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.
Serbia has withdrawn diplomats from neighboring Macedonia – apparently for reasons of security. Observers suspect a political game involving Kosovo, NATO and the retention of power.
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.
The outbreak of violence in Skopje is hardly surprising. The attack on the Macedonian parliament is the result of a long-planned attempt to destroy democracy, says DW's Boris Georgievski.
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