Macedonia Refuses To Be Called FYROM

Macedonia Refuses To Be Called FYROM

The Macedonian government of Zoran Zaev has declared that it will refuse to stick to the acronym FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) as its official name, stating that the name has nothing to do with the Macedonian language and looks more like a sci-fi name. In a press conference in Brussels together with EU officials, […]

Former Macedonian PM under Investigation

Former Macedonian PM under Investigation

In Macedonia, Chief Prosecutor of the Special Prosecutor’s Office Katica Janeva announced that 94 persons will be investigated in relation to the wiretapping scandal that brought down the Gruevski government in late 2015. The Special Prosecutor raised accusations of abuse of office, manipulation of property, illegal party financing, and the illegal destruction of wiretapping devices […]

Macedonia Has New Gov’t, 8 Albanian Ministers

Macedonia Has New Gov’t, 8 Albanian Ministers

After six months of deep political crisis, the Macedonian Parliament voted yesterday night for a new government led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, the leader of the left-wing SDSM party. The new cabinet was voted with 62 votes in favor, 44 against, and 5 abstentions, after two days of heavy debates between the VRMO-DPMNE, the […]

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 […]

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