“Today, President Gjorge Ivanov is on a working visit to the French Republic, where, on the invitation of the French President, Emanuel Macron, he will attend the ceremony marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

President Ivanov will also attend the reception, which will be hosted by President Macron at the Elysee Palace for the participants of the ceremony.

In the afternoon, President Ivanov will attend and address the Paris Peace Forum, which will be held at the initiative of the French President. Macron, Chancellor Angela Merkel and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will address the opening of the forum.” (translated from 24 Vesti)

“A former Macedonian prime minister has lost his final appeal of a court decision sentencing him to two years in prison over corruption-related charges.

A panel of judges at the Skopje criminal court on November 9 rejected Nikola Gruevski’s appeal after ‘reviewing all the facts and evidence’ in the case, the panel said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear whether Gruevski intended to hand himself in to authorities to serve the sentence. His lawyers have petitioned the Supreme Court for a retrial.” (RFE/RL)

“Small countries and economies could have a chance in increasingly globalized economy exclusively through education and the creation of high-quality human capital, first panel of the “Macedonia 2025” Summit has concluded.

The panel, titled ‘Global Economic Trends and how they Affect the Region’ was dedicated to the macro-perceptive of the economy, and as trying to answer the question how can the small economies of the Western Balkans find comparative advantage on the global markets.

Editor of the Economic Freedom Index at the Heritage Foundation Anthony B. Kim stated that Donald Trump’s election was the driving force behind global business, as Trump, unlike his predecessors, has an extensive business background, has understood the importance of the business community, which has subsequently led to deregulation and tax cuts, as well as economic growth.” (EWB)

“Fourteen European films will compete for the main prizes of the 17th edition of Cinedays Festival of European Film, running 8 – 18 November in Skopje. Eight films will compete in the Official Competition and six in the CineBalkan Programme.

Тhis year the festival will have an informal opening in the Youth Cultural Center with UK/Belgian/Italian/German coproduction The Happy Prince directed by the British actor Rupert Everett. Macedonian indie feature Hey! / Еј by Macedonian director Vasil Hristov will close the festival.

More than 100 films will be screened in several categories: Official Competition and CineBalkan and noncompetitive Gala Programme, Music Documentaries Programme, Eye on Films Programme, Macedonian Short Film Programme, MK in EU Programme, Retrospective of early works of Milos Forman, CINEDAYS+ Programme, Student Programme and Children Programme. Over 20 titles in the attractive gala-programme with the latest performances by Lars von Trier, Godard, Sorrentino, Pawlikowski, Spike Li, Yorgos Lanthimos…” (Film New Europe)