Latest News from Macedonia

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.

Bulgaria, Macedonia with Joint Slavic Script Celebrations


Bulgaria and Macedonia will hold for the first time a joint event to mark the annual celebrations of the Slavic Script and Culture.

On May 11, Archbishop Stefan, head of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, and the chair of Macedonia's Academy of Science Vlado Kambovski are due to arrive in Sofia, CROSS agency has reported.

Macedonian Parties Sued For Paying Cash in Elections

Transparency International – Macedonia said it was filing criminal charges against the ruling VMRO DPMNE party and its junior government partner, the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI.

Greece reinstates passenger train service to Balkan capitals

Train service to Sofia, Belgrade and Skopje will resume on May 10th. Also in business news: Turkey's Veibo Group will invest in a production facility in Macedonia's northeast, creating 5,000 jobs.

Bulgaria 'Committed' to Sofia-Skopje Railway Link

Bulgaria is committed to building its part of the railroad between its capital Sofia and Macedonia's Skopje, Deputy Transport Minister Petar Kirov said on Tuesday.

Macedonia Opposition Mull Next Steps After Poll Defeat

Macedonia's Social Democratic Party, SDSM, is to take a decision on Tuesday on what to do next following its defeat in Sunday's elections.

One option up for consideration is for the party to refuse to take up its seats in parliament.

Police focus on stopping illegal drugs in Macedonia, Serbia

Police focus on stopping illegal drugs in Macedonia, Serbia

Police employ a systematic approach to combat street drug dealing.

Police are moving against street-level drug dealers in the Balkans. [Tomislav Georgiev/SETimes]

OSCE Criticises Macedonia Over Election Shortcomings

The OSCE/ODIHR monitoring mission to Skopje said on Monday that the polls were well-administered and fundamental freedoms were respected but there were a number of serious faults during the run-up to Sunday’s second-round presidential vote and simultaneous parliamentary elections.

Two Serb parties to have seats in parliament in Skopje

Two Serb parties to have seats in parliament in Skopje

SKOPJE -- Two parties representing ethnic Serbs in Macedonia will have deputies in the country's new parliament, elected on Sunday.

One of them - the Democratic Party of Serbs in Macedonia - "will almost certainly join the ruling majority," the Beta news agency is reporting.