Macedonia

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Helsinki Commission to Assess Foreign Economic Influence in the Western Balkans

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, or the Helsinki Commission, will be holding a briefing on foreign meddling in the Western Balkans. The briefing focuses on guarding against economic vulnerabilities. It is scheduled for Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at 10:00 AM in the Russell Senate Office […]

Davos, 24.01.2018. -Premijeri Grcke i Makedonije, Aleksis Cipras (D) i Zoran Zaev (L), sastali su se na marginama Svetskog ekonomskog foruma u sklopu pojacnih napora za resenje visedecenijskog spora oko imena makedonske drzave, danas u Davosu. (BETAPHOTO/VLADA MAKEDONIJE/MO)Photo: Beta

Macedonia and Greece Advance Name Talks

“Macedonia has extended an olive branch toward Greece by agreeing to rename its main airport and a major highway in another step toward ending a decades-old dispute over the former Yugoslav republic’s name. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said after meeting his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras on January 24 […]

Large Macedonian Investments in Infrastructure from Chinese LoansPhoto: Marcin Szala

Large Macedonian Investments in Infrastructure from Chinese Loans

“Macedonia’s transport ministry has said it plans to invest 16.749 billion denars ($335.8 million/272.3 million euro) in road maintenance, rehabilitation and construction projects in 2018. The government plans to use a loan from Export-Import Bank of China (EXIM Bank) for the construction of the Kicevo-Ohrid and Miladinovci-Stip sections of the […]

Bulgarian FM – EU Not Sufficiently Engaged in the BalkansPhoto: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria

Bulgarian FM – EU Not Sufficiently Engaged in the Balkans

“Bulgaria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zakharieva warned that there are foreign actors in the Western Balkans that have a strong impact on some countries, but the responsibility for this lies with the European Union because it was not ‘sufficiently engaged’ in the region. ‘There are foreign influences […]

FM Dimitrov in Brussels to Talk European FuturePhoto: EWB

FM Dimitrov in Brussels to Talk European Future

“The European future of Macedonia was the topic of discussion at today’s meeting in Brussels with the head of the Macedonian diplomacy Nikola Dimitrov with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy and Security Federica Mogherini. ‘The biggest patriotic duty of our generation is to […]

Macedonian, Greek PMs to Meet in Switzerland Amid Protests

Macedonian, Greek PMs to Meet in Switzerland Amid Protests

“Leaders from Greece and Macedonia say they will meet in Switzerland this week as they continue to seek a solution to a nearly three-decade-old name dispute. A Greek government spokesman said on January 22 that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet his Macedonian counterpart, Zoran Zaev, on the […]

Macedonia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Greeks Protest Against Macedonia Name; Macedonians Protest Language Bill in Skopje; Stoltenberg – We want you to succeedPhoto: NATO

Macedonia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Greeks Protest Against Macedonia Name; Macedonians Protest Language Bill in Skopje; Stoltenberg – We want you to succeed

“Tens of thousands of flag-waving Greeks rallied in Thessaloniki Sunday, demanding Greece never compromise on the name Macedonia for its northern province.  Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic that shares the same name have been feuding over who gets to use it since Macedonia became independent Yugoslavia in […]

How did the Balkans score in the 2018 Freedom House Report?

The 2018 Freedom House Report was released on Friday. Let’s look into how the Balkans fared. Slovenia is the most free, and has an aggregate score of 93/100 with a GDP per capita of $20,873. Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum was Bosnia and Herzegovina and […]