened alert for potential incidents.

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01 Aug 17

Macedonia, Bulgaria Sign Landmark Friendship Treaty

Neighbours Macedonia and Bulgarian on Tuesday signed a landmark friendship treaty that aims to turn their long-ambiguous relationship into a close, EU-oriented partnership.

Premium

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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.

09 Aug 17

Macedonia Basks in Super Cup Success

04 Aug 17

Will the Bulgarian-Macedonian Treaty Work?

Business

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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.

02 Aug 17

Croatia's Raised Import Tax Angers Neighbours

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