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  • Europe should dare to think big again

    Global Europe 13-08-2014

    In this piece, Nikola Dimitrov, from the Hague Institute, argues that the crises in Europe's neighbourhood and periphery represent a crucial challenge for the European project itself and calls on the leadership of the Union to not lose faith in its own narrative.

  • Democracy has lost its meaning in Macedonia

    Enlargement 06-05-2014

    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.

  • Republic of Macedonia – back to Yugoslavia?

    Enlargement 23-01-2014

    The true goal of Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia Nikola Gruevski is not to join NATO and the EU, but to become part of Serbia or a new Yugoslavia, writes Miroslav Rizinski.

  • EU must move swiftly to prevent resurgent nationalism in Albania

    Security 23-07-2013

    To prevent a change of power resulting from economic misery, Albania's lame-duck Prime Minister Sali Berisha placed his bet on nationalist tactics for parliamentary elections. However, the new Socialist majority could not afford to reject unification ambitions for tactical reasons either, writes Dušan Relji?.

  • Time to unblock Macedonia’s accession to NATO


    Greece's ongoing objections to Macedonia's membership in NATO demonstrates that unlimited veto power threatens to make the alliance less responsive, restrictively bureaucratic, and subject to the mercy of any internal disagreement, no matter how small, writes Sally A. Painter.

  • A bittersweet victory for Gruevski

    Elections 20-06-2011

    Tanja Milevska argues Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, despite a recent electoral victory, is in an insecure position due to the EU's negative assessment of the country's candidacy prospects and mass protests following the police's murder of a youth.

  • Is hate speech back in FYROM?

    Languages & Culture 24-01-2011

    Strange as it may sound, the head of the (unrecognised) Macedonian Orthodox Church (MOC), Archbishop Stefan lashed out in a Christmas interview for the media at young mother Spaska Mitrova, who has been harassed by the Skopje authorities for taking Bulgarian citizenship. Lazar Mladenov, president of the Bulgarian Cultural Club in Skopje, looks into the matter. 

  • Milosevic still alive in FYROM

    Med & South 22-09-2010

    Those who think that followers of the late Slobodan Milosevic in the former Yugoslavia are on the political garbage heap are terribly wrong. Not only have such people not been thrown out of today's politics, but they still continue to manage many parts of the post-Yugoslav geopolitical space, writes Lazar Mladenov, president of the Bulgarian Cultural Club in Skopje.  

  • Macedonia’s name: Breaking the deadlock

    Global Europe 08-04-2009

    "Despite the efforts of the contributors, [a new International Crisis Group (ICG) report on Macedonia’s name] reveals certain serious lacunae," reads a post on the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy’s (ELIAMEP) blog.

  • Europe’s engagement in the Western Balkans

    Global Europe 21-11-2007

    It is the people of the Western Balkans themselves who hold the key to the region's future, according to research carried out by the University of Trier for its project for the website 'Deutsche Aussenpolitik'.

  • Macedonia: Catching the train

    Enlargement 17-11-2005

    Macedonia is likely to officially become an EU candidate in December. But is the country ready for the demands of membership, queries Biljana Stavrova in Transitions Online.

  • Macedonia: Search for stability without growth

    Enlargement 22-07-2005

    Macedonia has enjoyed price stability, but not growth during transition, say Vladimir Gligorov and Silvana Mojsovska in their paper published by the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw). As a consequence, it has a very high unemployment rate. Thus, prudent demand management has not led to a positive supply response. The macroeconomic policy mix chosen in 1994 and followed since then was adequate for stability but not for growth. Macedonia opted for a very strict fixed peg to the German mark and then to the euro. It devalued its currency, the denar, only once, in 1997. It supported the exchange rate with a restrictive monetary policy that kept interest rates high. Both proved to put up obstacles to internal and external liberalization. In addition, a policy of fiscal restraint was pursued, except for occasional surges in discretionary spending that required fiscal adjustments later on. Thus, the macroeconomic policy was not suited to a country that faced significant shocks because it effectively left Macedonia without any shock absorbers.

  • Macedonia: Not out of the woods yet

    Enlargement 28-02-2005

    This briefing paper from the International Crisis
    on Macedonia examines the difficult path of putting
    in place the final elements of the 2001 Ohrid Peace Agreement, and
    highlights the confidence-building measures now needed to overcome
    recent political difficulties, strengthen the government, and
    smooth the way for joining the EU.

  • Macedonia: One mile to go

    Enlargement 16-02-2005

    The delivery of Macedonia’s response to a questionnaire brings
    Skopje closer to the EU, say Biljana Stavrova
    and Robert Alagjozovski
    in Transitions Online.

  • Moving Macedonia Toward Self-Sufficiency: A New Security Approach for NATO and the EU

    Security 18-11-2002

    Moving Macedonia Toward Self-Sufficiency: A New Security Approach for NATO and the EU EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS Macedonia's 15 September 2002 election suggests the country may have turned a corner on the road to stability. Widely anticipated fraud and violence mostly did …

  • The Macedonian Elections: Prospects for a Democratic Future?

    Security 01-10-2002

    The Macedonian Elections: Prospects for a Democratic Future? Who won the parliamentary elections in Macedonia on 15 September 2002? Judging by abundant international assessments, democracy is the biggest winner in the latest elections in Macedonia where memories about violent expression of …

  • Macedonia’s Public Secret: How corruption drags the country down

    Enlargement 19-08-2002

    Macedonia's Public Secret: How corruption drags the country down Corruption in Macedonia, especially at high levels of government, is endemic. It has evolved from passive exploitation to active coercion and acquired the capacity not only to retard economic progress but also …

  • Macedonia’s Name: Why the Dispute Matters and How to Resolve It

    Central Europe 11-12-2001

    On 16 November 2001, Macedonia's parliament passed a set of constitutional amendments that were agreed in August, when Macedonian and Albanian minority leaders signed the Ohrid Framework Agreement. Later that day, President Trajkovski clarified the terms of an amnesty for …

  • Channel shock and anger to fight terrorism’s source

    Security 15-09-2001

    To those of us watching numbly from abroad as the full scale of this week's horror sinks in, the American response to the acts of war committed against the United States has been everything its friends and allies could have …

  • Macedonia: Filling the Security Vacuum


    This briefing paper continues ICG's analysis of the Macedonian crisis. It covers the period from the signing of a political agreement by the contending parties on 13 August 2001 through the start of the NATO mission to collect NLA arms, …

  • NATO Must Do More in Macedonia


    Macedonia's peace agreement is signed and within a few days, barring further hitches, 3,500 North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops will be on the ground to collect the ethnic Albanian rebels' weapons. But no one who cares about the future of …

  • Doing Just Enough to Fail


    For more than six months now, Macedonia has been disintegrating, endangering its own people and its neighbors. Thanks to the heroic efforts of negotiators from the European Union and the United States, a political agreement to stanch the decay and …

  • A Month in Macedonia Will Not Be Enough


    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization expects to send some 3,500 troops to Macedonia in the next few weeks to collect rebel weapons. This decision, which is scheduled to be made today, is meant to signal that NATO is serious about …

  • Shades of Bosnia: NATO’s Plan for Macedonia Is not Sufficient


    The peace agreement is signed, NATO's deployment seems imminent and European dignitaries are headed home. Nevertheless, no one who cares about the future of the Balkans is breaking out the champagne. Refugees are still on the move; reports of clashes …