Could the political crisis be an opportunity to overcome ethnic divisions in Macedonia?

Ethnic politics is central in Macedonia. Examples from the first multi-ethnic government in 1992, the interethnic protests in 1997/98, the near-civil-war in 2001, the outburst of more or less violent ethnic protests and security incidents between 2004 to 2016, including a weekend war in Kumanovo in 2015, show the importance of good interethnic relations for…

The challenge of moving from normalised dialogue to normalised relations

Five years since the beginning of the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue and three years since the signing of the ‘First Agreement of Principles Governing the Normalization of Relations’, the EU-facilitated dialogue’s record is mixed and contested. The April 2013 document establishing the parameters for including northern Kosovo within Prishtina’s legal framework, while increasing autonomy for the predominantly…

The President’s Pardon Turns Back the Clock on Macedonia’s Crisis

Photo credit (©) EPA On Tuesday, April 12, the President of Macedonia, Mr. Gjorge Ivanov, dropped a bombshell: he announced his decision to issue a pardon  to all individuals, overwhelmingly politicians, that are under investigation regarding the 2015 wire-tapping scandal under the jurisdiction of the Special Prosecutor, as well as those that were brought up against…

2016 Snap Elections will reaffirm semi-authoritarian rule in Serbia

Serbian snap Parliamentary elections will take place on April 24, as announced by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, despite the country’s next election not being due until 2018. To many outside observers this move came as an utter surprise, since Vučić’s government currently enjoys overwhelming support in the Serbian Parliament. Those surprised by recent events, however,…

Latest BiEPAG Policy Brief “Ending the Crisis in Macedonia: Who Is in the Driver’s Seat?” was presented in Macedonia on April 4-5, 2016

The Members of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BIEPAG) Nikola Dimitrov and Dane Taleski, joined by Ms. Ivana Jordanovska are the authors of the latest BiEPAG Brief “Ending the Crisis in Macedonia: Who Is in the Driver’s Seat?”. As it is noted in the brief, If ten years ago, Macedonia was a front-runner in the reform process,…