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Stories about Macedonia

1 April 2020

Fans and colleagues pay respects to late Italian comics author Giovanni Romanini

Romanini was acclaimed as a life-long collaborator of the late comics legend Magnus.

27 February 2020

Mitrovica Rock School unites young Albanians and Serbs in a segregated Kosovo city

In a segregated Kosovo city, where residents rarely talk to people of different ethnicity, a school restoring the rock music tradition of former Yugoslavia builds friendship between Albanians and Serbs.

21 February 2020

Macedonians shocked over discovery of child ‘fight clubs’ in Skopje

Videos show dozens of adult spectators cheering as boys of school age fight on.

15 February 2020

Coronavirus-related xenophobia spreads to Central and Eastern Europe

Incidents of hostility towards Asian people reported in North Macedonia, Czech Republic, Belarus and ...social networks across the region

7 February 2020

How Russia influences Serbian media

Favorable perceptions of Russia and the Kremlin policies result from sustained long-term investment in propaganda, which also affects the wider media sphere in neighboring Balkan countries.

28 January 2020

International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Auschwitz in pictures

The online archive Znaci.net digitized several photos of Auschwitz from different museums in the former Yugoslavia. They tell the story, among other things, of the Mandić family of prisoners from Croatia.

31 December 2019

Comics fans in southern Europe celebrated the triple anniversary of cult publications in 2019

Comics fans in several southern European countries celebrated three golden jubilees in 2019: the 50th-anniversary publication of Italian comics series Alan Ford, the ‘Yugoslav Asterix’ Dikan, and Serbian magazine Stripoteka

26 December 2019

Macedonian government promises to retract misogynist school textbook

The text has been taught in Macedonian schools since 2002.

25 December 2019

Anti-vax groups in the Balkans find support with the Russian Orthodox Church

The Russian Orthodox Church defends the right of parents to choose not to vaccinate their children.

19 December 2019

Serbian nationalists want to build an extravagant Triumphal Arch in a Belgrade park

The initiative drew comparisons with similar architectural shenanigans by other authoritarian regimes in the Balkans.

10 December 2019

A 1990s Macedonian film set in 2019 foreshadows a xenophobic future

Like other sci-fi before it, it imagined the present year as a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

2 December 2019

Greta Thunberg impersonators attempted to dupe Macedonian PM with fake phone call

The government called the incident a "hybrid attack."

28 November 2019

MP of populist right-wing political party from North Macedonia confirms existence of party’s troll army

Advox

MP Daniela Rangelova is not the first high party official to reveal details about the existence of VMRO-DPMNE's “troll army”.

6 November 2019

Environmentalists raise alarm over hydropower boom in the Balkans

More than 2,700 small hydroelectric plants are either planned or under construction in the region. Critics say governments aren't properly assessing their impacts.

26 October 2019

Yugoslavia wasn't a Soviet ally—so why does that misconception persist in Western media?

The Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia's independence from both the Eastern and the Western blocs was a key feature of its national identity.

24 October 2019

Albanians angry at EU's failure to open accession talks–but for PM sun ‘still shining’

"This is the biggest mistake that the EU has made over these years, Albania is a reforming country who more than ever needed this decision to be positive."

21 October 2019

Twitter users from North Macedonia fight disappointment with EU non-decision with humor

The date for the long-anticipated start of negotiations for Albania and North Macedonia's membership in the EU didn't materialize, due in large part to a lack of support by France.

9 October 2019

The oligarchs are the main disinformation proxies in Bulgaria, says local expert

"Patterns of ownership, economic dependency and (in)formal political links of media outlets in the countries under investigation to pro-Russian groups are reflected into corresponding trends of employing Russia-originating propaganda narratives."

14 September 2019

New finance minister of North Macedonia faces sexist attacks online

The spokesperson of the main opposition party wrote a Facebook post about the new minster's appointment that was filled with misogynistic language.

6 September 2019

‘I want a chance to prove my innocence': Formerly jailed Macedonian journalist denied retrial

Advox

The case against investigative journalist Tomislav Kezarovski is considered an example of judicial corruption during the country’s democratic backsliding between 2006 and 2017.