Tag: macedonia

Serbia Recalls All Diplomats from Macedonia, Accuses Macedonia of Illegal Surveillance

The latest diplomatic gossip from the Balkans, where Serbia has abruptly withdrawn its entire embassy staff from Macedonia and then accused the country’s prime minister of “betraying Serbia” and illegally bugging the Serbian president.   On Sunday night, Serbia pulled its entire embassy staff out of Macedonia. President Aleksandar Vucic claimed authorities had discovered that Skopje was…

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Op-Ed: “Doing Business” After Gruevski

“Big mountains are shivering, and a mouse is born at the end” – Balkan proverb The new government of Macedonia led by freshly appointed Prime Minister Zoran Zaev of the Social Democratic party, SDSM, will be expected to “undo” the damage caused by former premier Nikola Gruevski’s conservative nationalist party…

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Countdown to Slovenia’s 2017 Presidential Election

The Slovenian presidential election picked up a bit of unexpected momentum in the past ten days or so with the emergence of what seem to be the two most credible challengers to current #instapresident Borut Pahor to date.   Marjan Šarec (left) and Milan Jazbec (right) are challenging president Borut Pahor this…

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Investigation: Serbia’s Involvement in the Macedonian Crisis

Serbian journalist and MP Miroslav Lazanski was involved in a coordinated propaganda campaign along with members of Serbia’s intelligence service, the BIA, aimed at mobilizing public support for Macedonia’s ex-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and Russia in Macedonia. Lazanski describes these claims as false, and says that he was only doing his job as a…

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We Asked: What’s Next for Macedonia?

Yesterday, President Gjorgje Ivanov finally granted former opposition leader Zoran Zaev a mandate to form a new government, effectively ending a two-year political crisis. But much work remains to be done. We asked people in Macedonia about what’s next for the country, what kinds of challenges the new government is likely to…

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Op-Ed: Half Truths & Gangster Politics

Unless we acknowledge the gravity of events in Macedonia, the final victim of violence across the Balkans will be democracy itself, argues Rudina Hajdari.   After more than 1 year without a government — and several months of serious political instability — Macedonia has been shaken by the most significant…

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