Sat, May 18 2013
Nikola Gruevski, prime minister of Macedonia
Hundreds of Macedonians cheered as a crane lowered the statue of Alexander astride a horse. The statue is part of the Macedonian government's efforts to improve the appearance of the capital city Skopje.
Sergey Lavrov visited Macedonia as part of a Balkan tour that includes stops in Serbia, Montenegro and Slovenia.
International Court of Justice hearings on Skopje’s complaint against Athens about the Nato invitation issue underway, while Macedonia heads for early elections, expected some time in June.
At the same time, MEPs expressed concern about the growing inter-ethnic tensions in Macedonia, as well as deep problems in the political culture.
The meeting also sought to ascertain whether there are areas that should be explored further and 'to determine the next steps in the process with the overall goal of reaching a speedy resolution to the name issue'.
Opposition parties boycott parliament after action against television station
The Balkans and beyond in 2010
Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov, interviewed by The Sofia Echo Editor-in-Chief Clive Leviev-Sawyer, on the Western Balkans, the Middle East, Schengen and the Lisbon Treaty. An edited transcript:
Accession talks can start only after Skopje and Athens achieve a mutually satisfactory solution to the dispute about the use of the name Macedonia, Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says.
Governments in Prague and Bucharest could soon join Sofia in instituting temporary moratoriums on shale gas exploration.
Coalition around ruling Democratic Party has largest share of vote in Serbia's parliamentary election, according to exit polls.
Centre-right New Democracy is said by exit polls to have largest share of votes, but diminished even from its 2009 defeat, while socialists Pasok – the 2009 victors – gets somewhere around 14 to 17 per cent.
An agreement reached with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will allow voters with dual citizenship in Kosovo to vote in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Serbia.
Twenty radical Muslims suspected of being members of a terrorist group that has been linked to the murder of five fishermen in early April.