North Macedonia

North Macedonia Tests Corona-Safe Election in School

A woman rides a bicycle in front of an electoral billboard of Zoran Zaev, leader of the main ruling Social Democrats. Photo: EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI North Macedonia on Wednesday tested the safety protocols that should be in place for next Wednesday’s early general election with a mock vote in a school …

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Mystery Wiretaps Disrupt North Macedonia Election Campaign

Social Democrats leader Zoran Zaev. Archive photo: EPA-EFE / GEORGI LICOVSKI After dozens of covertly recorded conversations implicating various senior figures from the ruling parties in controversies and possible wrongdoings appeared lately on YouTube, Zoran Zaev said his Social Democratic Party, SDSM, had filed criminal charges against the unknown publishers. …

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Dating Apps Help Balkans Rekindle Love in the Time of Corona

In other Balkan countries, dating apps are used more sparingly, even under the present circumstances of movement restrictions and curfews. One such place is North Macedonia, where romantic courtship is still conducted in a predominantly conservative manner. A source working in the adult online dating industry tells BIRN that the use …

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North Macedonia: Facebook Pages Target Users with ‘Identical Content’

According to the research, the first network consisted of seven Facebook pages that were amplifying articles published by Republika Online, Kurir, Denesen and Vistina.  Vistina is a tabloid and doesn’t cover political topics. The remaining three mainly report on political issues and feature pro-VMRO-DPMNE views. All are owned by the …

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