The coronavirus pandemic postponed North Macedonia's general election, but now the situation is returning to normal, political parties cannot agree on an election date. With the parliament dismissed in February, the way out of the crisis is unclear.
Central Europeans in need of a culture fix after weeks of lockdown can now watch films at a growing number of drive-ins and outdoor cinemas opened in car parks, airport aprons and other open spaces as restrictions are eased.
Extending the state of emergency will give Skopje time to implement economic and social measures to mitigate the consequences of the pandemic.
Macedonians are extremely satisfied with the standard of telecoms services from the local operators and at the same time enjoy some of the highest quality services in Europe.
More migrants risked the Balkan route in January-March, but almost no illegal border crossings during coronavirus lockdowns in April, says Frontex.
The EU's conclusions on starting negotiations with candidate country North Macedonia include an appendix with long list of Bulgaria's demands including non-recognition of the Macedonian language.
A worldwide lockdown has created havoc for retailers as their customers are forced to stay at home. There has been a little respite as sales in March surged due to panic buying but that has given way to a lockdown that keeps stores closed
Holidaymakers from nearby countries that have managed to get their coronavirus outbreaks under control could provide a lifeline to Adriatic and Black Sea tourist destinations.