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.

Macedonian special prosecutor asks to freeze VMRO-DPMNE assets

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 22, 2017

Former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski named as primary suspect in new investigation into illegal party financing.

Macedonia’s SDSM launches talks on formation of new government

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 21, 2017

SDSM leaders hold meetings with Macedonia's ethnic Albanian parties as they prepare to form government after decade in opposition.

CONFERENCE CALL: Europe slowly wakes up to Russian disinformation threat

Nicholas Watson in Prague May 19, 2017

While some fret Europe is not doing enough to counter Russian disinformation, others express concern at the STRATCOM Summit 2017 that focusing on this allows Moscow to set the agenda.

BALKAN BLOG: Gruevski contemplates defeat in Macedonian stand-off

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest May 18, 2017

Former premier's conservative VMRO will do its best to ensure Zaev's new SDSM-led government is short lived and ineffective.

"Yugonostalgia" still strong in Western Balkans

Akin Nazli in Belgrade May 18, 2017

Residents of Bosnia, Macedonia and Serbia most likely to think the breakup of Yugoslavia harmed their country, poll shows.

Macedonian president gives mandate to Social Democrat leader to form government

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 17, 2017

Zoran Zaev set to become Macedonia's next prime minister as President Ivanov finally allows handover of power to SDSM.

Macedonia faces local government power vacuum

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 14, 2017

Failure to form national government has knock-on effects for local authorities, as failure to hold mayoral elections blocks decision-making.

Signs of a breakthrough in Macedonia as SDSM offers guarantees to Ivanov

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 11, 2017

Opposition SDSM says it will guarantee Macedonia's unity in attempt to obtain mandate to form a new government.


bne IntelliNews May 11, 2017

Our look at which business leaders really matter in each CEE/CIS country, ranked by our correspondents not just on wealth but on influence.

Businesswomen seek a seat at the top table

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest May 11, 2017

The fall of communism has been followed by successive backlashes against feminism, the latest inspired by the election of populist rightwing governments.

CEE slowly warms up to energy efficiency

Carmen Valache in Lund May 10, 2017

Commercial banks have been slow to jump at the opportunity to finance small-scale energy efficiency projects because the return on investment for them tends to be low.

Eastern Europe counts cost of air pollution

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest and Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 9, 2017

Cities in the Western Balkans have the worst air pollution in the continent, with Macedonia's Tetovo topping the list.

Macedonian president given deadline to hand mandate to SDSM leader

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 4, 2017

President Gjorge Ivanov has previously refused to give the opposition SDSM's Zoran Zaev the mandate to form a government, even though he has a majority in parliament.

Macedonia's newly elected speaker takes office

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 3, 2017

Speaker's election paves way for new government led by opposition SDSM to be voted in following violent scenes in Macedonian parliament.

Macedonian police on alert to prevent new incidents in parliament

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 28, 2017

Political influence blamed for police failure to prevent demonstrators breaking into parliament and attacking opposition MPs.

Demonstrators storm Macedonian parliament

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 27, 2017

Opposition leader and MPs reportedly injured as protesters force their way into parliament after new speaker elected.

Picture for media freedom increasingly bleak

bne IntelliNews April 26, 2017

Reporters Without Borders documents decline in press freedom around the world.

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