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macedonia-s-dui-is-heading-towards-perfect-storm
27 Mar 15

Macedonia's DUI is Heading Towards Perfect Storm

The surveillance scandal in Macedonia is inflicting enormous political damage on the government’ s Albanian partner party.

gruevski-must-resign-and-make-way-for-transition-process
23 Mar 15

Gruevski Must Resign and Make Way For Transition Process

It is time for the Macedonian Prime Minister to go - any other solution would be like rearranging the deck chairs on a sinking ship.

russia-in-the-balkans-perceptions-and-realities
17 Mar 15

Russia in the Balkans: Perceptions and Realities

The pragmatic interests of the Balkan states – which lie in the direction of Europe - are imposing limits on the Kremlin’s drive to regain influence in the region.

dissenters-challenge-gruevski-s-grip-in-macedonia
10 Mar 15

Dissenters Challenge Gruevski’s Grip in Macedonia

Critics inside Macedonia's ruling centre-right VMRO DPMNE are starting to make themselves heard - but whether they can effect change within the authoritarian party remains to be seen.

brussels-has-no-magic-wand-in-macedonia-howitt
06 Mar 15

Brussels Has no ‘Magic Wand’ in Macedonia, Howitt

Former European Parliament Rapporteur says Europe is ready to help resolve the ‘extremely serious crisis’ in Macedonia – but no ‘quick fix’ is in sight.

gruevski-has-made-a-nightmare-out-of-macedonia
27 Feb 15

Gruevski Has Made a Nightmare out of Macedonia

A government that conducts spying operations on this scale has not only lost credibility; it has lost the right to govern.

the-proof-is-around-you-mr-hahn
18 Feb 15

The ‘Proof’ is Around You, Mr Hahn

The Commissioner’s latest words on Serbia and Macedonia show that the EU is unfortunately sticking to a policy of turning a blind eye to disturbing developments in the Balkans.

veil-of-secrecy-shrouds-macedonia-s-fifth-sector
13 Feb 15

Veil of Secrecy Shrouds Macedonia’s Fifth Sector’

The Macedonian secret police may well have been misused for wiretapping purposes; no one has inspected its work for years, experts in security and intelligence issues told BIRN.

bombshell-will-be-published-next-week-zaev-says
06 Feb 15

Macedonia ‘Bombshell’ Will be Published Next Week, Zaev Says

The Macedonian opposition leader told BIRN that his party will start revealing the so-called political ‘bomb’ containing devastating material against the government as soon as next week.

macedonia-must-handle-coup-charge-with-integrity-melia
05 Feb 15

Macedonia Must Handle Coup Charge With ‘Integrity’, Melia

As tension escalates in Macedonia over an alleged coup attempt launched by the opposition leader, US State Department official Thomas O. Melia tells BIRN that legal standards must be observed.

a-very-macedonian-coup-d-etat
03 Feb 15

A Very Macedonian Coup d’Etat

As Gruevski buys time for his repressive regime, the opposition has only one option – to publish its supposedly sensational information and take the consequences.

kezarovski-case-shows-macedonia-has-lost-its-way
26 Jan 15

Kezarovski Case Shows Macedonia Has Lost Its Way

In its handling of both the Kezarovski case and the amendments to the constitution, the government of Nikola Gruevski has again shown its true authoritarian colours.

macedonia-court-parole-fails-to-end-kezarovski-row
23 Jan 15

Macedonia Court Parole Fails to End Kezarovski Row

A Macedonian court on Thursday paroled the jailed journalist Tomislav Kezarovski – but many questions about the case remain.

macedonia-2015-more-protests-on-the-way
12 Jan 15

Macedonia 2015: More Protests On the Way

Although the economy is showing healthy signs, that will not save the Gruevski government from another year of social and political turbulence.

the-balkan-muslim-threat-has-never-materialised
09 Jan 15

The Balkan Muslim ‘Threat’ has Never Materialised

Paradoxically, the Islamist danger is not coming from where once it was most expected - from among Muslims in the Balkans.