BALKAN BLOG: Is extortion scandal serious enough to overthrow North Macedonia's government?

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 15, 2019

Macedonians feel betrayed by the state institution that once enjoyed their trust, and great efforts will be needed by Zoran Zaev’s government if it is to regain credibility.

Leaked recording implicates North Macedonia’s chief special prosecutor further in extortion scandal

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 11, 2019

Revelations threaten to undermine the Special Prosecutor’s Office, tasked to probe high level crime, when North Macedonia is pursuing crucial justice reforms as it seeks the go-ahead for EU accession talks.

ALACO DISPATCHES: Why Brussels is unnerved by China’s Balkan overtures

Yigal Chazan of Alaco July 23, 2019

Beijing sees the former Yugoslavia as a key element of its plan for greater access to European markets, but its investments in the region are a mixed blessing.

Western Balkans' climate to resemble US Deep South’s by 2050

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 19, 2019

Cities in Southeast Europe are forecast to see some of the sharpest increases in average temperatures of any major urban areas worldwide over the next 31 years.

Macedonian PM dismisses 70 officials from state institutions in operation "Broom"

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje July 17, 2019

Cleanup operation launched after ruling coalition's disappointing performance in the first round of the recent presidential election.