Tag: Nikola Gruevski

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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Op-ed: The Candidate That Got Captured

Reflecting on ten years of Macedonia’s often tumultuous political evolution, Ivana Jordanovska asks whether the country is on the right track as it prepares for this spring’s historic elections. On December 17th, 2005, Macedonia was granted candidate country status for EU membership. For the small state of two million, it…

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A Deal Which is not a Deal: Macedonia’s Ride on the Wild Side

With the corruption of the deep state, where even primary school teachers are involved in electoral fraud, what good will a few changes in ministerial echelons serve? Shuffling a few positions fails to address the grave disturbances of the democratic order in the country – it can only serve to…

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Time to Pull Out the Stick

The EU has rewarded superficial reforms and tolerated undemocratic, if not outright despotic leadership in the Balkans for far too long. It’s time for that to change, and there’s no better place to begin than in Macedonia.At a recent regional conference on the Western Balkans, I heard an outgoing Minister…

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Postcard from Skopje: No Last Orders

It had grown so late on Tuesday night that it had become Wednesday morning. Two bars had called time on us, a third had already closed its shutters by the time we reached it. Apparently there was only one option left to us, just around the corner. It was dark,…

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Op-Ed: Countdown Gruevski

“As Gruevski’s days are counting down and our eyes turn toward Macedonia, I hope that the beautiful image of the Macedonian and Albanian flags together will meet a real awakening that would be an example to be followed, not just in Macedonia but across the Balkans,” writes Alida Karakushi.While the…

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Postcard from Skopje: The Melancholy Revolution

“I think this is a melancholy revolution,” Giovanni said on Thursday evening, and I knew what he meant. There is an ennui in the air that seems to creep into everyone. Zoran Zaev has called his big protest for this Sunday. Estimated attendance ranges from 20,000 to 50,000 but we…

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