Misha Popovikj

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    Violence in the Macedonian parliament: What happened and how should the EU respond?

Violence in the Macedonian parliament: What happened and how should the EU respond?

Macedonia’s opposition leader, Zoran Zaev, was among a number of people injured after protesters stormed the country’s parliament building on 27 April and attacked MPs. Misha Popovikj argues that the violence, which emerged after Zaev attempted to form a new coalition that would have excluded the incumbent VMRO-DPMNE party, should be the final straw for the international community and […]

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    Macedonia’s election has opened the door to finally tackling the country’s corruption problem

Macedonia’s election has opened the door to finally tackling the country’s corruption problem

Macedonia held elections on 11 December which took place against the backdrop of a major political crisis. Misha Popovikj assesses the results of the election, writing that although it remains unclear which parties will be able to form the next government, there has been a clear shift in the balance of power which opens the door to tackling corruption among elected […]

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    Macedonia’s political crisis: Make or break for civil society

Macedonia’s political crisis: Make or break for civil society

Macedonia has experienced a period of civic unrest following a pardon issued by president Gjorge Ivanov to all the political figures incriminated in a wiretapping scandal that emerged in 2015. Misha Popovikj states that while the immediate cause of the unrest is relatively straightforward, the roots of the discontent are far more complex. He argues that it is not yet time to resume EU-brokered negotiations, and […]

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    Choosing stability over reforms: Why Macedonia’s elections should be delayed

Choosing stability over reforms: Why Macedonia’s elections should be delayed

Following an EU-brokered agreement to solve a prolonged political crisis, Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski handed in his resignation on 15 January, with a date for new elections being set for 24 April. This has in turn provoked a reaction from the main opposition party, which resumed a boycott of the Macedonian parliament, citing serious concerns over the integrity of […]

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