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Macedonia: Defusing the Bombs

Europe Briefing N°75, 9 July 2015

Anti-government demonstration outside the prime minister's office by thousands supporters of the main opposition SDSM party, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, in FYROM capital Skopje on 17 May 2015. AFP/Konstantinos Tsakalidis

Macedonia is being shaken by twin political and security crises, both of which could escalate into violent confrontation or worse. While another civil war in the Western Balkans is not imminent, there is a serious threat to regional stability that the country’s leaders and international partners need to contain.

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Macedonia: Defusing the Bombs, Europe Briefing N°75, 9 Jul 2015

Macedonia is being shaken by twin political and security crises, both of which could escalate into violent confrontation or worse. While another civil war in the Western Balkans is not imminent, there is a serious threat to regional stability that the country’s leaders and international partners need to contain.

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