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Armed forces of Balkan states continue to cooperate closely

SARAJEVO - The armed forces of the Balkan states will continue to cooperate closely within the B-9 forum with a view to strengthening regional security, but also assisting each other in the crisis situations caused by natural disasters, their chiefs of the general staff concluded in a meeting in Sarajevo.

Macedonia Journalists to Seek Justice in Strasbourg

Macedonia's journalists union is taking the case of the expulsion of reporters from parliament in December 2012 to the European Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg.

It decided on this move after the top court in Macedonia ruled that their expulsion from the chamber by police had been done “for their own safety”.

Macedonia Mulls New Elections for Vacant Seats

Macedonian leaders are contemplating holding new elections for seats vacated by the opposition in parliament.

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski who is holding talks on forming a new government, on Tuesday said that after the opposition MPs resigned, parliament "has no choice but to verify those resignations at the next session and call fresh elections for the vacant seats".

Vučić: Serbia pillar of stability in region

Vučić: Serbia pillar of stability in region

VIENNA -- Aleksandar Vučić says Serbia was becoming "a pillar of stability in the region" and was "doing its best when it comes to the negotiation process with Priština."

Northern, eastern Greece brace for storms on Wednesday

Civil protection authorities in northern and eastern parts of the country on Tuesday issued a series of directives to residents and visitors of a precautionary nature following forecasts of strong showers and storms on Wednesday.

Macedonia Urged to Hold Census Despite Ethnic Row

The coalition has launched a campaign called ‘Census Now’, saying that Macedonia must not be held hostage by political elites that interrupted the last census because of the sensitive issue of how many ethnic Macedonians and Albanians live in the country.

Macedonia's Top University Classes Gays as Deviants

Macedonia's main Sts Cyril and Methodius University has decided to establish a new "Institute for Family Studies" that will teach courses such as “Family Values and Morality”, “ Family and Social Deviations”, “Family and Religion” and “Family in Antiquity”.

Bulgaria Best Balkan Country to Invest in, Foreign Policy Magazine

Bulgaria ranks 28th in the Foreign Policy Magazine's "Baseline Profitability Index", measuring countries' attractiveness for foreign investors.

Among the countries of the Balkan peninsula, Bulgaria is the highest ranked. Right behind, in 29th place, is ranked Macedonia. Romania is 43rd, Albania 53rd, Serbia 55th, Slovenia 74th, Turkey 79th, Croatia 90th, and Greece 101st.

Macedonia's Spending Hike Fuels Debt Concerns

The latest Finance Ministry report reveals that in the first four months of 2014, the government spent almost €200 million more than it managed to gather from taxes.

This sum amounts to two-thirds of the planned €300 million budget deficit for the whole year, which is set at 3.5 per cent of GDP.

Macedonia Gathers Cash, Sends Aid, to Stricken Neighbours

The Macedonian Red Cross said that some €260,000 had been gathered through the humanitarian telephone line that is still operational as well as from tickets to humanitarian aid concerts, events and theatre plays.

The Red Cross said it had also dispatched several convoys of trucks containing fresh water, food, sanitary necessities and clothes.

Macedonia Opposition MPs Quit Parliament

The 33 MPs from the opposition Social Democratic Party, SDSM, the Liberal Democrats, LDP, and the New Social Democrats, NSDP, have submitted formal resignations to the speaker of parliament.

They dispute the legitimacy of the April general and presidential elections and attribute the victory of Nikola Gruevski's VMRO DPMNE party to fraud.

Reunion of JHA ministers of SEECP countries in Bucharest

Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) ministers of the countries participating in the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) reunite on Wednesday and Thursday in Bucharest at the Parliament Palace to tackle the regional cooperation on illegal migration and human trafficking, police collaboration, fight against corruption, and enhancement of judicial cooperation.

World Bank Hails Economic Growth in Macedonia

The latest report of the World Bank says Macedonia’s economy grew last year by 3.1 per cent of GDP, well above the regional average of 2.2 per cent growth in 2013.