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China encroaches North Macedonia’s railroad sector [infographics]

The saying "Slow but steady wins the race" maybe is the simplest explanation of China's slow entry into the North Macedonia's railroad sector in the past several years. From the takeover of the Piraeus Port in neighboring Greece, through the purchase of locomotives and...

The Montenegrin authorities are sending Simba, the lion cub that “hiked” around Budva, to the Netherlands

The Environmental Protection Agency of Montenegro informed that after a five-month stay in the country, the lion cub Simba is leaving first to the Netherlands, and when it grows stronger there, will depart for the huge sanctuary operated by Four Paws in Africa. The vehicle...

Truthmeter’s Editor-in-Chief Petreski: Western Balkans a target of foreign disinformation campaigns; we are working on revealing them

The malign influences which utilize disinformation spreads in the Western Balkans have a regional nature, and, as a result, one disinformation is crossing the border from one country to another and then it returns to the country of origin in a very degenerated form,...

The Western Balkans will need unity and cooperation across society to overcome press freedom challenges

In times of war and global polarization the Western Balkans region is divided along the lines of current polarizing forces. Disinformation campaigns, hate speech, physical attacks, threats, low income, poor economic status, divisions, self-censorship and job insecurity are the main challenges that the regional...

Portalb.mk: Five months after tragic bus accident in Bulgaria, no one in N.Macedonia was held responsible

More than 5 months have passed since the tragic bus accident in Bulgaria when 45 Macedonian nationals lost their lives. The Bulgarian prosecution finished the investigation about the causes behind the accident, but North Macedonia's Prosecution is still continuing its investigation, by controlling Besa...

Counterspin: Lavrov With Another Spin Justifies Russian Аggression Аgainst Ukraine

In an interview with four Serbian media outlets, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov used the well-known disinformation narrative about the military intervention in Ukraine, using the well-known phrase “special military operation” aimed at freeing the oppressed Russian population in Donbas and Luhansk. Lavrov reiterated that the entry of the...

Montenegrin teenagers publish an antiwar song for the children of Ukraine

Young Montenegrin singers Milica Radan and Komnen Vuković, together with the choir D-mol, published a video clip for their antiwar song devoted to the children of Ukraine "Vratite nam snove" ("Bring back our dreams") on March 17. The song is a message demanding an end...

Portalb: The war in Ukraine will cause economic instability in RNM

The military conflict in Ukraine is expected to have consequences for the economy of North Macedonia. The consequences, above all, are related to the obstacles in the trade exchange with Ukraine, which is a direct target of military attacks, but also with Russia, against...

Croatian citizens and businesses express support for Ukraine in various ways

Several dozens of citizens, mostly parents with children, held an antiwar protest on Ban Jelačić Square in Zagreb on Saturday, March 18, expressing support for the Ukrainian fight for freedom under the motto #StandWithUkraine. At the protest, the organizers read an announcement condemning the war crimes...

Albanians Are Not “Mercenaries” Sent to Ukraine

Narratives portraying the Albanian as a criminal appears in the media when there is a political crisis in the country or in this case an international crisis such as that of Russia with Ukraine and the West. In the article under review, the Albanians...

Creating fascination with Russia’s power in media and on social networks in North Macedonia

One of the simplest ways to influence a wider number of people is to glorify a country. Positive glorification can evoke admiration, a sense of belonging and community, a sense of protection, an ever-present refuge, an alternative available to citizens and the state… This...

Rama: External forces court the Western Balkans, but there will be no renunciation of the EU membership

It is frustrating to wait, but Western Balkan leaders need to reject proposals from foreign powers and maintain faith in EU membership, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama appealed in an interview with the Financial Times “Others can bring money, investment, maybe even caviar, but they...

Aki Rahimovski, frontman of “Parni Valjak”, dies aged 66

At 66 years of age, Aki Rahimovski, the lead singer, the frontman of the EX-YU rock bank "Parni Valjak" died today. The information of his death was shared by the Parni Valjak Facebook page. As the Croatian media inform, Ahimovski had a seizure and had...

Following Eastern Europe, Russia is requesting withdrawal of NATO forces from Bulgaria and Romania

Russia’s request for the withdrawal of NATO forces (foreign troops, weapons and equipment) is not only for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe but for all countries that were not members of NATO in the period before 1997. The security guarantees that Russia...

Bulgarian Deputy Public Prosecutor Sarafov: Bus crash victims died from suffocation; there were no cans with fuel on bus

Borislav Sarafov, the Deputy Public Prosecutor and Director of the Bulgarian National Investigation Service sаys that the victims in the bus crash near the city of Pernik, when 45 passengers of the bus owned by a NMacedonia transporter lost their lives in the fire...

After tragic bus accident near Pernik, professional driver analyzеs motorway segment and traffic signs

In the aftermath of the tragic accident of the bus from North Macedonia which happened Tuesday night near the Bulgarian city of Pernik, experts and experienced drivers that regularly drive on the "Struma" motorway are asking many questions about traffic security and the road...

North Macedonia proclaims three days of national mourning after tragic bus accident with 45 casualties

The Government of North Macedonia proclaimed three days of mourning after the tragic bus accident which happened in neighboring Bulgaria around 2 AM today, when 45 passengers of the bus owned by a NMacedonia transporter lost their lives in the motorway accident close to...

Zoo in Serbia investigates animal theft after Meta.mk’s article about smuggled lion cub Simba

The Zoological Garden in Palić, in the north of Serbia, is analyzing the footage from its security cameras near the lion cages, after the journalists from Suboticke.rs read Meta.mk's article about the lion cub Simba and sounded the alarm that the cub perhaps comes...

The Battleground: Montenegro in Crisis – Serbian Nationalist Threats

This article by Srdja Pavlovic was first published in The Battleground and is reprinted by Meta.mk with permission. Montenegro’s Democratic Front (DF) recently issued its most significant threat to date to their partners in the ruling coalition. Milan Knezevic, who has been recognised as the party’s...

Stanka Parac Damjanović, Balkan Network for Local Democracy: CSOs and local authorities are the “natural” partners

Stanka Parac Damjanovic, senior trainer and pedagogue, has a long standing professional experience as an NGO practitioner working in civil society development, education for active citizenship and good governance at local level. Her primary area of engagement is related with capacity building, research and...