Latest News from Macedonia

Bulgarians Splash Out in Greece in May

Bulgarian tourists spent nearly 50 million euro in Greece over the holidays between May 1 and 6, estimates of tourist agencies show.

According to police data, 260,000 Bulgarians crossed the border to Greece over that period and at least 85,000 of them spent more than one night in Greece.

Russian machines for railroad repairs arrive in Serbia

RUMA - The Serbian Railways management presented in Ruma, in the northern province of Vojvodina, the first contingent comprising 29 out of 100 most up-to-date Russian machines which will be used in repairs and construction of railroads in Serbia.

Opposition Absent as Macedonia Gets New MPs

Newly elected opposition legislators did not appear on Wednesday at the State Electoral Commission, SEC, to receive their certificates to sit in the 123-member parliament.

Young Jobless Albanians Abandon Hope of Work

An online survey carried between June and April 2014, including 7,555 respondents from across Southeast Europe, show Albania has the lowest number of unemployed young people actually seeking a job.

Only 36 per cent of the respondents in Albania said they were actively seeking employment, followed by Macedonia and Montenegro, where the figures were 38 and 39 per cent.

IMF Checks up on Macedonia's Finances

The IMF survey of Macedonia’s economic parameters, which should reveal its ability to repay its debt on time, is being led by the IMF’s mission chief for Macedonia, Ivanna Vladkova Hollar.

Cash-Strapped Balkan States Miss Eurovision

The semi-finals of the Eurovision, which started on Tuesday in Denmark, will include only six participants from the Balkan region - Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia and Greece.

Viewers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia and Turkey will only watch Eurovision from their TV sets.

Days of Macedonian culture in Belgrade

BELGRADE - The event dubbed “Days of the Macedonian Culture in Belgrade” will open on May 10 with an exhibition of Macedonian carvings entitled “From Tradition to Art”.

The exhibition will be opened by Macedonian Ambassador to Serbia Vera Jovanovska at the House of Djura Jaksic in Skadarlija.

Ukraine Link Suspected to Macedonia ‘Name’ Talks

The format of Tuesday's talks in New York on Macedonia's name, which Greece disputes, is the same as in late March.

UN mediator Nimetz will first meet Macedonia’s negotiator, Zoran Jolevski, and Greece’s Adamantios Vassilakis separately, and then at a joint discussion.

Macedonia Poll Victors Open Talks on New Govt

The first round of inter-party talks aimed at forming the new government led by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski were held at the weekend but were shrouded in secrecy, with both sides remaining silent about what was discussed.

Macedonia Opposition Toughens Line on Poll Fraud

Zoran Zaev, head of the opposition Social Democrats, SDSM, said the party stood by its decision not to take up the 34 seats it won in the 123-seat parliament in last Sunday’s elections.

Macedonia's Main Union Snubs Mayday Protests

The leftist Solidarnost (Solidarity) movement, the Lenka movement for social justice, as well as the Independent Union of Journalists and Media Workers, SSNM, are among a few unions that plan to use May 1, international labour day, to hold protests in Macedonia.

The Confederation of Trade Unions of Macedonia, KSOM, has also joined the call to join Mayday protests.

German government declares Serbia safe country of origin

BERLIN - The German government adopted on Wednesday an asylum bill that declares Serbia a safe country of origin, making asylum requests by Serbian citizens groundless in principle and shortening the procedure of repatriating asylum-seekers.

Macedonia Opposition Spurn Seats in Parliament

After the executive board of the Social Democatic Party, SDSM, on Thursday unanimously supported the decision not to take up any seats in parliament, the party’s central committee is due officially to confirm the move on Thursday evening.