Comment 14 Mar 17

Balkan Politicians Seek to Profit from Macedonia’s Troubles

Macedonia’s seemingly benevolent neighbours are using ‘concern’ over the situation there for their own murky games and purposes.

Ivana Jordanovska
BIRN
Sarajevo
A group of activists has been organizing protests in Skopje “For a united Macedonia”. Photo: MIA

In the endless game of Balkan ethno-political dominoes, Macedonia’s latest struggles to form a new government are being used and misused for murky political games across the region.

For almost two weeks, a group of activists has been organizing protests in Skopje that they call “For a united Macedonia” but which actually seem against a united country, as the only real aim is to prevent the main opposition Social Democrats from forming a new government together with a group of ethnic Albanian parties.

According to the demonstrators, such a government would make Albanian an official language in the country. They are apparently unaware that this right is already ensured in Macedonia's constitution.

They also claim that such a government would press charges against Serbia for genocide against Albanians in the period of 1912 to 1956, the claim as ridiculous as it sounds.

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