Macedonia

US Gov’t Accountability Office to Visit MAK

US Gov’t Accountability Office to Visit MAK

“Analysts from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) will be visiting Macedonia in order to conduct fieldwork related to GAO’s review of U.S. democracy assistance to Macedonia, announced the US Embassy in Macedonia. “GAO is conducting this work at the request of Representative Chris Smith, Chairman, Subcommittee on […]

Ex Secret Police Chief Sentenced to 18 Months in Jail

Ex Secret Police Chief Sentenced to 18 Months in Jail

“A senior official of Macedonia’s secret police was sentenced to 18 months in prison for destroying evidence that could have helped identify who was behind a wiretapping scandal that brought down a previous government. Goran Grujevski, who ran the secret police department conducting the wiretapping operations, was found […]

US Amb Baily Statement at Countering Violent Extremism Exercise (Skopje)

US Amb Baily Statement at Countering Violent Extremism Exercise (Skopje)

US Ambassador Jess L. Baily has given remarks at the three-day Countering Violent Extremism tabletop exercise in Skopje. “Macedonia has been – and continues to be – a strong, reliable partner in the fight against terrorism and the spread of violent extremism.  We will continue to work together, to […]

Will Macedonia Change Its Name?

Will Macedonia Change Its Name?

Talks of Macedonia changing its name has come up in the news again with Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev stating, “When it comes to the part of Aegean Macedonia (northern Greece) say this is part of Europe, to keep around these things and words that we use. But what’s […]

Thaci Holds Meeting on Terrorism on Heels of Macedonia Militant Ruling

Thaci Holds Meeting on Terrorism on Heels of Macedonia Militant Ruling

President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci has held “a meeting (with) heads of key rule of law and security institutions, to discuss with them necessary institutional steps on fighting terrorism, radicalism and extremism,’ according to a press release issued by the President’s press service.” This comes only a few […]

President Ivanov: China and Russia Taking Over Balkans

President Ivanov: China and Russia Taking Over Balkans

“EUROPEAN Union officials are allowing China and Russia to gain strategic influence in Europe by failing smaller nations on the continent, the President of Macedonia has revealed. President Ivanov warned the closed-off view of the bloc (EU), and its lack of investment in connecting the east and the west, was […]

United Macedonia Diaspora’s Ajvar 5K in DC Run a Success

United Macedonia Diaspora’s Ajvar 5K in DC Run a Success

UMD‘s 5th Annual Ajvar 5K run took place in Arlington, VA over the weekend to raise money and awareness for children with down syndrome and autism in Macedonia. Ajvar 5k races have been held throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. All proceeds will be donated to VERA, a […]

KOSOVO WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Haradinaj Wants Int’l Investigation to Kumanovo Militant Sentences, FM Responds to Russian Amb. to SRB on Kosovo, Vetvendosje Seeks Answers Over Death One Year Later

KOSOVO WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Haradinaj Wants Int’l Investigation to Kumanovo Militant Sentences, FM Responds to Russian Amb. to SRB on Kosovo, Vetvendosje Seeks Answers Over Death One Year Later

“Kosovo’s prime minister called on Friday for an international investigation after some of his countrymen were convicted of taking part in a gun battle with Macedonian police. The men were part of a group of ethnic Albanians jailed in neighboring Macedonia on Thursday, some of them for life, […]

World Bank Report on Doing Business in 2018- Where are the Balkans?

The World Bank has released their 2018 report on doing business. Here’s where the Balkan countries rank for ease of business: Bosnia and Herzegovina – 86th Croatia – 51st Kosovo – 40th Macedonia – 11th Montenegro – 42nd Serbia – 43rd Slovenia – 37th The full report is […]