8 December 2019
  • 09:42 The essence of fashion is to be worn
  • 09:29 Hot topics: Slovenian government passes budget for next 2 years; Kurti secures majority to form government; Over 20,000 teachers go on strike in Zagreb; Montenegro and Italy switch on undersea power cable
  • 09:12 EU membership is a distancing target
  • 14:31 Top events in December
  • 10:29 Top events in November

Macedonia signs NATO accession protocol

NATO signed an agreement with Macedonia in Brussels today that will enable the country to become the military alliance’s 30th member, under its new name the Republic of North Macedonia. The country’s 27-year dispute with Greece was resolved last month after Skopje and Athens ratified the Prespa agreement they signed last June that included provisions for name […]

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Serbia and Montenegro criticised in new Freedom House report

Washington-based Freedom House today released its Freedom in the World 2019  report that saw Serbia downgraded from “free” to “partially free” country. After more than a decade of being categorized as a free country, Serbia’s democracy score was one of the biggest, putting it alongside Venezuela, Nicaragua and Tanzania. The decline was due tothe “election irregularities, […]

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Slovenia the only country in the region with average pay above EUR 1,000

According to the latest figures published by the Slovenia’s statistics office, Slovenes and Croats have highest average income in the region, while salaries in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia are lowest. Slovenia is the only country amongst ex-Yugoslav states to have an average monthly salary above EUR 1,000, with 1,082 per month. Croatia comes second, with […]

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Court sets EUR 1m bail for former Agrokor boss

Zagreb County Court set a bail of HRK 7.5m (EUR 1m) for Ivica Todorić, the former owner and founder of the Agrokor food and retail group. Extradited to Zagreb from the UK last week, Todorić was put into custody while awaiting trial in an ongoing investigation in which he, his two sons and 12 Agrokor executives […]

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Macedonian parliament overcomes first hurdle to change the country’s name

Macedonian parliament voted on Friday night in favour of the constitutional changes that lead to the implementation of the historic agreement with Greece to change the country’s name to the Republic of North Macedonia. A two-thirds majority was needed to adopt the amendment and 80 out of 120 deputies supported the change. Eight deputies from […]

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Still no deal on Prespa agreement

The recent days have seen mounting pressure on Macedonian opposition to vote on the agreement with Greece that would change FYRM name to the Republic of North Macedonia. EU enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn, in his message on Twitter has asked the Macedonian opposition and its leader, Hristijan Mickoski to offer their support on Prespa agreement. […]

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Macedonian parliament begins debate on name change

The Slovenian Sovereign Holding (SDH) and NLB bank announced the intention to list its shares on the Ljubljana Stock Exchange and the global repository receipts (GDRs) on the London Stock Exchange. Slovenia’s largest bank has a little less than a quarter of market share in the Slovenian market. In a press release, Blaž Bodnjak, president […]

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Zaev optimistic he’ll get majority support for name change

Macedonia’s prime minister Zoran Zaev believes he will be able to get enough votes to support the adoption of the constitutional amendment to change the country’s name to the Republic of North Macedonia. “I am convinced that through an inclusive process and in a pleasant atmosphere in parliament itself, we can send a positive message […]

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Merkel’s CDU puts pressure on Macedonia’s opposition party

Germany’s CDU party have appealed to Macedonian VMRO DPMNE to vote for the agreement with Greece about the name change which it has so far opposed. Deutsche Welle reported the European People’s Party (EPP), an association of the European conservative parties, is expected to pressure VMRO-DPMNE to accept the deal. The deputy chair of the […]

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Belgrade to get cable car by end of 2019

Yesterday at the Belgrade assembly an agreement was signed clearing the way for the construction of a cable car in Serbia’s capital worth EUR 15m. The cable car, which will connect Kalemegdan and Ušće park, is planned to be completed by the end of next year. For the project the Ministry of Tourism will allocate […]

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