Civil – Center for Freedom strongly condemns the physical attack of Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Pesevski over journalist Sase Ivanovski.
Crisis in the Republic of Macedonia need to be approached in a different, more realistic way, before it’s too late. Negotiations are practically dead. Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and his machinery are mocking the whole process, only making cosmetic moves. The lawsuit against the opposition leader Zoran Zaev is one more evidence of the true intentions of the government.
By Xhabir Deralla
Every day without a solution of the political crisis is another day that only brings more trouble and threats to the stability and survival of the Republic of Macedonia. These days, overcoming political crisis through democratic changes in the country seems to be farthest away ever. On top of everything, the country’s judiciary, controlled by the ruling party of VMRO-DPMNE, decided to start a lawsuit against the opposition leader Zoran Zaev (social democrats, SDSM) based on serious criminal charges in the case known as “Coup” on July 1, 2015. What is going in the country? Here’s a brief update on the political situation in the country.
The First Instance Court Skopje 1 decided to start a lawsuit against the opposition leader Zoran Zaev, in the case known as “Coup” on July 1, 2015.
The next day, the opposition leader Zoran Zaev stood in defiance, denying the credibility of the “judiciary under complete control of Gruevski and his government”.
[Comments and recommendations]
The political crisis in the Republic of Macedonia is deepening, in spite of the negotiations efforts, facilitated by the international community. The ruling figures in the country have already displayed their unwillingness to substantial and honest participation to this difficult process and to take responsibility for the massive abuse of power and criminal conduct. The negotiations and agreements brokered by the international representatives are bluntly confronted by a set of bogus actions by the government, increased populism and an intensified media offensive of the Prime Minister Gruevski and his associates.
Following the development of the political situation in the country, a team of CIVIL – Center for Freedom was working on summing up the opinions, recommendations, analysis and demands of the various political entities, civil society organizations and of the experts that have been consulted by the team in the past several weeks. Their contributions are publicized on the website of CIVIL, also published or quoted by the few remaining independent media in the country. Previously, CIVIL’s team prepared and publicized several recommendations on June 9, based on the analysis prepared within the organization.
About a thousand Syrian refugees beaten, frightened and hungry, are waiting to cross the Macedonian border. They are currently located in the zone between the Greek border crossing “Evzoni” and the Macedonian, “Bogorodica”.
General observations on the Recommendations of the Senior Experts’ Group recruited by the European Commission
Recommendations are, for the first time, clear and unambiguous, having in mind the usual vocabulary and style of the Euro-diplomats. They path the way forward, towards solutions of the longstanding political crisis in the country, and describe measures to be taken in order to reform institutions and restore democracy in the country.
However, the behavior of the Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski so far, speaks of something completely different. He has never fulfilled one single political promise he made, not a single political agreement he signed was respected by him or his associates. He and his ministers treated and even called previous agreements negotiated under auspices of the internationals – a toilet paper.