Trading with the neighbours - we show you how Macedonian companies are trying to make the most of their strategic location in the heart of the Balkans. Do you believe in miracles? We tell you why believers at Skopje’s Sveti Dimitrije Church do. Finally, Vladimiri Franz, a young rock musician shows you the many faces of the Macedonian capital Skopje.
As ethnic tensions mount, threatening to derail Skopje’s EU bid, we find out why Macedonian Slavs and ethnic Albanians remain at loggerheads ten years after the country found itself on the brink of civil war. We also tell you why Brussels has raised the alarm about media freedom. Finally, we meet Gligor Cemerski, one of Macedonia’s most prolific painters.
It’s arrivederci for Il Cavaliere. Silvio Berlusconi pays the price for Italy's cash flow problems and steps down as prime minister. In Germany, police accidentally discover a neo-Nazi terrorist group, thought to be responsible for murders spanning a decade. Finally, as Macedonians celebrate 20 years of independence, a symbolic statue raises hackles in Athens.
Twenty years after its independence, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is still seeing its EU membership negotiations stall over a longstanding name dispute with Greece. Skopje’s recent urban facelift has only added fuel to the fire. We also tell you why a national census requested by the EU has had to be abandoned. And we give you a taste of the local cuisine, often described as the Balkans' finest.
The web wonders about the identity of a Syrian-American blogger detained in Syria. Citizens take to the streets of Macedonia to denounce police brutality. And a woman has pictures of her Facebook friends tattooed on her arm.
From Skopje to Tetovo...we meet Macedonia’s large Albanian community. We also go south to the town of Bitola, well-known for its dentists, and whose shops have become a magnet for Greek tourists. Finally, we take a stroll to the stunning lakeside town of Ohrid.
Europe District takes you to Macedonia, a former Yugoslav republic whose long-standing name dispute with Greece has hampered Skopje’s progress towards EU and NATO membership. We also show you why a row over media freedom has prompted snap elections in the country, and we drink coffee with Esma Redzepova, Queen of the Gypsies.