BIRN Fact-check: Does North Macedonia’s Budget Merit the ‘Human Capital’ Hype?

"An increase in salaries does not mean investing in human capital," said economics professor Abdulmenaf Bexheti of the South Eastern Europe University in the western town of Tetovo.

"If we want to invest in human capital then we need to invest extensively and consistently in the education sector, from preschool to higher education."

Greece offers condolences over North Macedonia bus crash

Greece's foreign ministry expressed its condolences over the deadly bus crash in North Macedonia on Wednesday night that killed 14 people and injured dozens more.

"Deeply saddened by tragic road accident on the Skopje-Tetovo highway. Our thoughts go out to the victims' families and loved ones," the ministry said in a tweet.

"5 of Europe's 10 most polluted cities are in Balkans"

According to the agency, the only ones who are happy are vendors of air purifiers.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), on the list of the ten most polluted cities in Europe, five are in the Balkans, and they are Bosnia-Herzegovina), Pljevlja (Montenegro) and Skopje, Tetovo and Bitola (Macedonia).

Ruling Parties Seal Local Election Victory in Macedonia

Macedonia's SDSM, led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, confirmed its widespread support, winning 18 of the 35 municipalities in which voting took place Sunday. The first round already suggested widespread support on October 15 (SDSM won 39), which together with Sunday's vote means that in total the party now controls at least 57 out of Macedonia's 81 municipalities.