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Marko Angelov

Observing the Balkans while finishing a political science thesis.

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24 August 2017

Diplomatic Row Between Serbia and Macedonia Thwarted, No War in Sight

As diplomatic tensions between Serbia and Macedonia defuse, citizens reaffirm their common goal to live normal lives without threats of war.

Blaming Social Media Comments, a Russian Tycoon Announces He's Done With Macedonian Sports

"All over the world fans insult and badmouth club presidents, yet no president has left a club because of that."

22 August 2017

Serbia and Macedonia at War? The Headlines Say So, But Citizens Disagree

While Serbian politicians and pro-government media step up war-mongering rhetoric against Macedonia, the common citizens on both sides of the border refuse to get drawn into the fray.

7 August 2017

Secular Voices in the Balkan States Oppose Religious Education in Public Schools

“Why do they call it ‘religious science’ when it’s not a science, but a subject about beliefs. So it needs to be called ‘religious beliefs’.”

3 August 2017

No More Jailed Journalists in Macedonia: Zoran Božinovski Free on Bail After 15-Month Detention

Global Voices Advocacy

After spending around 3 years in jails in Serbia and Macedonia, the journalist Zoran Božinovski was released from detention on July 15.

28 June 2017

A Czech Nuclear Plant Held a Swimsuit Contest to Choose Its Next Female Intern

The move quickly faced accusations of sexism: "What a joke! Do we make men pose in swim suits to get hired as interns?"

4 February 2017

A Three-Minute Online Video Explains the Essence of Balkan Nationalisms

"Every country in the Balkans believes that it should be bigger than it is."

29 January 2017

Melania Trump Returns Gloriously to Her Homeland, Now as a Meme

During the U.S. presidential campaign, Slovenians didn't show much interest in Mrs. Trump. That changed, however, after Donald Trump's surprising victory in the Electoral College

10 January 2017

‘The Richest Political Party in Europe’ Gets Its Wealth From Corruption, According to Macedonian Journalists

A documentary states that the party owns pastures and apartments. Macedonian law prohibits real-estate ownership by political parties, with the exception of office space.

22 December 2016

Morbid Propaganda in Macedonia Takes Aim at Western Ambassadors

"The xenophobia has terrible consequences, doesn't it? Therefore, please stop spreading it!"

10 December 2016

After a Wild Campaign, Macedonia Holds Important Elections This Sunday

Very often, upcoming elections in polarized societies are said to be “historic” events. Hugely important to the future of the country's political system, Macedonia's elections this Sunday certainly feel historic.

5 December 2016

Macedonian Election Campaign Started with Attempt of Identity Theft on Opposition Party

Upcoming parliamentary elections in Macedonia began with electioneering campaign tactics that were suspiciously sneaky.

23 November 2016

An American Traveler Accuses Macedonian Customs of Corruption After ‘Ordeal’ at the Border

Rick Ray uploaded a video saying officials confiscated his drone -- not because he did anything wrong, but because they wanted to resell it for profit.

10 November 2016

Nationalists and Populists in Serbia and Macedonia Celebrate Trump's Victory

Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential elections caused ecstatic reactions among right-wing politicians and their adherents in several Balkan countries, especially due to animosity towards the Clintons.

19 October 2016

One of the Richest Political Parties in Europe Rules One of the Poorest European Countries

A recent documentary reveals that Macedonia's ruling party VMRO-DPMNE has amassed more wealth than its counterparts in the richest countries on the continent.

3 October 2016

Macedonian Journalist Božinovski Continues Hunger Strike in Face of Trial Postponement

Global Voices Advocacy

Božinovski runs the tabloid-style web portal Burevesnik.org, famous for publishing leaked information that implicated prominent members of the Macedonian political elite in a variety of misdeeds.

25 September 2016

Allegations of Rigged Ethnic Hungarian Voting in Croatia’s Latest Election

The number of people who registered to vote as ethnic Hungarians dramatically increased between Croatia's last two elections. Why?

22 September 2016

In Bulgaria, an Example of How Refugees Need Not Be a Problem, but a Solution

Refugees can help solve shortages of workers—if they're given the chance.

A Toxic Mix of Illegal Logging and Corruption Is Devastating Europe’s Last Primeval Forests

The documentary film “Clear Cut Crime” shows the toxic effects of collusion between illegal logging and politicians in Romania and Ukraine.

28 July 2016

A Documentary Shows Macedonian Students Are Still Living in Dismal Conditions, Despite Government Promises

"This is an everyday picture of a student who is not from the capital and does not have money to pay for an apartment."

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