About: Nikola Gruevski

Enlargement 22-03-2017

Rise above political bickering, Hahn urges Macedonia leaders

Macedonia needs to rise above political feuding and form a government as soon as possible to unblock the Balkan country's path to European Union membership, the EU said yesterday (21 March).

Enlargement 20-03-2017

Forget Russia, new menace in Western Balkans is Trump-style populist politics

A new menace is stalking the Western Balkans: the region's political leaders themselves. Many are now retreating from serious engagement with Europe in order to play internal political games, writes Denis MacShane.

Elections 13-03-2017

Macedonia’s political crisis takes ethnic turn

A political crisis that has paralysed Macedonia for two years is sliding into an ethnic dispute, with nationalists taking to the streets over a series of demands by the country's Albanians.

Global Europe 03-03-2017

Russia accuses NATO, EU and Albania of meddling in Macedonia

Russia accused Albania, NATO and the European Union yesterday (2 March) of trying to impose a pro-Albanian government on Macedonia, which is gripped by political crisis.

Enlargement 02-03-2017

Macedonian president accused of fomenting ‘coup’

Macedonia's political crisis deepened yesterday (1 March) as opposition leader Zoran Zaev accused President Gjorge Ivanov of fomenting a "coup d’état" by refusing to give him the mandate for forming a government.

Elections 24-02-2017

Macedonia’s Social Democrats to form government with Albanian party support

The leader of Macedonia's Social Democrats said yesterday (23 February) he expected to be able to form a new government in March, having found an agreement with the biggest Albanian party over a law backing broader use of their language in the country.

Elections 31-01-2017

Crisis drags on as Macedonia fails to form government

Macedonia's president on Monday (30 January) resumed the search for a new prime minister after the former premier failed to form a government, despite his party's narrow election victory.

Enlargement 12-12-2016

Macedonia’s nationalists, Social Democrats, almost tied in parliamentary vote

Macedonia's nationalist VMRO-DPMNE and opposition Social Democrats were virtually tied in a Sunday (11 December) election aimed at ending a two-year-long crisis which brought down the previous government, state election commission preliminary results showed.

Enlargement 08-12-2016

Macedonian nationalist ex-PM set to win election in test for EU

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.

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 01-09-2016

Macedonian political parties agree December election after spy scandal

Macedonia's political parties agreed yesterday (31 August) to hold an early parliamentary election on 11 December in a step to resolve the 18-month-long crisis over a wiretapping scandal.

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.

Enlargement 20-05-2016

Macedonia passes law to enable disputed pardons to be revoked

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.

Enlargement 19-05-2016

Macedonia postpones election under EU pressure

Crisis-hit Macedonia on Wednesday (18 May) postponed elections due next month, after the European Union called on Skopje to delay the polls in order to ensure they could take place freely and fairly.

Enlargement 18-05-2016

EU warns Macedonia election won’t be credible

The EU warned yesterday (17 May) that elections scheduled for next month in Macedonia could not be credible, because the ruling party was the only one to register candidates.

Enlargement 12-05-2016

Macedonia’s Albanian minority parties to join election boycott

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.

Enlargement 21-04-2016

Macedonian opposition sets conditions for joining Vienna talks

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.

Enlargement 19-04-2016

Hahn invites Macedonia leaders to Vienna talks

The European Union has invited Macedonian leaders to talks Friday (22 April) on ending the political crisis that has gripped the small Balkan country for the last two years.

Enlargement 15-04-2016

Tusk says Macedonia’s EU and NATO future ‘at risk’

EU Council President Donald Tusk warned Macedonia today (15 April) not to let its political crisis risk its ties with the European Union and NATO.

Enlargement 15-04-2016

West condemns Macedonian president’s amnesty for corrupt officials

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.

Enlargement 14-04-2016

Protesters ransack Macedonia president’s office as crisis deepens

Protesters ransacked the offices of Macedonia's presidency late yesterday (13 April) and set fire to the furniture, as thousands took to the capital's streets in a deepening political crisis.

Enlargement 13-04-2016

EU doubts if credible elections in Macedonia are still possible

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".

Elections 25-02-2016

What’s in a name?: Macedonia’s problems go much deeper

Deadlines continue to come and go with wearisome rapidity in the ongoing political crisis between the two majority ethnic political parties of Macedonia, writes Richard Howitt MEP.

Enlargement 24-02-2016

Macedonia elections postponed to 5 June

Macedonia's snap elections were postponed by more than a month late yesterday (23 February), after the opposition threatened to boycott the polls over concerns they were open to fraud.