North Macedonia

BALKAN BLOG: Census sparks a political storm in North Macedonia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 4, 2021

In such a deeply divided society as North Macedonia holding a census is not easy.

North Macedonia issues 7-year €700mn Eurobond

bne IntelliNews March 3, 2021

North Macedonia follows Croatia and Serbia to the international markets, borrowing at a historically low interest rate.

North Macedonia’s GDP posts slim contraction of 0.7% y/y in 4Q20

bne IntelliNews March 3, 2021

Better performance in Q4 left North Macedonia with a 4.5% GDP contraction for 2020.

Protests in Skopje against life sentences for 2012 Lake Smilkovsko murders turn violent

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 28, 2021

Protests after three ethnic Albanians given life sentences in "Monster" case for brutal killings of five men.

BRICKS & MORTAR: Renovation of apartment buildings has biggest potential for energy saving in Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews February 28, 2021

The potential for energy savings in the buildings sector — characterised by ageing, poorly maintained apartment blocks — is estimated at more than 50% of consumption, Energy Community report shows.

Coronacrisis boosts e-commerce in North Macedonia as shopping habits change

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 25, 2021

North Macedonia’s Grouper adapted swiftly to the pandemic, rolling out an online marketplace and food delivery platform, co-founder Nina Angelovska tells bne IntelliNews.

North Macedonia’s ex-secret police chief shows up after search drama

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 23, 2021

Speculation in North Macedonia over whether Saso Mijalkov's disappearance ahead of court verdict was just a prank or something more complex.

North Macedonia’s ex-secret police chief flees days before final court verdict

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 22, 2021

Police have issued an international arrest warrant for Saso Mijalkov, a cousin of North Macedonia's fugitive former prime minister Nikola Gruevski.

Nato and North Macedonia sign agreement on preventing cyber incidents

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2021

MoU to help North Macedonia increase its resilience to cyber threats.

North Macedonia's manufacturing confidence indicator down by 8.8 pp y/y in January

bne IntelliNews February 15, 2021

Indicator inches up m/m as current order volume and future expectations improve slightly.

North Macedonia’s public prosecutors launch investigation into Eurostandard Bank collapse

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 8, 2021

Eurostandard Bank's owner among four suspected of money laundering and causing the bankruptcy of the bank, whose licence was with drawn in 2020.

BEYOND THE BOSPORUS: Soft power in the Balkans, hard power in the Caucasus

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 7, 2021

A mid-sized power, Turkey wields considerable clout in its near neighbourhood.

Women in Skopje stage protest against private chat groups with explicit photos

bne IntelliNews February 4, 2021

Arrests already made over pornographic content taken without permission and shared in the Telegram mobile app’s “Public Room” chat group.