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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.

macedonia-s-young-spammers-fear-golden-age-is-over-06-29-2017-1
29 Jun 17

Macedonia’s Trump Spammers Fear Golden Age is Over

The spammers from the little Macedonian town of Veles - who gained cash and notoriety for promoting fake news about Donald Trump - fear their lucrative business is fading away.

stagnant-bosnia-awaits-its-macedonian-moment--06-20-2017-1
21 Jun 17

Stagnant Bosnia Awaits its “Macedonian Moment”

Events in Macedonia have shown that genuine change remains possible in this region – but only if ordinary citizens are prepared to lead the way. 

china-s-new-silk-road-poses-questions-for-balkans-06-16-2017
16 Jun 17

China’s ‘New Silk Road’ Poses Questions for Balkans

China's ambitious ‘Belt and Road’ initiative could deliver much-needed investments and infrastructure improvements to the Balkans, but it could also bring environmentally-harmful industrial projects, expert Guido Broekhoven told BIRN.

russian-meddling-in-balkans-a-matter-of-supply-and-demand--06-12-2017
12 Jun 17

Russian Meddling in Balkans ‘a Matter of Supply and Demand’

The findings of a media investigation detailing the extent of Russian involvement in Macedonia’s political crisis – direct and via Belgrade and Sofia - have been supported by regional analysts but downplayed by local politicians.

macedonia-s-vmro-dpmne-spends-1-million-on-us-lobbying-06-09-2017
09 Jun 17

Macedonia’s VMRO DPMNE Spends $1 Million on US Lobbying

In just over a year, Macedonia's former ruling VMRO DPMNE party spent over $1 million on lobbying services in the United States, a BIRN investigation has revealed.

macedonia-needs-people-serving-governance-06-07-2017
09 Jun 17

Macedonia Needs People-Serving Governance

The new political leadership must ensure Macedonia’s future is free of corruption and founded on the principles of accountability, transparency, equality and justice.

us-balkan-policy-will-eventually-catch-up-with-reality-06-07-2017
08 Jun 17

US Balkan Policy Will Eventually Catch Up With Reality

At some point, Washington will be forced to re-engage with the Balkans and work out a new policy that is in tune with political reality.

marko-zvrlevski-macedonia-s-puppet-prosecutor-faces-dismissal-06-07-2017-1
08 Jun 17

Marko Zvrlevski: Macedonia’s ‘Puppet’ Prosecutor Faces Dismissal

With a new government in place, Macedonia’s compromised chief Public Prosecutor Marko Zvrlevski, who was seen as a puppet of the former regime, can't hope to stay in office much longer.

trump-s-presidency-keeps-us-balkan-policy-unchanged-05-30-2017
30 May 17

Trump’s Presidency Keeps US Balkan Policy Unchanged

While many expected US foreign policy to undergo some U-turns under Trump, his lack of engagement in international affairs – with a few exceptions – seems to mean Washington’s role in the Balkans is tantamount to “leading from behind”.