Last week, CEPI’s Managing Director, Milan Nič contributed to the latest BiEPAG’s policy brief on situation in Macedonia. 

In a period of less than two weeks, between 5 and 18 May 2015, Macedonia had violent protests, a weekend-“war,” resignations in government, and continued social mobilization for and against the government, which resulted in two big rallies and the setting up of two separate tent camps in the center of Skopje, one against the government and another in its support. Negotiations between the political leaders, facilitated by international actors, brought momentary political stability; however, the question remains if the negotiations will resolve the political crisis in a deeply divided and polarized society or whether they will just be the calm before the storm. The all-day talks on 2 June 2015, mediated by EU Commissioner Hahn, appear to have yielded a tentative first step in resolving the crisis. Now, it is important to build on this momentum and to avoid a return to “normality” without change. High level talks between Prime Minister Gruevski, opposition leader Zaev and Commissioner Hahn with delegation of the EU Parliament are to continue on Wednesday 10 June.

The Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG) is co-operation project of the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) and Centre for the Southeastern European Studies of the University of Graz (CSEES) with the aim to promote the European Integration of the Western Balkans and the consolidation of democratic, open countries in the region.

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