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Albanian parties impose conditions on Zaev

By   7 hours ago

The two Albanian coalitions, Alliance for Albanians and BESA Movement have expressed their readiness to back Zoran Zaev in receiving a mandate to form the government. But these two coalitions have made it clear that their participation is conditioned by the fulfillment of their conditions. Ziadin Sela of the Alliance for Albanians said that he […]

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BDI doesn’t rule out the possibility of remaining in opposition

By   8 hours ago

The leader of BDI (Democratic Union for Integration), Ali Ahmeti has declared today that the party that he chairs is looking into the possibility of remaining in opposition. Ahmeti declared this before the meeting of the party’s steering committee. “A possible option is for BDI to remain in opposition”, was Ahmeti’s declaration. The BDI leader […]

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Let us hope that after the referendum Turkey will face its responsibilities, Anastasiades says

By   8 hours ago

  Let us hope, to the extent that this can be permitted to us anymore, that after the referendum (in April, in Turkey) it will not be possible, at long last, for pretexts to be used in order for Turkey to avoid its responsibilities, said today the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Nicos […]

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Reforms of the left wing in Albania

By   9 hours ago

Reform of the territory, pensions, economy accompanied by austere measures against informality and against electricity theft, judicial reform and educational reform, have been some of the main reforms that the left wing has managed to implement up until now after three and a half years in power The first word to be used was “Renaissance”. […]

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Albania: Rama and Basha make concessions

By   9 hours ago

“The electronic ballot counting is possible and we have no problems with it, but electronic ballot counting is fully compensated by the opening of ballot boxes”, said the PM Yesterday, debates in parliament were held in a state of almost double boycott. The opposition was not present in these debates, while all SMI lawmakers left, […]

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Kosovo’s threatened on the issue of demarcation, USA reacts

By   9 hours ago

A governing majority MP in Kosovo has received a threat for her life, ahead of the voting for the border demarcation agreement between Kosovo and Montenegro in the parliament of Kosovo. “This will be the fate of MPs and political leaders if demarcation is voted”, reads the inscription of a photograph with sensitive content sent […]

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Bulgaria elections 2017: Former nationalist MEP is candidate for ‘Turkish party’

By   12 hours ago

  In one of the most astonishing twists in Bulgaria’s 2017 early parliamentary elections, Slavi Binev – formerly a member of the European Parliament for Volen Siderov’s far-right Ataka party and once its candidate for mayor of Sofia – is standing as a candidate for the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, the party led and […]

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IBNA Op-Ed/Populism for the people or for political credit?

By   12 hours ago

By Sonja Stojadinovic The last 11 years in Macedonia have been mixed with a provincial type, xenophobic and social-economic populism, which has nothing to do with the interests and needs of the people, but with those who submit to the will of the elites. Macedonian politics is flooded by political stunts, where one often hears […]

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IBNA Analysis/Economic developments at the focus of Premier Rama

By   12 hours ago

By Edison Kurani The Albanian Prime Minister is trying to “keep his feet on the ground”, while analyzing the economic developments in the country during the last three and a half years, since the left wing came in power. Rama compares several figures with the 8 years in office of the right wing and estimates […]

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Tsakalotos defends handling of negotiations with creditors

By   1 day ago

  Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos defended the results of the latest Eurogroup meeting for Greece which resulted in direct talks with creditors resuming in Athens next week. The minister rejected criticism that his handling of talks with creditors are likely to result in a fresh round of austerity, arguing that Athens will make reforms […]

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 Tsipras holds telephone conversation with Lagarde

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  Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held a conversation over the telephone with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, on the eve of the latter’s meeting with the German Chancellor in Berlin. In their telephone conversation, according to government sources, they discussed that Greece has taken steps in changing the financial mixture the IMF requests for […]

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Russians and Chinese “champions” in Greek Golden Visas

By   1 day ago

  The Greek Golden Visa program providing a permit to reside in Greece to investors of over 250,000 euros in the country has generated great interest. Those who have most utilized the program are the Chinese and Russians. Investments may involve either real estate or business activity and permits are granted to investors / residents […]

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Government eyes ENFIA tax reform

By   2 days ago

  The Greek Finance Ministry is working on a set of so called “countermeasures” it will propose to creditors, aimed at offsetting the extra austerity which is expected to be imposed in order to make sure fiscal targets are met. According to government sources, for every euro resulting from the lowering of the tax-free threshold, […]

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Where Athens and creditors stand following Eurogroup agreement

By   3 days ago

  Following Monday’s Eurogroup meeting in Brussels, several conclusions could be drawn as to what the Greek government took away and what remains to be done in terms of the review of Greece’s bailout program. It is now clear that there was no “political agreement” to wrap up the review as the Greek government hoped. […]

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Athens agrees to legislate more measures; creditors set to return

By   4 days ago

Prior to a crucial Eurogroup meeting on Monday evening, an agreement was reached an agreement was reached during a meeting in Brussels, in which participants included Greek Finance Minister Tsakalotos, Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem, European Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, Eureopean Stability Mechanism chief Klaus Regling and other representatives of Greece’s creditors. The Greek side […]

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Athens hoping for “political agreement” at crucial Eurogroup meeting

By   5 days ago

Greek Finance Minister will attend a crucial Eurogroup meeting on Monday hoping for “a political agreement” to wrap up the review of its bailout program, having pointed out in recent weeks that “delays are not in the benefit of Greece or Europe”. Over the last few days, deliberations have continued between Greek government officials and […]

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Farmers in BiH have a chance for export if the state pays incentives

By   6 hours ago

  EU Special Representative Office held the last of forums about the development perspectives of BiH agriculture in BiH. The last one was held in city of Trebinje and gathered large number of farmers in this area. In the last several months, ten successful forums were held across BiH and brought together more than 1,500 […]

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Political situation paralyzes Kosovo’s economy

By   13 hours ago

The political and constitutional situation is hindering economic development in Kosovo. The lack of political dialogue and dysfunction of parliament has led to a drop in the number of foreign investors in the country. According to official data from the Bank of Kosovo, direct foreign investments have not seen a solid growth during PM Isa […]

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Athens Airport gets Automated Passport Control Units

By   1 day ago

  Athens Airport will acquire e-gates, automatic passenger passport control and passenger identification gates, (Automated Border Control Units), in 2017 and will reach the standards of many large international airports and railway stations. These systems used in the departure and arrival of passengers to and from countries outside the Schengen Treaty, are expected to operate […]

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Russians and Chinese “champions” in Greek Golden Visas

By   1 day ago

  The Greek Golden Visa program providing a permit to reside in Greece to investors of over 250,000 euros in the country has generated great interest. Those who have most utilized the program are the Chinese and Russians. Investments may involve either real estate or business activity and permits are granted to investors / residents […]

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HURS says Croatia fails to create conditions for long-term growth

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  The Croatian Association of Workers’ Trade Unions (HURS) warned on Thursday that a report which the European Commission released on Wednesday showed that Croatia had failed to create conditions for a long-term economic growth, adding that the situation in the Podravka food company suggested the continuation of the trend of shutting down jobs in […]

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Business sector in Albania against the tax amnesty

By   1 day ago

The Albanian government has approved a financial package that grants amnesty for a number of taxes and other obligations that businesses owe to the state. This incentive was announced today by the minister of Finance, Arben Ahmetaj. He said that “the government has decided to grant an amnesty for a part of unpaid tax and […]

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Kosovo joins the Enterprise Innovation Fund (ENIF)

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Government of Kosovo has signed an agreement which makes it a member of the Enterprise Innovation Fund (ENIF). This agreement enables the government of Kosovo to increase the total investments fund for small and medium sized enterprises, with a technological potential from Western Balkans, by 40 million euros. Minister of Trade and Industry, Hykmete Bajrami […]

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Internationalization of businesses in FYROM

By   4 days ago

44 companies in FYROM have signed cooperation contracts with foreign companies during the period 2015-2016, while 182 foreign companies have sought cooperation with domestic companies through the European Network for Business Opportunities. These figures have been issued by Macedonian Chamber of Commerce. Sofce Jovanovska of this chamber said that this network enables cooperation in the […]

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Akinci will not attend the meeting of the leaders scheduled for Thursday

By   2 days ago

  The United nations informed the President of the Republic of Cyprus today that the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community will not attend the meeting of the leaders scheduled for tomorrow, said the Government Spokesman, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, today. In his remarks to reporters following the meeting of the President of the Republic, Mr […]

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Bulgaria targets early-2018 to begin construction on Greece gas inter-connector

By   2 days ago

  Bulgaria’s Energy Ministry was drafting the necessary tender documentation to pick a contractor that would build the gas inter-connector pipeline between Greece and Bulgaria, targeting early 2018 for the start of construction, caretaker Energy Minister Nikolai Pavlov said on February 22. Pavlov’s comments were made during a meeting with his Azeri counterpart Nigat Aliyev […]

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50 million euros for energy, an agreement is signed between 6 states

By   2 weeks ago

Two agreements for renewable energy sources with a value of 50 million euros were signed today in the meeting held between ministers of Western Balkan countries in Skopje. The ministers of the six countries of the region said that the reforms in the energy sector are necessary. The agreements were also signed by representatives of […]

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The blockade of the Greek farmers, FYROM is alarmed about the oil crisis

By   2 weeks ago

Today is the 11th day that Greek farmers or blocking the border crossing point of “Evzoni” with FYROM as a sign of protest against tax and pension reforms. The blockade has led to many transporters from FYROM to remain on the border, especially lorries that carry fuel from Greece to FYROM. Biljana Muratovska of the […]

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Costly fuel pushes up annual inflation to 1.3% in January

By   3 weeks ago

Fuelled by higher prices of petroleum products, Slovenia’s annual inflation rate rose to 1.3% in January, an increase of 0.8 percentage points on the month before. The annual spike comes after three years of low inflation and despite a 0.6% monthly drop in consumer prices, fresh data from the Statistics Office shows. Year-on-year, prices of […]

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Three Chinese chief specialists disappear in an Albanian mine

By   3 weeks ago

Three Chinese chief specialists have gone missing for the past three days after they were blocked under the ground during a gas explosion in a mineral well in the mine of Bulqiza in the northeast of the Albania. The event took place on level 21 of the chrome mine in Bulqiza during the works taking […]

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Albanian government annuls the concession with “Transatlantic Albania”

By   3 weeks ago

The Albanian government has annulled the concessionary agreement with the oil company “Transatlantic Albania”. By annulling this concession, the government has taken two oil wells that Transatlantic Albania exploited and has transferred them to the state owned company Albpetrol. These are two wells located in the area of Gorisht and Cakran. The decision was taken […]

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“CEZ case”, testimony of the sun of former PM Berisha is required

By   3 weeks ago

The parliamentary committee which is inquiring on the privatization of OSHEE company by the Czech company CEZ, has requested a testimony from the family of the former Prime Minister. The committee has demanded to summon Shkelzen Berisha, son of former democrat PM, Sali Berisha, to testify. The head of the committee for the Privatization of […]

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Serbia cannot prevent Kosovo’s accession in the UNESCO

By   9 hours ago

Kosovo will become a member of UNESCO and Serbia cannot prevent it. This was said during the forum “UNESCO and Serbia’s cultural heritage” which was held in Pristina. The meeting stressed that Kosovo is obliged to act in line with the provisions of Ahtisaari’s plan in relation to the Serb Orthodox Church and its heritage. […]

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Director Nikos Koundouros passes away, aged 90

By   2 days ago

  Greek film and television director Nikos Koundouros passed away on Wednesday, at the age of 90. Koundouros had been admitted to hospital with respiratory complaints in recent weeks. Born in Athens in December 1926, to a family originally hailing from Crete, Koundouros was counted among the most notable modern Greek directors, while his 1956 […]

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Kosovo becomes a member if IFACCA

By   4 days ago

Kosovo has just become a member of another cultural mechanism. Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport has received the confirmation for accession in the International Federation of Arts Culture and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA), which is part of a global network of art councils and ministries of cultures, with member organizations in over 70 countries. Kosovo’s […]

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“The lesson”, a play premiered in Kumanovo

By   4 days ago

“The lesson”, a play directed by the Kosovar director, Ilirjan Himaj and written by Eugen Ionesko, was premiered in the theater of Kumanovo. Director Himaj says that the play belongs to the French avant-garde theater, talks about a teenage student who is very fond of studying. “The need for knowledge puts a student in front […]

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The freedom of speech is on

By   2 weeks ago

  Our journey began four years ago. That’s when the Independent Balkan News Agency (IBNA), against all odds, embarked on a lonely and difficult journey during a tumultuous period. This was indeed a lonely road because IBNA was trying to do something which most thought was ludicrous; IBNA was going to bring the people of […]

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Days of the Chinese film in Skopje

By   2 weeks ago

The days of thre Chinese film are being held in Skopje on the occasion of Chinese holidays. This activity is being held by the “Confucius” Institute, part of the “Saint Cyril and Methodus” in Skopje. Five Chinese films will be shown as part of these activities, but an exhibition with sculptures has also opened on […]

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Unlawful excavations in Apollonia

By   2 weeks ago

The head of the Apollonia National Park in Fier has been arrested by police following the theft of 230 archaeological objects found in its territory. Along with the director, police have also arrested several people who have carried out unlawful excavations, but the inquest also includes the head of the park. Police confirmed that “a […]

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Kosovar-British film “Home” wins a BAFTA award

By   2 weeks ago

Kosovar-British film “Home” has won the BAFTA award for the best short film category. The film directed and produced by Daniel Mulloy, starring Jack O’Connell, Holliday Grainger, Arta Dobroshi and others, handles the topic of war refugees through the characters of a British family that leaves the country to travel toward a country in war. […]

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Zaborski wins the bronze medal in the Karate European Championship

By   1 day ago

Petar Zaborski, FYROM’s karate fighter for the under 21s, has won a bronze medal in the European Championship for juniors which was held in Sofia. The 21 year sportsman has been received by the Government Agency for Youth and Sport, which has allocated a 2 year scholarship. Karate fighter Zaborski and his coach, Arlind Huseini […]

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Sigal Prishtina wins Kosovo’s Cup

By   4 days ago

“Sigal Prishtina” basketball club has won Kosovo’s Cup, after defeating Pec 77-66 in the final. The match between the two rivals saw an intensive start and the first quarter ended 18-18. In the second quarter, the club from Pec played a better game, ending this part 35-40 in their favor. In the third and fourth […]

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Kosovo wins two medals in Paris

By   2 weeks ago

Kosovo has been presented in the best way possible in the international judo championship held in Paris. Judo fighter from Kosovo, Majlinda Kelmendi won a golden medal after defeating Natsumi Tsunoda from Japan in the final. On her way to the final, Kelmendi had defeated the Canadian Ecaterina Guica in the quarter final and the […]

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President of FSHF is a candidate for UEFA’s Executive Committee

By   2 weeks ago

Armand Duka is expected to be one of the members of the UEFA Executive Committee. In its meeting, the Executive Committee of the highest governing body of European football, has approved the candidacy of the president of the Albanian Football Association (FSHF). UEFA’s Executive Committee will be elected by the April 5 elections which will […]

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FIFA ranks FYROM on the 165th position

By   2 weeks ago

FYROM’s football national team continues to mark a drop in the FIFA ranking. In the last ranking that has been published, the country has lost three spots, ranking 165th. Macedonian Football Association has not commented the constant drop in ranking, but football specialists have stressed that FYROM’s national team has constantly changed coaches and has […]

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IBNA Interview/Kosovo mountaineers ready for the mission of their life, to conquer Everest

By   2 weeks ago

For three years, they have been training for the most important mission of their lives. They are four mountaineers from Kosovo who have only one desire for 2017, to conquer Everest, the highest peak in the world. The expedition is expected to lead to Nepal at the end of March, while return to Kosovo is […]

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Albanian Cup matches

By   3 weeks ago

Yesterday, the quarter final matches of the Albanian Cup were played yesterday. Laci played against Skenderbeu of Korca and the match ended 1-1. In Shkodra, the home team Vllaznia defeated Teuta of Durres 1-0. In Vlora, Flamurtari was defeated by Beselidhja of Lezha 1-2. In the capital, Tirana won against Kukes 2-1. The Albanian Cup […]

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Elections for the head of MFA, Jonuz’s candidacy is contested

By   3 weeks ago

The steering committee of the Macedonian Football Association has rejected Mirsad Jonuz’s candidacy for the head of this association. Jonuz, who is a former known player, has been nominated by the Football Association in Tetovo in the meeting held during the weekend. The Association’s steering committee said that this meeting was associated with many irregularities […]

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Farmers in BiH have a chance for export if the state pays incentives

By   6 hours ago

  EU Special Representative Office held the last of forums about the development perspectives of BiH agriculture in BiH. The last one was held in city of Trebinje and gathered large number of farmers in this area. In the last several months, ten successful forums were held across BiH and brought together more than 1,500 […]

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Most Bulgarian school pupils are learning English as a second language, Russian runs second

By   9 hours ago

Close to 99 per cent of Bulgarian school pupils are learning a second language, and of these, 87 per cent are studying English, according to figures for the year 2015 released by European Union statistics office Eurostat. Just more than 83 per cent of school pupils in Bulgaria were learning a single second language, while […]

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Education Minister: 143 refugee children studying at Bulgarian schools

By   11 hours ago

  A total of 143 refugee children are studying at Bulgarian schools, caretaker Education Minister Nikolai Denkov told a conference on February 24 2017 on problems and solutions in integration through educational systems. Twenty-four children were enrolled in kindergartens, Denkov said. Children seeking or having international protection need education and a profession, but also need […]

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Russians and Chinese “champions” in Greek Golden Visas

By   1 day ago

  The Greek Golden Visa program providing a permit to reside in Greece to investors of over 250,000 euros in the country has generated great interest. Those who have most utilized the program are the Chinese and Russians. Investments may involve either real estate or business activity and permits are granted to investors / residents […]

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Croatia-Hungary committee on minorities meets after four-year hiatus

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  The Croatia-Hungary Intergovernmental Committee for the implementation of the agreement on the protection of the rights of the respective ethnic minorities met in Zagreb on Thursday after a four-year hiatus. The 13th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee “is a clear indicator of progress in relations between our respective states,” said Zvonko Milas, state secretary […]

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Kosovo: Children who beg are victims of criminal groups

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In Kosovo, the percentage of children from the age of five to the age of 17 who work is 10.7%, while 6.8% of them work in dangerous conditions. The main reason that children beg relates to the miserable economic and social situation. A part of the children are forced by their parents to beg on […]

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OP-ED/To die like a good patriot!

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By Alfred Peza“Positive news, curiosities, news from the lives of renowned people, fashion, social-economic news, cultural, artistic and sport news, human stories, success stories, reportages, etc, are considered, according to serious studies, as professional genres that target large audiences in countries with a developed tradition in the media We must encourage the expansion of the […]

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Strike in the railway system paralyzes transport

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The Macedonian Railway workers’ strike has entered its sixth day. The strike has paralyzed railway links, while workers do not withdraw from their requests for the payment of two unpaid salaries. “We will continue our strike unless they pay us the December and January salaries. Up until now there is no agreement”, the Railway Workers’ […]

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