Balkan Crises Solved within 24 Hours

Balkan Crises Solved within 24 Hours

It seems that within the last 24 hours, the “solution” to the crises in the Balkan countries has been found. Following back-to-back meetings and international pressure – Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hoyt Brian Yee, EU Representative Federica Mogherini, Commissioner Johannes Hahn, European People’s Party Vice-President David McAllister, MEP Knut Fleckenstein, and EU and US ambassadors […]

Ivanov Surrenders, Expected to Give Zaev Mandate Today

Ivanov Surrenders, Expected to Give Zaev Mandate Today

Macedonian President Gjorgje Ivanov is expected today to give SDSM leader Zoran Zaev a mandate to form a new government. Since the general elections of December 11, 2016, Macedonia has been in a deep political crisis, with President Ivanov consistently refusing to give former opposition leader Zaev a mandate to form a new government with […]

Macedonian Speaker Xhaferi Sets Deadline to President Ivanov

Macedonian Speaker Xhaferi Sets Deadline to President Ivanov

The recently elected Speaker of the Macedonian Parliament Telat Xhaferi has sent a second letter to President Gjorgje Ivanov asking him to give SDSM leader Zoran Zaev a mandate to form a majority government consisting of his social-democratic party and the Albanian minority parties within ten days. Although the office of President Ivanov has confirmed […]

US Urges Macedonian Leaders to Form New Government

US Urges Macedonian Leaders to Form New Government

According to Reuters, the United States urged Macedonian leaders on Monday to end a political stalemate and allow the parliamentary majority made up of Social Democrats and parties representing ethnic Albanians to form a new government. Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs of the US Hoyt Brian Yee during a visit in Macedonia […]

The Atlantic Explains the Macedonian Crisis

The Atlantic has published a broad overview of the origins of the current Macedonian crisis and the violence in Parliament. [Florian] Bieber [director of the Center for Southeast European Studies in Graz] said that EU leaders have continued to work with Balkan leaders showing autocratic tendencies because they have prioritized stability over democracy, (he has dubbed […]

Protesters Invade Macedonian Parliament

Protesters Invade Macedonian Parliament

Yesterday supporters of Nikola Gruevski’s VMRO-DPMNE stormed the Macedonian parliament, attacking future Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, head of the SDSM. The protest erupted after the parliamentary majority led by Zaev’s social-democratic party elected a new speaker of parliament, Talat Xhaferi of the Albanian minority party BDI. National television stations transmitted live images of the attack against […]

Minister Bushati to Macedonia: “We Offer Friendly Advice”

Minister Bushati to Macedonia: “We Offer Friendly Advice”

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ditmir Bushati has today responded to the accusations of Macedonian politicians that Albanian is intervening in the internal affairs of Macedonia. In a press conference, Minister Bushati said: Albania is not involved in Macedonia, but offers friendly advice. Macedonian President Gjorgje Ivanov has again refused to give SDSM leader Zoran Zaev a […]

EU Watches Powerlessly As Balkan Countries Recede into Crisis

EU Watches Powerlessly As Balkan Countries Recede into Crisis

As the EU is falling prey to internal destructive forces such as the Brexit and the rise of nationalism, it continues to lose grip on the political situation in Balkan countries, with possibly disastrous consequences. Consecutive visits of High Representative Federica Mogherini, Commissioner Johannes Hahn, and finally EU President Donald Tusk were unable to persuade Macedonian […]

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