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On the edge of an international crisis in Macedonia?

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Macedonia, Skopje – Macedonia is living for several months now an intense political crisis. Last week, protesters attacked one of the Presidency’s buildings.

Macedonia experiences for more than a year now an intense political crisis that involves migration crisis, attempts of “color revolutions”, corruption scandals, coups attempts, judicial scandals or illegal wiretapping.

According to, after President Gjorge Ivanov on Tuesday, April 12, blocked legal proceedings against former leading political figures, and announced an amnesty, riots broke out in Skopje. Hundreds of people gathered in the center of the capital and chanted anti-government slogans, which was followed by acts of vandalism. The ground floor of one of the Presidency’s buildings had been ransacked.

Protesters linked to the opposition through organized civil society and represented by Zoran Zaev, are supported in particular by billionaire George Soros. They are accused by some loyalists to aim to make Skopje, the Macedonian capital, a “Kiev Balkan”, referring to the Maidan riots that led to the departure of Ukrainian President two years ago, as well as radical changes in the country, and not to forget the separatist war in the east of the country.

Macedonia faces a difficult situation, and some political observers point out that the country is right on a geopolitical fault line between the West, Russia and Turkey. Moreover, the Macedonian territory is still coveted by many political movements in neighboring countries, especially in Bulgaria and Albania.