Macedonia

New Macedonian government to strip "luxuries" from 2017 budget

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 23, 2017

SDSM-led government says conservative VMRO-DPMNE party planned to spend money on expensive furniture and luxury travel.

Activists thwart Balkan gold rush again

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest June 15, 2017

High gold prices in recent years resulted in a flood of investors into Southeast Europe - much to the dismay of local residents and environmental groups.

Greece insists on finding a solution to the name dispute before Macedonia can join Nato

bne IntelliNews June 14, 2017

Macedonia's new Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov had a friendly and positive meeting with his Greek counterpart but was left in no doubt that a resolution to the name dispute would have to come before Macedonia can join Nato

Macedonian foreign minister to meet Greek peer in attempt to solve name dispute

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 12, 2017

Conflict over the name Macedonia - which is shared by a Greek province - has delayed Skopje's entry to EU and Nato for more than a decade.

EU pursues “positive realpolitik” in the Balkans, says Hahn

Andrew MacDowall in Belgrade June 12, 2017

EU enlargement commissioner reaffirms his determination to bring Western Balkan countries into the union, despite growing perception that the enlargement process is doomed.

Banking convergence returns to Central and Eastern Europe, says RBI

Robert Anderson in Prague June 9, 2017

The banking downturn is over, with profitability surging last year, according to the lender's annual CEE Banking Report.

Russia denies interfering in Macedonian politics

bne IntelliNews June 7, 2017

Moscow blames West for Macedonian political crisis after OCCRP report claims Russian agents have been provoking discord in Macedonia for a decade.

Macedonia’s foreign trade gap widens to $610.85mn in January-April

bne IntelliNews June 5, 2017

Exports increase by 8.4% in the first four months while imports grew by 12.9% according to Macedonia's statistics office

Bosnia slides closer towards conflict

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia June 4, 2017

Bosnia plummeted on Global Peace Index as internal divisions and relations with neighbours worsened.

Macedonian parliament endorses new Social Democrat-led government

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 1, 2017

Zoran Zaev sworn in as prime minister as SDSM returns to power after decade in opposition.

International investors cautiously optimistic on new Macedonian government

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 26, 2017

Centre-left Social Democrats preparing to form their first new government after more than a decade in opposition.

Political crisis and Brexit contribute to cut in Macedonia's GDP projections

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 25, 2017

The Macedonian central bank has cut its projections for the growth of the country’s economy for 2017 and 2018.

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