Tag: the future

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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Roma Youth: A Glimmer of Hope

Suad Skenderi on a future for young Roma in Europe.   Roma have lived in Europe since the 12th century,  arriving in several waves of migration[1]. They played a crucial role in the nation-building processes in almost every European state. Their contributions have been documented in every area of society, including cultural…

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Op-Ed: Protests, Post-Communism and Compromise in Albania

Edi Rama’s European Albania is a public relations fantasy. It is a nation-state which exists only in the mind of two dozen politicians and publicists—whose only concern is paying lip-service to the European Union’s accession requirements. The opposition Democratic Party are protesting in Tirana because we want Albania to be…

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It’s Not About Draža, Stupid!

“The main function of the rehabilitation of Serbian Chetnik General Draža Mihailović is to provide a new framework for interpreting the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s,” argues Milorad Lazic. In a clip that became public in 2005, video footage shows several members of a Serbian (para)military unit, the Scorpions, killing six…

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The Roma: A Different Story

 “Ignorance has hindered any possibility for the achievement of equality and has rendered the struggle of Roma invisible,” Suad Skenderi says. Now it’s time for a new way of looking at things.Roma, a widely dispersed group of people living in most of the countries of Europe. Infamous for the majority, forgotten by…

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Who’s to Blame in Macedonia?

Suad Skenderi of Romalitico says that Macedonia “bloomed with the existence of multiculturalism, solidarity, tolerance, dignity and respect”. Determining the country’s future in the face of wiretapping scandals and attacks by small groups of alleged extremists, he argues, isn’t just the responsibility of Macedonians or Albanians, but of Roma, Turks…

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