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Name row pits Macedonia between patriotism and pragmatism

Skopje - When Macedonia declared independence in 1991, the new country chose a name that evoked the past glories of its most famous claimed son, Alexander the Great.

NATO chief urges Macedonia to solve name row with Greece

Skopje - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg urged Macedonia on Thursday to keep up newfound momentum towards solving a 27-year-old dispute with Greece over its name, a key condition for joining the alliance.

Macedonian President vetoes law boosting Albanian language

Skopje - Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov vetoed Wednesday a law giving greater status to the Albanian language in the Balkan country, saying it could endanger its "unity and sovereignty".

Macedonia boosts Albanian language status

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament on Thursday adopted a law giving greater status to the Albanian language in the Balkan country, a move that the rightwing opposition claims will endanger national unity.

Trial begins of Macedonia's ex-PM Gruevski on corruption charges

Skopje - Macedonia's ex-prime minister Nikola Gruevski, whose powerful decade-long reign ended last year over a corruption and wiretapping scandal, went on trial Monday on corruption charges."This is clearly a biased trial," Gruevski said as he left court.

Macedonia ex-strongman Gruevski quits opposition party

Skopje - Macedonia's ex-prime minister Nikola Gruevski, whose powerful decade-long reign ended last year because of a corruption scandal, has quit as conservative opposition leader, his party said Monday.

6 Macedonia MPs held in parliament attack probe

Skopje - A Macedonian court ordered Tuesday that three opposition MPs be held in judicial custody for a month while another three were placed under house arrest over an April attack on parliament.

Macedonia lifts immunity of six MPs in parliament attack probe

Skopje - Macedonian deputies voted Friday to lift the immunity of six opposition MPs to allow their prosecution over an April attack on parliament, in which scores of people were injured.

Macedonia arrests 30 over assault on parliament

Skopje - Macedonian police on Tuesday arrested about 30 people, including two opposition MPs, former senior police officials and an ex-minister, over an April attack on parliament in which scores of people were injured.

Macedonia targets 'grandiose' neo-classical monuments

Skopje - A massive urban makeover by Macedonia's former conservative government that covered the capital Skopje with neo-classical monuments will be reviewed by the country's new ruling party.

Ethnic Albanian gets life for 2015 Macedonia shootout

Skopje - A court in Macedonia on Friday sentenced an eighth ethnic Albanian man to life in prison over a 2015 shootout with police that left 18 people dead, as Kosovo citizens protested against the verdicts.

Macedonia jails 33 men over deadly shootout

Skopje - A Macedonian court on Thursday handed lengthy jail terms, including seven life sentences, to 33 ethnic Albanian men over a shootout with police in 2015 that left 18 people dead.

Macedonia nationalist jailed for storming of parliament

Skopje - A Macedonian nationalist was sentenced to four years in prison on Thursday for violently pulling the hair of an MP during an attack on parliament.

Macedonia aims to solve protracted name row with Greece

Skopje - After a quarter-century-long dispute that has blocked its entry to NATO and the European Union, Macedonia seems determined to end the row with Greece over its name.

Macedonia parliament votes in Social Democrat Zaev as PM

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament voted in Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev as prime minister late Wednesday, in a first step towards ending the country's two-year political crisis.

Macedonia's PM-designate pledges EU, NATO integration

Skopje - Macedonia's prime minister-designate Zoran Zaev pledged Tuesday to lead the country into the European Union and NATO as the parliament began debate on forming the new government.

Macedonia govt to emerge next week: Assembly head

Skopje - A new Macedonian coalition government comprising Social Democrats and Albanian minority parties will emerge next week, putting an end to a protracted standoff, according to parliamentary speaker Talat Xhaferi.

Macedonia: An end to drawn-out political deadlock?

Skopje - After a protracted and sometimes violent political crisis in Macedonia, a burgeoning transfer of power to the longtime opposition is raising hopes of an end to the turmoil.

Macedonia president hands opposition mandate to form govt

Skopje - Macedonia's president on Wednesday asked the long-time opposition Social Democratic party to form a government, five months after an election in the troubled Balkan country.

Macedonian nationalists resume protests against government

Skopje - Thousands of nationalist demonstrators resumed their protests in Skopje on Tuesday against a plan for a coalition government that includes ethnic Albanian parties, five days after they burst into parliament and assaulted lawmakers.
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