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Demoted Macedonia Judges Blame Purge on Politics.

The sudden reassignment of a number of reputable judges from Skopje's Criminal Court is a politically motivated blow directed at the Special Prosecution, judges and legal experts say.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Refugee groups protest migrant deportation flight from Munich.

Refugee supporters have protested at Munich's airport over Germany's third recent group deportation of rejected asylum seekers to Kabul. Two courts blocked individual expulsions, to Afghanistan, and to Macedonia.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Macedonia, Croatia Risk Trade War Over Wine.

Skopje may make it harder to import Croatian products if Zagreb continues imposing additional non-tariff restrictions on Macedonian wine and delaying imports with lengthy inspections.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Macedonia Albanians Squabble Over Joint Platform.

The 'joint platform' of Macedonian Albanians - which is a prerequisite for any of them joining a new government - risks coming apart as the signatory parties argue over its terms.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Ilham Ahmed: Sudan Wants to Revive Ties with Bulgaria at All Levels.

Novinite has met with Sudan's Ambassador to Bulgaria, H.E. Ilham Ahmed, whose country is marking 61 years of independence – but also the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Khartoum and Sofia. Ms Ahmed, whose mission in Sofia started in September 2014, is also accredited to Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and ...

- Novinite - BG

Macedonia Govt Talks Stuck Over Albanian Language Demands.

Talks on forming a new government in Macedonia remain stuck over the issue of Albanian language demands - but both parties involved are keeping the contents of their discussions a secret.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Profile of an anonymous teen in Veles, Macedonia, who earned nearly $16K off his two pro-Trump fake news sites between August and November .

Samanth Subramanian / Wired: Profile of an anonymous teen in Veles, Macedonia, who earned nearly $16K off his two pro-Trump fake news sites between August and November  —  The first article about Donald Trump that Boris ever published described how, during a campaign rally in North Carolina, the candidate ...

- Mediagazer - US

Threats Target Macedonia Opposition Talks to Form Govt.

An outbreak of threatening nationalist rhetoric raised concerns as Macedonia's main opposition party continued its talks with ethnic Albanian parties over a possible deal to form a new government.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Greek Farmers Withdrawing from Blockades.

Greek farmers are leaving the roadblocks across the country, public radio BNR reports. Tractors are already withdrawing from key junction in Western and Central Greece, leaving only the border with Macedonia sealed off, the broadcaster's Greece-based correspondent says.The report comes after a meeting between Greek farmers ...

- Novinite - BG

EP Ruling on Bulgarians in Albania Sparks Negative Reaction from Macedonian Media.

A European Parliament document calling on Albania to recognize a Bulgarian minority and legally enshrine its rights has prompted a harsh response in Macedonian media. Macedonian news website has described the EP move as "surprising". Other media outlets pick up on the story saying the European Parliament states ...

- Novinite - BG

Mystery Oil-Like Substance Pollutes Macedonia and Albania's Lake Ohrid.

It's just one of a long list of threats to Europe's oldest lake that are putting its World Heritage designation in jeopardy.

- Global Voices - US

Macedonia Shootout Defendants to Testify in Court

The testimonies of the ethnic Albanian defendants accused of participating in a two-day shootout with Macedonian security forces in Kumanovo in 2015 are expected to shed new light on the high-profile case.

- Balkan Insight - UK

The Macedonian Teens Who Mastered Fake News

These guys didn't care if Trump won or lost the White House. They only wanted pocket money. But the consequences of what they did shook the world. The post The Macedonian Teens Who Mastered Fake News appeared first on WIRED.

- Wired Magazine - US

'Assassin' Poster Causes Political Stir in Macedonia

A provocative poster for a TV documentary about an Ottoman-era revolutionary assassin has forced Macedonia's ruling conservative party to deny that it is promoting violence against its opponents.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Another Snap Poll Won't Solve Macedonia's Crisis: Survey

If fresh elections were held immediately, Macedonia's ruling and opposition parties would again end up with almost-tied results, leaving the political crisis unresolved, an opinion survey suggested.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Balkan Cities Top European Air Pollution Chart

World Health Organisation data analysed by the Guardian newspaper showed that six of the ten most polluted cities in Europe excluding Turkey are in the Balkans - with a Macedonian town in the top spot.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Syrian refugee couple find new hope and freedom through art

An exhibition of drawings by artists Shergo Musa and Nazli Abdou in Skopje portrays the experiences, hopes and fears of their family and fellow refugees.

- UN - INT