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EU: Building wire fence on border between Macedonia and Serbia not part of the agreement with Serbia

The European Union has rejected the claims that the building of a wire fence between Serbia and North Macedonia is part of an agreement with Serbia. As was announced by the EU Commission's spokeswoman, Ana Pisonero, Brussels is providing significant financial and technical aid to...

Bulgarian Jews: Dubbing people “Sorosoids” both by Karakachanov and anyone else equals sheer Antisemitism

The Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria “Shalom” castigated Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Krassimir Karakachanov’s comment that “NGOs in Bulgaria backed by George Soros want to overtake the power in order to introduce gay marriage” and called this kind of...

Nikola Dimitrov’s Twitter profile recognized as the best administered profile in digital diplomacy

The analysis published by the Digital Diplomacy blog shows that the North Macedonia Ministry of Foreign Affairs' official profiles in the social networks have the best diplomatic activity and communication qualities among many countries in the region. With skillful communication of its diplomacy and...

Serbia’s first #MeToo trial ends with three-month prison sentence for high-profile predator

A local strongman notorious for harassment of female employees in a remote Serbian municipality received a three-month prison sentence in a trial billed as the first high-profile #MeToo case in the country, Global Voices reported. The trial of the 58-year-old former mayor of the town...

‘Thousands of cameras’ – documentary exposes the dangers of mass biometric surveillance in Serbia

A civic initiative, #hiljadekamera , composed of concerned citizens, experts and digital rights organisations, has been vocal about the deterioration of privacy in Serbia resulting form massive introduction of video surveillance system with advanced face recognition in the capital Belgrade. Government of Serbia in cooperation...

Crta: Minimalni standardi ispunjeni na izborima u Srbiji, demokratija ugrožena

Parlamentarni izbori 2020. su po kvalitetu i izbornog dana i, u još većoj meri, celokupnog izbornog procesa najlošiji izbori koje je Crta do sada posmatrala od 2016. godine naovamo – zaključak je Posmatračke misije Centra za istraživanje, transparentnost i odgovornost (CRTA), objavila ja organizacija...

Serbian parliamentary elections campaign features Greek beaches and Chinese robots

After a COVID-19 imposed hiatus, Serbia announced that it will hold its postponed parliamentary elections on June 21. Some of the biggest opposition parties will boycott the elections, blaming the government it had not provided fair game conditions. Ruling parties, on the other hand,...

Truthmeter: Spanish Flu and Оther Infections Wreaked Havoc in Macedonia at the End of First World War

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The end of World War I on the territory of the Southern Balkans and on the territory of today’s Macedonian state, in addition to major military destruction and victims of military operations, was marked with the outbreak of the Spanish flu epidemic. The disease, caused by the...

Greek literary magazine published a portrait of Macedonian linguist and poet Blaže Koneski, translating 6 of his poems

The Greek literary magazine Hartis (Χάρτης, meaning "map") published a portrait of the Macedonian linguist, writer, translator, poet and member of Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Blaže Koneski (1921-1993). The article, titled "Synaxaria" (Συναξάρια) was published in the June 2020 issue of the...

Serbian FM Dačić distances himself from election video depicting voters as ‘zombies’

The  president of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) Ivica Dačić distanced himself from election video clip published on Twitter by Branko Ružić, the vice president of the SPS executive board. Both politicians serve as ministers in the coalition government of Republic of Serbia. Dačić...

Slovenian protesters explain anti-corruption bicycle movement with a song

Словенечки демонстранти на велосипеди меѓу кои и човек кој носи знамиња на кои пишува „Смрт на фашизмот“ и „Слобода на народот“. Фото: снимка од екранот од видеото од Бајк Штрајк на Јутјуб.
Check out Global Voices’ special coverage of the global impact of COVID-19. А Slovenian protest song with a mellow melody uncharacteristic of its genre has gone viral across the Balkans, Global Voices reported. The song's authors describe it as: "A protest song against corruption, against abuse of power,...

Former Yugoslavia’s brutalist architecture shines in new Star Wars fan film

At the end of last year, a Star Wars fan film with a difference enjoyed its online premier. Breaking Point: A Star Wars Story is a 25-minute short movie made by a volunteer crew composed of around fifty professional filmmakers, film students and members of Serbia's Star Wars fan...

Russia’s World War Two diplomacy scores a win in North Macedonia

The country has shifted away from Moscow, but is reluctant to antagonise it. This expanded story is based on cooperation between Global Voices and Meta.mk News Agency, as part of content partnership with of Metamorphosis Foundation.  Google “Russian Embassy”, “World War Two” and “monument” and you will...

Twenty thousand Covid-19 cases have been registered in the Balkans, more than one third of them are in Serbia

Two months since the first case of COVID-19 was registered in Croatia, as the first Balkan nation to have officially confirmed the presence of the virus, there almost 20,000 inhabitants of 10 Balkan nations that have been infected with the virus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB8HhRy16kM What's most striking about...

Kako je koronavirus promenio spoljnopolitički pravac Srbije?

Pomoć u borbi protiv virusa korona u Srbiju je stizala kako iz Kine, tako i iz Evropske unije, ali i Rusije, Turske, Norveške, SAD. Dok su na ulicama nakon kineske pomoći  “osvanuli” bilbordi zahvalnosti ovoj zemlji, pomoć iz drugih zemalja i EU nije se...

Pomoć za BiH u borbi protiv COVID-19: Publicitet za politički naklonjene zemlje

Podijeljenost Bosne i Hercegovine reflektuje se i na humanitarnom nivou: izabrani politički lideri  iz dva bosanskohercegovačka entiteta najglasniji su kada stiže pomoć iz politički njima naklonjenih država, što se odražava i u medijskom izvještavanju. Dok zvaničnici u Republici Srpskoj naglašavaju i medijski eksponiraju pomoć...

Western Balkans requests exemption from EU’s exporting restrictions for certain medical products

At the initiative of FM Dimitrov, the ministers of foreign affairs of Western Balkan countries today sent a request to the European Commissioner for Trade Hogan, the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Várhelyi, and the EU High Representative and Vice President...

Bulgarian PM Borisov: We shall donate bodysuits for our brothers in North Macedonia

During today's briefing, the Bulgarian Prime Minister Bojko Borisov announced that he gave an order for hundreds of medical bodysuits to be produced that will be donated in North Macedonia, inform Bulgarian media. He said that the bodysuits produced in Bulgaria are of better...

The coronavirus disinformation in the Balkans simply won’t give up

As part of its program for fighting disinformation and false news, which cross the borders quickly in the Balkans and very soon can be seen in the media of another state and sometimes in another language, Meta.mk has been reporting regularly about current affairs...

The case of Jamaica and the (non) recognition of Kosovo: How to verify the politicians’ claims?

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Jamajka recognized the independence of Kosovo - the news that yesterday echoed throughout the media in Kosovo and the region, just a few hours later proved as incorrect. The media almost identically broadcasted the news, quoting the announcement found on the Twitter-profile of the...