Tag: balkans
Macedonia 19.07.20 | 12:43

Regional comparison shows Macedonia with by far the worst Covid-19 death and infection rates in the Balkans

Country by country comparisons show Macedonia as by far the worst affected country in the region as the coronavirus epidemic continues to spread. Even though Macedonia does a middling job in testing its citizens, it has far more dead and infected citizens per million. In the infection rate, Macedonia...

Balkans 19.05.20 | 18:38

Commissioner Varhelyi says that Balkan countries will coordinate with the EU as they reopen after the corona epidemic

EU Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said that the Balkan countries will coordinate with the plan prepared by the European Union for gradual reopening of the economies after the coronavirus epidemic. Varhelyi participated in a video conference organized by Macedonia and Greece. We need to be prepared together...

Macedonia 18.05.20 | 11:19

Macedonia remains the country with the worst coronavirus death rate in the region

Regional comparisons continue to place Macedonia as the worst performer in fighting the coronavirus epidemic. Macedonia has 860 confirmed cases per million, and has 48 deaths per million. Given that the census figures are highly unreliable in Macedonia, the numbers of 1.792 total infections and over...

Macedonia 05.05.20 | 10:57

Macedonia continues to have the worst Covid-19 mortality rate in the Balkans

Updated death tolls in the Balkans reveal that Macedonia remains the worst affected country, with 42 deaths per capita. Excluding Slovenia, which performed by far the most tests per capita in the region, Macedonia remains the worst performer in terms of the mortality rate. Bosnia is second, with 24 deaths...

Macedonia 17.04.20 | 10:45

Macedonia has one of the worst Covid-19 mortality rates in the region

Regional coronavirus statistics show that Macedonia is among the worst performers when it comes to the mortality rate. Macedonia has 23 deaths per million, which is the worst result in the Balkans, excluding Slovenia with 29 deaths. Slovenia also had a far more extensive testing program in place, while...

Macedonia 12.04.20 | 12:30

Macedonia ranks second worst in the Balkans in terms of coronavirus deaths

Macedonia has the second most deaths from the coronavirus in the region, statistics have shown. Per million inhabitants, Macedonia currently has 17 deaths, which is the worst record in the Balkans, with the exception of Slovenia which has 24. All other Balkan countries have handled the virus better,...

Balkans 08.04.20 | 12:08

Bugajski calls on the Balkans not to turn its back on the EU despite slow coronavirus response

Janusz Bugajski, fellow at the American CEPA institute, has called on the Balkan countries to maintain their orientation toward the European Union, at a time when China leads in the coronavirus help effort and Russia, as Bugajski claims, spreads misinformation. EU’s prestige in the region was hit...

Balkans 02.04.20 | 17:15

EU Commissioner Varhelyi coordinates trans-Balkan actions in response to the coronavirus epidemic

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said that the EU will work together with the Balkan countries to respond to the coronavirus epidemic. One of the steps that are being taken are easing procedures to move medicine and food across the transport corridors in the region. Fighting coronavirus...

Balkans 01.03.20 | 21:38

Germany opens its doors for young Balkan workers even wider

Starting today, thousands of citizens of Balkan countries are preparing to head for Germany which is relaxing its labour rules for non-EU countries. The new law allows non-EU citizens to apply for jobs they are qualified for, even if they don’t fall under industries that face a labour shortage...

Macedonia 24.02.20 | 12:36

Green groups from across the Balkans plan a coordinated protest on Friday

A coordinated protest of environmental groups from five Balkan countries will be held on Friday. Protesters, who are inspired by the Fridays for Future movement of Greta Thunberg, demand measures that would reduce air pollution. The protests are planned in Skopje, Belgrade, Pristina, Sarajevo, Podgorica...

Macedonia 01.02.20 | 11:59

The new Kurz Government will support opening EU accession talks with Macedonia and Albania

The new Austrian Government led by Chacellor Sebastian Kurz will support the introduction of all Balkan countries to the European Union, Serbian media outlets who had insight in the Government platform are reporting. The new Kurz Government calls for a common EU policy toward enlargement which would...

Macedonia 23.11.19 | 12:23

Varhelyi to speed up EU integration of Western Balkan states

The accession process of the Western Balkan states must be accelerated, European Neighborhood and Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi told the Hungarian Parliament’s European Affairs Committee hearing on Friday, the V4 news agency reported. Oliver Varhelyi said his primary goal has always...

Macedonia 21.11.19 | 14:42

A quarter of the Balkan population left for the EU, RCC says

The Balkan Regional Cooperation Council estimates that five million people from the six Western Balkan countries have emigrated to the European Union in the past seven years. According to Majlinda Bregu from the RCC, the demographics and emigration flows are transforming both Europe and the Balkans....

Macedonia 18.10.19 | 13:55

Hahn warns about the risk of destabilization in the Balkans

Outgoing EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn again expressed his disappointment that Macedonia and Albania were not allowed to open EU accession talks in October. Hahn warned that the move could destabilize the Balkans. EU leaders failed to live up to their commitment to open accession negotiations...

Balkans 10.09.19 | 20:02

Von der Leyen says she wants to see the Balkan countries as close to the EU as possible

The newly appointed President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said that she wants to maintain good relations with the Balkan countries in her five year term. I wish for the Western Balkans to be as close to EU as possible, Von der Leyen said, adding that the rules for joining the EU remain...

Balkans 05.06.19 | 13:37

UN report: The Balkans has the most polluted air in all of Europe

The United Nations have warned that people in the Balkans breathe the most polluted air in Europe. Concentrations of polluting materials such as PM2.5 and PM10 particles in the air in the Balkans are five times above maximum allowed levels. This, the UN environmental organization reports, affects health...

Macedonia 30.04.19 | 19:38

France presents a Balkan strategy which makes no mention of EU enlargement

The French Embassy in Macedonia published a strategy paper for the Balkans, which discusses, as President Emmanuel Macron said, stabilization but not integration of the Balkans in the European Union. The strategy solidifies French opposition to the quick opening of accession talks with Macedonia and...

Balkans 01.02.19 | 17:24

NSA says military conflict is possible in Balkans this year

The latest report by the US National Intelligence Agency, already discussed in the US Senate, mentions that there might be conflicts this year in the Balkans. According to Sputnik, the Balkans has not been mentioned during the Senate debate, but it is in the report itself. “The Western Balkans...

Macedonia 20.01.19 | 13:05

Speech about destroying America through Balkanization resonates strongly in 2019 Macedonia

Macedonian news sites widely shared the remarks of former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm broadcast on the Mark Levin show, on how to destroy a nation. While Lamm is talking about the United States in his famous 2003 remarks, his comments about how bilingualism, multiculturalism, the grievance culture,...