“Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will be in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on July 23 where he will be honoured by Denis Zvizdic, President of the Council of Ministers, together with Prime Minister of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, and Montenegrin Prime Minister Duško Markovic. The event is organised by the Center for Peace and Multi-ethnic Cooperation.

The event in Mostar will take place at the ‘Stari Most’ (Old Bridge), on the bridge that was destroyed on November 9 1993 during the Bosnian War after 427 years of existence. After the end of the Yugoslav civil war, a temporary hanging bridge was built in place of the damaged Stari Most.” (Sofia Globe)

“Talks between Macedonia’s main ruling Social Democrats, led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, and the main opposition VMRO DPMNE party, led by Hristijan Mickovski, failed to clear the path on Thursday towards a referendum on the historic “name” deal with Greece.

The two sides said they remained unable to agree on key issues like the formation of the State Electoral Commission, DIK, which will prepare the plebiscite, or on the plebiscite question.

‘We will give chance to talks [with the opposition] as long as that is possible,”’Zaev said after Thursday’s meeting, which lasted for more than four hours.

Regarding speculation that the opposition may have demanded an amnesty for its officials and supporters now on trial for past crimes, and for last year’s April 27 attack on parliament – in exchange for allowing the formation of the DIK – Zaev said only that this would be unacceptable.

‘The strategic goals of our country and of all the parliamentary parties are full EU and NATO memberships. There are no compromises over these strategic goals. Amnesty, direct or indirect, will not happen,’ Zaev said.” (Eurasia Review)

“Macedonia and Montenegro signed a memorandum of cooperation on Friday between national committees and bodies against illegal migration and human trafficking.

The memorandum of cooperation was signed during the meeting of the two respective interior ministers of Macedonia and Montenegro, Oliver Spasovski and Mevludin Nuhodzic in the city of Ohrid.” (Infosurhoy)

A joint investigation by BuzzFeed News and partners has uncovered new information that rewrites the story of the fake news boom in the Macedonian town of Veles.

A week before Election Day in 2016, BuzzFeed News revealed that young men and teens in Veles were running over a hundred websites that pumped out often false viral stories that supported Donald Trump.

Media outlets from around the world descended upon Veles to tell the story of how the so-called fake news teens — many of whom had a shaky understanding of English — made large sums of money from digital ads shown next to their misleading stories about US politics.

But after reviewing social media posts, government records, domain registry information, and archived versions of fake news sites, as well as interviewing key players, BuzzFeed News, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, and the Investigative Reporting Lab Macedonia can now reveal that Veles’ political news industry was not started spontaneously by apolitical teens.” (Buzzfeed News)