On 13 April presidential elections are scheduled in Macedonia. The two candidates who get the most votes will compete against each other in a second round, scheduled on 27 April. On this day parliamentary elections take place as well. Next to the current president, Gjorge Ivanov, three other candidates are running. The presidential role is largely ceremonial.
Exit polls predict a landslide victory for the centre-right Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) in the parliamentary elections of Sunday 16 March. Winning almost half of all votes, the SNS will gain an overall majority in the Serbian parliament. SNS leader, Alexander Vucic, is widely believed to become Serbia’s new prime minister. The turnout was 50.3 percent, 3.3 percent less than the last elections in 2012.
On 30 January Serbia president Tomislav Nikolic called early parliamentary elections for 16 March. According to the president Serbia “shall certainly get a government with more energy and enthusiasm and released from problems that this government has solved.” The coalition government, in which the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) is the main party, explained its request for early elections by the need to ensure ‘as wide as possible support for accelerated reforms and modernization of Serbia’. However, the fact that SNS is skyrocketing in all polls (above 40%) is considered as crucial factor for SNS to go to the polls and having its leader Aleksandar Vucic as prime minister.
On 11 February, protesters demanded the resignation of Bosniak-Croat Federation entity (FBiH) Prime Minister Nermin Niksic Niksic said he would only resign if parliament holds early elections. Niksic’s party, the Social Democratic Party (SDP), leans towards early elections. Demonstrators all across the country demand the resignation of regional and local leaders, whom they hold responsible for economic hardship (unemployment rate above 40%) and corruption. The protest begun last week after the closure of factories in Tuzla and are the worst since the end of the Bosnian war in 1995.
Former President of Serbia Boris Tadic announced on January 30 that he will resign as honorary president of the Democratic Party (DS) and that he will leave the party entirely, which is currently part of the opposition. Tadic said he decided to leave because of disagreements with the direction in which the Democrats were heading under the new leadership. "I decided to leave the party and resign as honorary president, because people who gave the DS a label as a corrupt and scandal-stained party are now coming back to the political bloc around the DS," Tadic said, referring to the Democrats’ potential coalition with the New Party (Nova Stranka) led by Zoran Zivkovic, a former member of the DS.
On December 17 the Council of the European Union decided that Serbia can start the EU accession talks in January 2014, rewarding Belgrade for democratic reforms and its efforts to normalize relations with its Pristina.
Tijdens de Kosovo-crisis in 1999 was er veel interesse voor de Balkan in de media. Er werd vooral geschreven over de haat en nijd tussen Albanezen en Serviërs. Over Macedonië ging het toen nog niet en dat was toch wel enigszins vreemd, daar etnografische kaarten ons leerden dat in Macedonië ook Albanezen en Slaven gezamenlijk in één land woonden. Waarom kwam het in Macedonië niet eveneens tot onrust, net als op de rest van de Balkan het geval was geweest?
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Afgelopen weekend reisden FMS trainers Marjolein Kampschreur en Samir Španja naar Zenica (Bosnië-Herzegovina) af om een online-communicatietraining te verzorgen voor de jongeren van de Sociaal Democratische Patij (SDP).