Macedonia's veteran nationalist leader Nikola Gruevski looks set for a comeback in Sunday's (11 December) parliamentary election, posing a challenge to the European Union and its strategy of coaxing Balkan nations to make painful reforms in exchange for aid.
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.
Under international pressure, the Macedonian parliament yesterday (19 May) changed the law to enable President Gjorge Ivanov to revoke pardons he granted to more than 50 people implicated in a wiretapping scandal that has shaken Macedonian politics.
Two Albanian political parties in Macedonia said yesterday (11 May) they would join a boycott of parliamentary elections on 5 June, in order to protest government control over the media and state bodies, raising doubts about the viability of the poll.
Macedonia's opposition said yesterday (20 April) it would only join EU talks on resolving the country's political crisis if the government revoked an amnesty for politicians embroiled in a wire-tapping scandal and postpone the 5 June elections.
Thousands took to the streets of the Macedonian capital for a third consecutive evening yesterday (14 April) to protest against the president's shock decision to halt probes into more than 50 public figures embroiled in a wire-tapping scandal.
Macedonia's president on Tuesday (12 April) blocked all judicial proceedings against top politicians embroiled in a wire-tapping scandal that sparked a major political crisis, a move the European Union said raised "serious concerns".
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.
Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said he would submit his resignation today (15 January) under a European Union-brokered deal for an early parliamentary election to defuse months of political crisis.
Firing tear gas and stun grenades, Macedonian police drove back crowds of migrants and refugees trying to enter from Greece today (21 August), sealing the frontier to thousands of Syrians, Afghans and others trying to reach Western Europe.
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.
Bulgaria called the claim by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Bulgaria and Albania were trying to split Macedonia “highly irresponsible”, as part of a scenario that would prevent the small landlocked country from taking part in the Gazprom-favoured Turkish Stream project.