Macedonia has yet to face up to what happened in its 2001 conflict with Albanian rebels, says Biljana Vankovska, an advocate for Balkan reconciliation initiative RECOM.
Before his controversial appointment as defence minister, Talat Xhaferi received a suspended jail sentence for obstructing a policeman in his duties, Balkan Insight can reveal.
A political crisis has led to ethnic tensions and street violence in Macedonia, while leaders who could combat prejudice and nationalism have been fanning the flames instead.
A row has erupted over the appointment of former ethnic Albanian rebel commander turned politician Talat Xhaferi as Macedonia’s new defence minister.
The Albanian prime minister’s efforts to reinvent himself as a model patriot before elections this year might be purely opportunistic but could stoke tensions and alienate key allies.
With four verdicts passed this year the ICTY brought justice to some ex-Yugoslav states, while some say that already endangered regional cooperation touched new low.
The head of Macedonia's Helsinki Human Rights Committee, Uranija Pirovska, says that the new lustration law violates the recommendations of the Council of Europe and is manifestly intended to silence and intimidate government critics.
Whether or not the current crisis between the country’s two ruling parties is real or artificial, the denouement cannot be delayed for much longer.
More than a decade after its adoption, the Ohrid Framework has become a part of history and it is time now to start a debate on the future.
Eleven years since the 2001 Ohrid Peace Accord, the painful issue of Macedonians kidnapped during the conflict remains unsettled, and the bodies of some victims remain stuck at the forensic institute.
Forget the row with Greece over Alexander. What now has Macedonians at odds are new monuments resembling, or commemorating, historic figures linked to Bulgaria.
Thousands of Kosovo Roma are still living as refugees in neighboring Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro, where they face the prospect of permanent statelessness, poverty and social exclusion.
Thirty two years after his death, the cult of personality built around Josip Broz Tito in history teaching across the old Yugoslavia has been replaced with narrower, nationalistic interpretations.
Sticking to the path of European integration offers the best hope for Macedonia to overcome the tensions aggravated by the recent killings in Skopje, says the Vice-Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs.
While police confidently claim that radical Islamist were behind the recent mass killing in Skopje, some experts feel far from persuaded.