After armed protesters stormed Macedonia's parliament, tensions have been running high. Many young Macedonians accuse the dominant nationalist party of corruption and power abuse. They're organizing an opposition of their own.
Lawmakers have been injured after dozens of pro-government activists entered the opposition-controlled Venezuelan parliament. The group, brandishing sticks, left the politicians they met hurt and bleeding.
Macedonia's Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev has said he expects to be able to form a government. The west has condemned Thursday's violent storming of the parliament and attack on Zaev and his allies.
Many West Balkan countries are steered by strongmen: nationalistic leaders who show little regard for the rule of law. As long as they keep the region stable, the EU is willing to let their faults slide, experts told DW.
Six months after parliamentary elections, Macedonia finally has a new government. Hopes for a fresh start are high but the challenges ahead are immense – the country has been stuck in crisis for years.
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