Category Archives: Macedonia

Nov 18 2015

Experts react: EU progress reports 2015

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On 10 November, a month later than usual, the European Commission released its annual reports on the progress achieved by EU candidate and potential candidate countries. We asked seven experts in the region to give their responses to the key … Continue reading

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Jun 9 2015

The Four Plagues of Macedonia

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What stands at the roots of the current Macedonian crisis? Thibault Boutherin takes a bird’s eye view and locates the four main problems of the country – four ‘plagues’, he calls them – in the lack of rule of law, in the ever-increasing … Continue reading

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Jun 3 2015

The EU needs to step up its involvement in the political crisis in Macedonia

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European neglect of political crises in the Western Balkans has long been lamented: many are convinced that the EU can – and should – still make a difference. The latest statements by Commissioner Hahn are arguably a step in this direction. Will it be enough? … Continue reading

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May 11 2015

Breaking Macedonia’s vicious circle

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Dimitar Bechev reflects on the recent outburst of protests in Macedonia, tracing the way popular anger has been building up in recent years. “The dramatic escalation should not surprise anyone. Macedonia has long resembled a pressure cooker”, he writes. But … Continue reading

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Feb 11 2015

Fatmir Besimi: wire-tapping scandal is taking Macedonia ‘in the opposite direction’

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Better integration among different communities and more equal spending of funds is key to Macedonia’s future, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Fatmir Besimi says in an exclusive interview with LSEE’s Tena Prelec. He talks about the recent wire-tapping revelations, the controversial education … Continue reading

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Feb 10 2015

Coup d’état or a Macedonian post-Snowden syndrome?

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Macedonian PM Gruevski has been accused of large-scale wire-tapping by opposition leader Zoran Zaev, triggering a scandal that has shaken the country. Nenad Markovikj goes through the events that led to the publication of the ‘bombshell’. Macedonian society is increasingly polarised: … Continue reading

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Dec 15 2014

The ‘Skopje 2014’ project: Rebranding a city along ethnic lines

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In recent years, Skopje underwent a process of city rebranding, reinventing itself along a past that, arguably, never was. The project was presented as a way of dignifying the city’s landscape and attracting tourists – but it mostly attracted international … Continue reading

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Oct 9 2014

Experts react: EU progress reports 2014

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On Wednesday 8 October, outgoing Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle announced the Commission’s annual reports on the progress achieved by EU candidate and potential candidate countries. Our experts give an overview of the reports’ main takeaways for each country.  James Ker-Lindsay: “Serbia: It’s time … Continue reading

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Jun 13 2014

Poposki: “We don’t want to ‘win’ against Greece – we want to be real partners”

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Gender equality, media freedom, fair elections, the South Stream pipeline, academic plagiarism and the infamous name dispute with Greece: the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Macedonia, Nikola Poposki, speaks to LSEE’s Tena Prelec and EUROPP Blog managing editor Stuart Brown.  … Continue reading

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Jun 8 2014

Referendums: A Legitimate Democratic Tool or a Mechanism for Nationalist Co-optation?

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Scholars and practitioners need to delve deeper into how referendums affect liberal democracy. They can be co-opted by various groups to advance nationalist and exclusivist political agendas, warns Maria Koinova.

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