Macedonia’s political impasse continues as summer steps in

Bad news came from the Macedonian capital Skopje yesterday July 8th. The opposition party leader Zoran Zaev declared that the snap election deal from June 2nd was now “dead” due to incumbent prime minister Gruevski’s reluctance to step down to a care-taker government which was to supervise the early vote. The announcement coincided with the publication of an opinion poll carried out by the International Republican Institute (IRI) which shows … Read more…

Why the political crisis in Macedonia proves to be a tough nut to crack?

Many of us who follow the development of the political crisis in Macedonia had our eyes set on the round of talks between incumbent PM Gruevski and opposition leader Zaev which took place in Brussels this Wednesday (10 June). After 12 hours of discussions under the mediation of Commissioner Hahn, no tentative agreement was reached and the talks largely failed. This turn of events, though disappointing, should have … Read more…

Vox Opinion on: “People and Power: Macedonia – Behind the Facade”

This short documentary dates from 18 March 2015 and provides some insights on the political situation in Macedonia at the time when the wiretapping scandals were just starting. The video summarizes the nature of the Gruevski regime before the recent escalation of political instability. There is a red line that can easily be traced into today’s events in Macedonia. Just a few months ago, the … Read more…

Sofia News Agency: Macedonian Party Leaders to Continue Anti-Crisis Talks on Monday

Vox Opinion: Although Gruevski is calling for discussions and dialogue, his resignation is still not on the agenda. He will most probably try to clinch to power at all costs as he may become a target of criminal or political persecution once out of government. The stakes are high for Gruevski. A nation-wide protest is called up for Sunday 17 May; the situation is still … Read more…