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German companies report more cyberattacks from Russia, China

Cyberattacks on companies in Germany are increasingly being carried out from Russia and China, according to a study by the digital association Bitkom published in Berlin on Friday, writes German news agency DPA. Of the more than 1,000 companies surveyed across sectors, 46% were able to trace attacks back to Russia this year, compared to 23% in 2021. Another 42% of...

Malicious meddling in Kosovo’s media sphere

This article by Ardit Kika was originally produced for and published by Kosovo 2.0 as part of Western Balkans Anti-Disinformation Hub project. It has been republished here with permission.   Serbia, Russia and China are the main disseminators of disinformation in Kosovo and about Kosovo. Serbian-speaking audiences are the main targets of disinformation from Serbian and Russian media outlets, while Chinese...

China and Macedonian higher education: Influence focused on the state universities

The Chinese influence in higher education in North Macedonia is focused primarily on a few state universities in the country, with ongoing cooperation throughout the years that resulted in an exchange of students and professors and by signing agreements and memoranda of understanding. The champions of this cooperation are the following three universities: the oldest - Ss. Cyril and...

The social media as lever for spreading authoritarian propaganda

Russian propaganda uses various forms of social media and channels to spread its propaganda. It is fighting a war in Ukraine, but also waging a hybrid war with many other countries. North Macedonia and the Balkans are the target of this propaganda, writes Truthmeter.mk. Under the content-sharing agreement between Truthmeter.mk and Meta.mk, we republish the text below:   Author: Goran Lefkov The social...

The influence of Bulgaria on back azimuth

Unlike the influence of Russia and China in North Macedonia that – to a large extent – is disseminated on the basis of positive identification and desired and/or shared values, we might say that the influence realized by Bulgaria is based on narratives overflowing with rejection, denial, and even animosity, writes Truthmeter.mk. Under the content-sharing agreement between Truthmeter.mk and Meta.mk,...

China as an example: Media promotion of the undemocratic value system

One of the significant negative influences in North Macedonia that most frequently is entirely overlooked, is the influence of China. This influence becomes even greater in conditions of great corruption in the country, decreased trust of the citizens in the institutions and their ability to deal with the issue and somewhat of an institutional chaos stemming from the abuse...

Behind the scenes: Chinese influence in North Macedonia

(Main photo: Commercial for the Belt and Road Initiative in one of the Macedonian trains purchased from China reading “Speed up the Belt initiative, Charming Macedonia") It took North Macedonia only a few years to dramatically change its bilateral relationship with China. In 1999, it was the sole European country that recognized Taiwan as an independent state, besides the Vatican....

Zero benefits for Albania from China’s Belt and Road Initiative

In 2017, Albania signed a cooperation agreement with China in the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It was conceived as an attempt to enhance bilateral cooperation in the areas of infrastructure, production capacity, tourism, and agriculture. Six years later, very little has been achieved. During a tour of Albania by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli on April...

The construction of the 5G network brings the demise of the Chinese domination in North Macedonia’s telecommunications

“Makedonski Telekom” (Macedonian Telecom) and “A1 Makedonija” (A1 Macedonia) telecoms are currently modernizing their complete mobile telephony infrastructure and working on the implementation of their 5G networks in North Macedonia. Unlike all the previous instances of a technological makeover, North Macedonia as a member of NATO and signatory of the Clean Network Program initiated by the USA, this time...

DEBATE Growing Chinese influence in North Macedonia, while the citizens are dreaming of China as an economic giant

The direct investments in the economy, infrastructure, telecommunications, media, the academic cooperation with universities and the operations of the “Confucius” institutes are strategic instruments of the Chinese influence, not only in North Macedonia, but in other countries as well. Macedonian media do not report enough on the Chinese “soft power” in the country, while the citizens create an abstract,...

High price for the highways loan, China remains in North Macedonia constructing even with European money

North Macedonia obtained a loan from the Exim Bank of China for the construction of the highways Kičevo - Ohrid, and Miladinovci - Štip, and now we are repaying the loan installments expensively due to the record strengthening of the US dollar against the Macedonian denar. In the meantime, after more than eight years and six months since the...

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 multiple-unit trains for "RNM Railways - Transport" Public enterprise to the increased volumes of cargo...

Metamorphosis Foundation conference: Disinformation can contribute to destabilization of North Macedonia

The disinformation is directed against our Euro-Atlantic orientation; in particular, since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, North Macedonia is target of disinformation whose aim is to incite anti-Western sentiments among the citizens of North Macedonia and to promulgate hazy alternatives for the EU and NATO. Due to its potential to undermine the strategic orientation, the disinformation...

Ai Weiwei’s exhibition “In Search of Humanity” at the Albertina Modern Museum in Vienna

Author: Bojan Blazhevski On the 16th of March, at the Albertina Modern Museum in Vienna, a comprehensive retrospective exhibition by the renowned Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei was opened. The exhibition named "In Search of Humanity" gathers in one place Weiwei's artworks coming from different collections at one location, along with his documentary films. This is happening during the...

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 will not be able to bring what you need to build a functioning free country,”...

Advance payment to Sinofarm withdrawn – authorities assure Chinese vaccines will arrive in North Macedonia shortly!

In his appearance in Kanal 5 TV's show, Venko Filipche, the Health Minister of North Macedonia, disclosed that the advance payment for the Chinese vaccine "Sinofarm", which North Macedonia was supposed to receive 200.000 doses of by the end of February, was withdrawn for "our safety." But he assured that, notwithstanding, the vaccines will soon arrive in the country. "Taking...

Instead of building new railroad track with “slavery” loan from China, North Macedonia must reconstruct the current railroads

Bigger investments in the reconstruction of the railroad tracks in North Macedonia, meeting the deadlines for the reconstruction projects and raising the maximum travel speed to 120 km/h on the railroad track between Tabanovce and Gevgelija. If these goals are not reached by the government of North Macedonia, the railroad of the Corridor 10 cannot be competitive to the...

2021 through the prism of Kremlin disinformation

The end of 2021 is approaching, but it seems that the pro-Kremlin disinformation will not end. Last year, EUvsDisinfo added 2,700 new examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation to its database. This is what they wrote:   Ukraine remains a major target of pro-Kremlin disinformation About a third of all examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation in 2021 collected by EUvsDisinfo were aimed at Ukraine. Amid escalating,...

Macedonian Railways having difficulties with maintenance of the Chinese trains, timetable barely functional

Although this summer the train between Skopje and Prishtina and the express trains for Belgrade and Thessaloniki didn't travel, the RNM's railway company can barely maintain the current timetable with only 15 planned departures from the Skopje Train Station. During the summer, the passenger train between Skopje and Kochani wasn't operational due to maintenance of the broken locomotive and...

Macedonian mobile game “Tie Dye”, No. 1 in the USA, soon launches in China

The mobile game "Tie Dye“ created by the Macedonian game studio,"Furious Avocado“ is a number one game in the United States Of America after it has reached over one million downloads daily. It's a DIY creative game that can color any clothing by user's own choice. The game is very easy to understand and easily inteligible for the wider...