Macedonia

Macedonia name change agreement paves way for NATO expansion

By John Vassilopoulos, 7 July 2018

Behind the signing of the Macedonian agreement are wider geopolitical interests of the Western powers led by the US, which is keen to bolster NATO’s presence in the region as part of its military expansion on Russia’s border.

Greece’s far-right and military lead protests over Republic of Macedonia name

By John Vassilopoulos, 15 February 2018

The Western powers, led by the US, have placed maximum pressure on both countries to resolve the dispute so Macedonia can be incorporated into NATO.

Nationalists storm Macedonia's parliament

By Markus Salzmann, 1 May 2017

The long simmering political crisis in Macedonia intensified last week after followers of long-time Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski attacked the parliament building, injuring nearly 100 people

Austrian-led conference closes Balkan route for refugees and divides Europe

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 26 February 2016

The move by West Balkan countries to block refugees from leaving Greece will unleash a humanitarian crisis and intensify tensions throughout Europe.

Macedonian government cracks down on refugees

By Markus Salzmann, 25 August 2015

The brutality of the right-wing regime in Skopje is a sharp expression of the inhumane policies carried out by all European governments against refugees.

Troops fire on refugees trying to enter Macedonia

By Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2015

The vicious assault unfolded amid a crisis over how to deal with the growing numbers fleeing to Europe to escape war and poverty.

Refugees confront appalling conditions in the Balkans

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 18 August 2015

Refugees traveling the 4,000 kilometres between Syria and Germany, France and Sweden must endure a treacherous journey through Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary.

Macedonia conflict threatens to destabilise whole of Balkans

By Paul Mitchell, 21 May 2015

The South Stream gas pipeline was a major element in Russia’s attempt to reduce its reliance on Ukraine as a transit route for its gas supplies to Europe.

Twenty two killed during Albanian terror group border post attack in Macedonia

By Paul Mitchell, 12 May 2015

The weekend attack is a sign of the simmering ethnic tensions fueled by the country’s economic and social crisis.

European Court orders damages for CIA torture victim

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 January 2013

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has condemned the Republic of Macedonia for its role in the CIA rendition of Khaled El-Masri.

Mass unemployment and poverty fuel ethnic tensions in Macedonia

By Paul Mitchell, 23 May 2012

The resurgence of ethnic tensions in Macedonia and the ability of nationalist politicians to mobilise large numbers of demonstrators are fuelled by the terrible social conditions in the country.