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Macedonian Parliament Stalled by VMRO DPMNE Filibuster.

For a second consecutive day, Macedonian MPs discussed the election of a new speaker, as the VMRO DPMNE party attempts to delay proceedings and prevent a new government coming to office.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Verdicts in Macedonia's Shootout Trial Expected in June.

The Skopje court is expected to rule in the ethnically-charged Kumanovo shootout case in June, but lawyers for the 37 Albanian defendants still hope to bring prominent politicians to appear as witnesses.

- Balkan Insight - UK

CAS reduces Ademi's doping ban.

Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Arijan Ademi has had his doping ban for an anabolic steroid reduced to two years on appeal. The Court of Arbitration for Sport halved Ademi's initial four-year ban by UEFA because he proved he had not intended to cheat. Ademi, who played for Croatia in friendly matches before switching allegiance to ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Sporting briefs.

Ademi: Dinamo Zagreb and Macedonia midfielder Arijan Ademi has had his doping ban reduced from four years to two by the Court of Arbitration for Sport , the sporting tribunal said yesterday. The 25-year-old tested positive for stanozolol following his team's 2-1 Champions League win over Arsenal in September 2015. CAS said ...

- - MT

'It's a lie we intend to sue Serbia for genocide' - Zaev.

SDSM leader Zoran Zaev says it is "a lie" that "Macedonia will sue Serbia for genocide." He told the Belgrade based daily Danas in an interview that these "lies were made up in order to cause a quarrel with the friendly Serbian people."

- B92 - SK

Macedonia Parliament Reconvenes Amid Crisis.

After a three month delay, Macedonia's parliament is set to resume sessions on Monday in an effort to elect a new speaker and unblock the democratic processes amid a deep political rift.

- Balkan Insight - UK

What's Old Is New: Are You Listening? Podcast.

We take you to Jamaica, Indonesia, Syria, Macedonia and Ethiopia for tales of remembering, revival and resurgence in this podcast.

- Global Voices - US

EU threatens Macedonia's leaders with sanctions.

Ruling party accused of stoking ethnic tensions and blocking peaceful handover

- Financial Times - US

Russia√ʬĬôs Lavrov Warns US, EU on Macedonian Unrest.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday warned Western nations against destabilizing the political situation in Macedonia. His comments to a Moscow news conference came less than two days after the European Union√ʬĬôs enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn, visited Skopje in another bid to help break a ...

- Voice of America - US

Macedonia Prosecutors Launch Four New Graft Probes.

Macedonia's Special Prosecution launched four new investigations into suspected financial crimes, with alleged perpetrators including a former assistant minister and two pro-government news editors.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Macedonia Protests Continue Over Proposed Governing Coalition.

Protests continued in the Macedonian capital, Skopje, on March 22 over a proposed political deal that would boost the official use of the Albanian language. Protesters oppose a political deal between the Social Democratic Union and ethnic Albanian parties. Some held signs accusing U.S. businessman George Soros of trying to ...

- Radio Free Europe - US

'Patriotic' NGOs Crowd out Macedonian Civil Society

A clutch of new 'patriotic' NGOs, whose proclaimed goals are the protection of Macedonia's integrity and unitary character, is changing the shape of civil society - in line with the ruling party's wishes.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Macedonian Protesters Reject EU Call To Break Political Deadlock

Demonstrators carried anti-EU slogans through the streets of the Macedonian capital, Skopje, on March 21. They opposed efforts by the visiting European Union Enlargement Commissioner who urged the Macedonian president to approve a deal for a new coalition government.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Gruevski: Foreign Ambassadors, States Intervene in Macedonia

We pointed out very clearly and directly that there is external interference in the creation of the crisis in the Republic of Macedonia. The interference of foreign ambassadors, as well as the role of the Special Prosecutor's Office as an instrument of the Social Democratic Union and of certain external powers for ...

- Novinite - BG

More migrants attempting to enter Serbia illegally

An increased number of attempts by migrants to illegally enter Serbia has been recorded these last days, a spokesperson for the Serbian Army and MoD has said. According to Jovan Krivokapic, joint army and police forces on the country's borders with Bulgaria in the east, and Macedonia in the south have so far prevented more ...

- B92 - SK

Skopje urged by EU to form new government 'swiftly'

Macedonia urgently needs a new government to conduct reforms, EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn has said. Beta is reporting that Hahn posted this on Twitter after his meeting in Skopje on Tuesday with leader of the ethnic Albanian Besa Movement Bilal Kasami.

- B92 - SK

Media publish names of 30 Kosovo figures on murder hit list

Media in Pristina have published a "hit list" containing the names of 30 persons from Kosovo, Macedonia, Bujanovac and Presevo. The People's Eye organization - which recently took responsibility for the attempted murder of lawyer and former high ranking communist official from Kosovo Azem Vllasi - reportedly plans to kill ...

- B92 - SK

Increased Migrant Pressure from Bulgaria, Macedonia on Serbia

In the last few days, there has been an increase in the migrant pressure from Bulgaria and Macedonia towards Serbia, announced the spokesperson of the Serbian Defence Ministry. According to him, authorities in Belgrade have registered an increase in the attempts for illegal crossing of migrants to the territory of Serbia'. ...

- Novinite - BG

EU to Macedonia: 'Stop playing with fire'

The EU has once again urged Macedonia to let Albanian parties join a new government and to stop playing with fire' on ethnic hate speech.

- EU Observer - EU

Rise above political bickering, Hahn urges Macedonia leaders

Macedonia needs to rise above political feuding and form a government as soon as possible to unblock the Balkan country's path to European Union membership, the EU said yesterday .

- EurActive - UK

Mass Protests in Macedonia as EU Envoy Tries to Break Deadlock

Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Macedonia's capital, Skopje, Tuesday to protest a visit by a European Union envoy who is trying to break the political deadlock that has left the country without a government for three months.   Waving red-and-yellow national flags, the protesters chanted "Macedonia! ...

- Voice of America - US

EU's Hahn Urges Speedy Formation of Macedonia Govt

Macedonia's leaders must respect the outcome of the December 11 elections and facilitate the formation of a new government, visiting EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said Tuesday following his mission in Skopje aimed at resolving the political crisis.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Tens of thousands protest in Macedonia during EU visit

Tens of thousands have demonstrated in Macedonia's capital, Skopje, against a proposed government coalition. The protests are linked to a visit to the country by EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

T-Mobile Polska with new CEO

Telecom operator T-Mobile Polska√ʬĬôs current CEO Adam Sawicki will step down from his post as of March 31. He will be replaced by Austrian Andreas Maierhover, who currently helms Telekom Macedonia. The other change in personnel concerns the member of the management board responsible for private market...

- Warsaw Business Journal - PL

EU's Hahn Makes Crisis-Solving Dash to Macedonia

EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn arrives in Skopje on Tuesday for talks with Macedonia's leaders on resolving the stalemate over the formation of a government - after former PM Gruevski appealed to supporters to stop the 'push to destroy the country'.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Gruevski's Party has Left Macedonia in Limbo

The former PM and his allies are deliberately misleading the public in order to discredit the proposed coalition led by the Social Democrats and foment ethnic tensions.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Macedonian President Avoids Meeting EU Commissioner Hahn

Macedonia's President Gjorge Ivanov will not meet visiting EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who is flying in for a crisis-solving mission in Skopje on Tuesday.

- Balkan Insight - UK

EU's Own Credibility is at Stake in Macedonia

In its approach to Macedonia, and the Balkans, the EU has neglected democratisation in the name of stability - and has so betrayed its own values and empowered local autocrats.

- Balkan Insight - UK