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Democracy has lost its meaning in Macedonia

Location: FYROM

Enlargement 12-10-2016

Thousands march against government in Macedonia

Several thousand people marched yesterday (11 October) along the streets of Macedonian capital Skopje protesting against the rule of conservative leader Nikola Gruevski's VMRO-DPMNE party ahead of December snap elections.
Enlargement 25-05-2016

Macedonia's EU aspirations in jeopardy

Political uncertainty in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) is leading to growing doubts over the country's capacity to meet its EU-accession targets. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 07-03-2016

Will Greece become the Calais of Europe?

Greece is at risk of becoming one giant refugee hotspot. The closure of its northern border and the continued influx of refugees from Turkey has placed Athens in a critical situation. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.
Global Europe 04-03-2016

Leaked Skopje letter exposes 'closed borders' coalition

EXCLUSIVE / A list of requests to protect external borders recently sent to several member states by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has exposed the weaknesses of the group of countries blocking an EU-wide solution of the refugee crisis.

Holding the EU together with the threat of disintegration

The dynamics of European integration have changed. The EU is no longer moving forward by its power of attraction. Its threats of exclusion have taken a similarly important place, argues Florian Trauner.

Syria fund to help refugees in Macedonia and Serbia

The Syria trust fund, used to help Syrian refugees and overstretched host communities in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq, will also be used to help the migrants who made it to Macedonia and Serbia, an EU official said on Monday (1 February).
Elections 19-01-2016

Macedonian opposition to boycott EU-mediated elections

Macedonian lawmakers voted yesterday (18 January) to dissolve parliament next month ahead of an early election in late April, in line with an EU-backed deal to end a political crisis but under threat of a boycott by the main opposition.

Juncker calls EU-Balkans mini-summit over refugee crisis

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has called a mini-summit in Brussels for Sunday (25 October) to tackle the migrant crisis along the Western Balkans route, his office said.
Enlargement 17-08-2015

Serbia fears EU will pressure Greece to recognise Kosovo

The Serbian press has speculated that one of the conditions that Greece must fulfill to receive financial assistance from the West includes recognizing Kosovo, a former Serbian province which Belgrade refuses to recognise as an independent state.
Enlargement 16-07-2015

Commission hammers out Macedonia compromise

EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn brokered a deal between the Macedonian government and opposition yesterday (15 July) to end a political crisis which had paralysed the country for months.
Enlargement 11-06-2015

Talks to end Macedonia crisis end without agreement

Macedonian political leaders failed to reach a final agreement to resolve the country's political crisis in marathon talks in Brussels yesterday (10 June), the European Union said.
Enlargement 10-06-2015

Macedonia needs new government of national unity

This week European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn has a vital chance to define the democratic standards for candidates for EU membership, and show the lines that they cannot cross, write Heather Grabbe and Goran Buldioski.
Enlargement 03-06-2015

Macedonia to hold elections by April 2016

Macedonia's political leaders agreed on Tuesday (2 June) to hold elections in early 2016 in order to overcome a deep political crisis, EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said.
Enlargement 15-05-2015

International pressure on Macedonian political elite brings no results

Macedonia's prime minister, under international pressure to resolve a political crisis in the troubled Balkan country, held talks yesterday (14 May) with opposition and ethnic Albanian party leaders.
Enlargement 23-04-2015

Wiretap scandal threatens democracy in Macedonia

Fourteen years since NATO pulled Macedonia from the brink of civil war, the ex-Yugoslav republic once hailed as a success-story of Western intervention is embroiled in a scandal that critics say has exposed its democracy as hollow, and could potentially reopen a dangerous ethnic divide.
Enlargement 15-04-2015

Waiting for EU leadership: The worsening crisis in Macedonia

The EU's reaction to the latest political crisis in Macedonia crisis has been very slow, and gives the impression that the EU seems out of touch with reality on the ground, writes Erwan Fouéré.
Europe's East 04-03-2015

Iconoclast Mogherini calls Macedonia ‘Macedonia’

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini surprised many in the press room today, when she called 'Macedonia' the country that calls itself Macedonia.
Enlargement 26-02-2015

Macedonia opposition leader says PM ordered wiretapping of journalists

Macedonia's opposition leader accused the government on Wednesday (25 February) of illegally wire-tapping around 100 journalists to cement control over the media, the latest revelation in a scandal that Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski blamed on foreign spies.
Enlargement 24-02-2015

Juncker cancels meeting with Macedonian PM over tensions

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was due to meet with Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski on Thursday in Brussels. However, a Commission spokesperson announced Monday (23 February) that the meeting has been cancelled.
Enlargement 10-02-2015

Macedonia opposition leader says PM ordered 'massive wiretapping'

Macedonia's chief opposition figure accused Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski on Monday of wire-tapping journalists, religious and opposition leaders, deepening a scandal that has engulfed the European Union candidate country in recent weeks.
Enlargement 22-01-2015

Campaigners slam Skopje for gay marriage ban

Macedonia's decision to ban same-sex marriage is a further blow to its marginalized civil society and will entrench discrimination against LGBT people in the European Union accession state, campaigners said on Wednesday (21 January).
Enlargement 08-10-2014

Enlargement report package criticises Montenegro

The yearly enlargement reports to be unveiled today (8 October) will be critical of Montenegro, mostly because Prime Minister Milo Djukanovi? has been running the country as though it were a family business, diplomats told EurActiv.

Macedonian spat marks end of Greek presidency

During his last appearance in the European Parliament in his capacity as EU President, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said he did not know about the existence of a Macedonian language, and that this tongue was created by the communists in Tito’s Yugoslavia.
Enlargement 06-05-2014

Democracy has lost its meaning in Macedonia

It may be a moot point whether Macedonia today meets the dictionary definition of a democracy – but despair is not the answer, writes Erwan Fouéré.