Latest News from Macedonia
One week before the first round of Macedonian presidential elections, all four presidential candidate took part in an unexpected debate hosted by state television.
The hour-and-a-half debate on issues ranging from Macedonia disputed name to the economy failed to catch fire, however, and was dogged by long monologues that were deemed monotonous by many viewers and observers.
A new report rates Western Balkan countries midway in the world when it comes to quality of life and social progress.
The Social Progress Index 2014 Report rated a total of 132 countries using more than 50 indicators.
Pictures from Macedonia's capital Skopje can be seen at the European Parliament's visitors center in a short film dedicated to Sofia.
The story presented by the film starts with the 1997 protests that rocked Bulgaria's capital and goes on with later years of transition to market economy in the country.
Serbia lowest-ranked in region on enabling trade index
BELGRADE -- Serbia fell on the list of the Global Enabling Trade Report of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and is now 89th among 138 countries.
Two years ago, in the previous report, Serbia was 71st of 132 countries, the Beta news agency reported.
Local and international organizations seeking to follow the election process will have registered just over 3,000 monitors with the State Electoral Commission by the end of the deadline on Wednesday at midnight.
The civil association MOST, which provided most local monitors for Macedonia's previous elections, said it plans to deploy 2,240 monitors.
Panayiotis Psomiadis, a former governor of Central Macedonia, has resigned from conservative party New Democracy, the AMNA news agency reported on Wednesday.
According to agency reports, Psomiadis left the conservative party after being refused a candidate spot on New Democracys European Parliament list in view of next month's elections.