Election Deal Calms but Doesn’t Solve Macedonia Crisis

Nikola Gruevski, Macedonian prime minister and leader of the ruling conservative VMRO party, at a rally in front of Parliament, Skopje, Macedonia, May 18, 2015 (AP photo by Boris Grdanoski).
Nikola Gruevski, Macedonian prime minister and leader of the ruling conservative VMRO party, at a rally in front of Parliament, Skopje, Macedonia, May 18, 2015 (AP photo by Boris Grdanoski).
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A popular revolution against a corrupt, authoritarian government; a new battleground between Russia and the West; an attempted coup by barely-reconstructed communists against a democratically elected government; the latest failure by a flailing, out-of-touch European Union. These are just some of the narratives swirling around Macedonia, where an apparent government wire-tapping scandal has set off a months-long political crisis. In recent weeks, the situation has even acquired an ethnic tinge, deeply unwelcome in a country that fought a brief war against ethnic Albanian insurgents in 2001. This week brought some respite, with an EU-brokered deal to hold early elections by […]

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