Latest News from Macedonia

Macedonia Ruling Party Savages Journalist and NGO

Macedonia's ruling VMRO-DPMNE party has slated CIVIL-Center for Freedom, a local NGO monitoring the April presidential and general elections, calling it a “so-called NGO” that “spreads lies” and works for the opposition Social Democrats.

Rushed ‘Name’ Talks 'Reflect NATO's Balkan Worries'

The unusual timing of the round of talks, while Macedonian politicians are focused on the April presidential and general elections and while Greece is gearing up for May local polls, has prompted observers to suspect a link with the crisis in Ukraine.

Ukraine crisis spurs Balkan countries to co-operate

Ukraine crisis spurs Balkan countries to co-operate

Regional countries sign agreements and plan joint projects to improve security and mutual trust.

Albania Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati and his Croatia counterpart Vesna Pusic sign a European Partnership agreement in Zagreb on March 21st. [Albania Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

Macedonia Albanians Seek New Presidential Election Model

Macedonia's main ethnic Albanian party, the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, has launched a campaign for a new presidential election model in Macedonia.

The campaign slogan, “No to a One-sided President”, advocates scrapping direct elections for the post of President - and the main Albanian and Macedonian parties in parliament agreeing on a consensus candidate.

Presidential Election Campaign Starts in Macedonia

The candidate of the main ruling VMRO DPMNE party, incumbent President Gjorge Ivanov, launches his campaign with a rally in the town of Ohrid, the party’s traditional election launch venue.

Ivanov, who is competing for a secound five-year term in office, is running under the election slogan “The State Above All”, positioning himself as a proven defender of the country's interests.

Macedonian Journalists ‘Working Under Heavy Pressure’

Eighty per cent of journalists in Macedonia think that conditions are worsening, 17 per cent say that they are stagnant and only 3 per cent believe that they are improving, according to new research published by Macedonia’s Independent Journalists' Trade Union, SSNM.

Turkey Arrests Albanians After 'Terror’ Attack

Turkey's state-run Anadolu News Agency reported on Friday that Interior Minister Efkan Ala had said two of the arrested "terrorists" were Albanian nationals, while the third was from Kosovo. 

The shoot-out in the central Turkish province of Nigde on Thursday left three people dead, including a soldier and a police officer.

Macedonians Hope to Chance on Alexander's Tomb

A team of scientists at work on a dig in central Macedonia has attracted unwanted attention after an independent Croatian researcher, who joined the team, said he believed that the spot hides the grave of Alexander the Great.

Winners of Young Balkan Designers 2014 competition

BELGRADE – Belgrade-based cultural organization Mikser, in association with the Croatian Design Association and Public Room from Skopje, announced results of the Young Balkan Designers 2014 competition on Thursday.

Macedonia Police Deny Tampering With Electoral Roll

The Macedonian Police Minister, Gordana Jankuloska, on Wednesday insisted her ministry was "clean" and was playing no role in management of the electoral roll.

Jankuloska’s statement came a day after the main opposition Social Democratic Party, SDSM, as well as the junior ruling party, the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, disputed the accuracy of the electoral roll.

Huge Fire Bursts Out Near Bulgaria's Border with Macedonia

A huge fire has broken out in Macedonia only 1 km away from the Bulgarian border, Wednesday afternoon.

The fire was located close to the border checkpoint of Stanke Lisichkovo near Bulgaria's Blagoevgrad.

Macedonia Parks Plan to Sell Power Company

The shift in policy comes almost two years after the government said it planned to sell the company to a foreign investor - but failed to choose a consultancy firm that would find the best model for privatization.

New Bulgarian Social Network Eyes EU Market

A Bulgarian company developing online products is set for expansion at a European level.

Getlokal has decided to step into the European market with its social media which aims at sharing consumers' feedback on visited location, according to Bulgarian website Money.bg.

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