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Country Report Macedonia

  • ID: 2123793
  • April 2015
  • Region: Macedonia
  • 28 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

The showdown between the opposition Social Democratic Alliance of Macedonia (SDSM) and the co-ruling Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation-Democratic Party of Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE) over a wire-tapping and espionage scandal that erupted in January 2015 has caused a perhaps irreconcilable political polarisation. The bitterness of the feud between the parties suggests that it will have long-term negative repercussions for political, if not state, stability.

Zoran Zaev, the leader of the SDSM, was charged in January with espionage and making "violent threats to disrupt the constitutional order". In a special television address following Mr Zaev's arrest on January 31st, the prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, revealed that Mr Zaev had threatened in private meetings with him to publish incriminating material about senior government figures, gained from a foreign intelligence service from outside the region, unless the VMRO-DPMNE government were immediately replaced by a technocratic administration including the SDSM. Mr Gruevski said that Mr Zaev had made the threats between September and November 2014, during meetings at which Mr Zaev had played recordings READ MORE >

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Country Report Macedonia

A political war of attrition
Even more toxic
A plague on both parties
No end in sight

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