Between the 30th of October and the 2nd of November the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) office in Belgrade in cooperation with the Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS) and the European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity, organized the second seminar in 2014 for young and promising politicians and members of social democratic parties from the countries of former Yugoslavia and Albania. The seminar, in which 26 participants participated, took place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Van 26 tot 28 September vond op het Kroatische eiland Korcula de jaarlijkse zomerconferentie van het Central Eastern European Gender Network (CEE Gender Network) plaats. De Korcula School ging dit jaar over het thema geweld tegen vrouwen. FMS trainer Janna Besamusca reisde naar Kroatië af om een presentatie te verzorgen en mee te discussiëren.
Inter-ethnic tensions have recently been on the rise in Macedonia. The convicting to life imprisonment of six Albanians accused of killing five ethnic Macedonians during 2012 Orthodox Easter near Skopje has triggered mass demonstration on behalf of the Albanian community living in the country. Opposition to the police last Friday led to at least twenty injured demonstrators. Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski declared yesterday that “The state won’t let these protests escalate to an extent where they can jeopardise the interests of the people and the [country’s] institutions”.
For the second night in a row, hundreds of Ethnic Macedonians, predominantly youth, clashed with police on the streets of the Macedonian capital Skopje. On the night of 20-21 six police officers were injured and 27 people got arrested. The riots broke out after the alleged murder of an ethnic 19-year-old Macedonian student by an ethnic Albanian on 19 May.
On 27 April dual elections took place in Macedonia. The opposition does not accept the results and refuses to take seat in parliament. These parties further boycotted the inauguration of president Gjorge Ivanov on 12 May and were absent at the ceremonial handing of Members of Parliament certificates on 7 May.
Yesterday 27 April, dual elections were held in Macedonia. The country went to the ballot boxes for the second round of the presidential elections and early parliamentary elections. The ruling conservative coalition, ‘For better Macedonia’ (VMRO-DPMNE and DUI), claims victory as the opposition refuses to accept the results due to irregularities. The preliminary results suggest the ruling coalition retains a government majority.
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.
On March 1 it was announced that Macedonia is set to call early parliamentary elections in order to end a political deadlock sparked by the two main ruling coalition members. They cannot agree on a candidate for the upcoming presidential vote. Yesterday all parties have given their consent, therefore parliament is expected to dissolve tomorrow.
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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