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Macedonian PM's Plane Emergency Lands

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's aircraft reportedly had to make an emergency landing in Zurich on its way back to Skopje from Strasbourg on May 21. More

WATCH: Erdogan Welcomed In Sarajevo

Video Turkey Says It Wants To Increase Investment In Bosnia

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey wants to strengthen economic and political ties with Bosnia, where it has so far invested 50 million euros ($56 million) and intends to invest another 25 million euros. More

WATCH: War Veterans Protest in Prishtina

Video Kosovars Seek Handover Of Rebels Killed In Macedonia

Hundreds of people, including relatives of ethnic Albanian Kosovo gunmen killed in clashes with Macedonian police this month, rallied in Pristina on May 20 calling for the return of their loved ones -- dead or alive. More

Lavrov: Macedonian Protests Foreign-Orchestrated

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the crisis in Macedonia has been orchestrated from the outside. More

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski

Macedonia's Gruevski Vows To Fight Critics

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski told tens of thousands of supporters gathered in Skopje on May 18 that he will not leave office or otherwise surrender to the opposition More

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After Novorossia

If and how the separatist-held territories of Donbas will be reintegrated into Ukraine will be the main battleground in the conflict's endgame. And for scenarios of how this may go, look at postwar Bosnia and Croatia. More

In Macedonia, Resisting The Temptation To Divide

A deadly counterterrorism operation against what the government says were remnants of the now-disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army in an ethnically mixed northern Macedonian town has prompted Macedonians and ethnic Albanians, once bitter enemies in the civil conflict in 2001, to join forces in common anger against the government. More
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Features & Commentary

Postcommunist Kids Are No Know-It-Alls, After All

The survey's results appear to dash the widely held assumption about the former communist countries of Europe that while they performed poorly in many areas, at least students there were well educated in math and science.

Video Government's Claims About Macedonia Terrorist Group Met Skeptically

The Macedonian government is investigating the May 9 raid against an alleged ethnic Albanian terrorist group that left 22 people dead and dozens injured. But analysts and many in the public are skeptical of the government's claims in the light of recently leaked wiretaps that seem to implicate it in massive abuse of office.

Video Macedonians Seething Over Wiretap Claims

A series of recordings that appear to capture senior government figures' dodgy dealings has shaken Macedonia's political scene to its core and sparked violent protests.

Macedonia Dead Last In Europe On Press Freedom

Macedonia has fallen to the bottom of the table in Europe in terms of press freedom, according to the watchdog Freedom House. The road forward looks far from promising.

News Analysis: ICTY's Order On Seselj Puts Belgrade In A Bind

The Hague tribunal on the former Yugoslavia has ordered an accused Serbian war criminal who was given a provisional release in 2014 to return to custody. But handing over the ailing ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj to the controversial court could be political suicide for Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.
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