North Macedonia

Balkan route nations least tolerant of migration

bne IntelliNews September 24, 2020

Acceptance of migrants has declined globally, and the nations of the Western Balkans that bore the brunt of the 2015-2016 migration crisis are now the least tolerant in the world, a new Gallup poll shows.

Skopje tries to fix row with Bulgaria over revolutionary hero that could derail EU bid

bne IntelliNews September 19, 2020

Both sides claim ownership of Goce Delcev, who fought for an independent Macedonia at the turn of the 20th century.

The Balkans: External debts in uncertain times

Alexandru M. Tanase in London September 8, 2020

Are countries in the Balkan region taking on more debt than they can afford?

North Macedonia posts deep GDP contraction of 12.7% in 2Q20

bne IntelliNews September 7, 2020

The contraction was expected due to the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the country’s economy in Q2. The central bank expects the economy to contract by 3.5% in 2020.

North Macedonia’s parliament endorses new government led by Zoran Zaev

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 31, 2020

New government voted in after two days of fierce debate. Zaev promises "decisive and uncompromising" fight against the grey economy, crime and corruption.

$0.5bn laundered through Albania’s real estate sector in 2019 as drug trade booms

bne IntelliNews August 30, 2020

The transit trade in drugs is estimated to be worth more $0.5bn a year in Albania — and a similar amount was laundered through the country’s real estate sector in 2019, says the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.

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