Nationalist protesters forced their way into the Macedonian parliament. President Ivanov called for restraint, but critics say he is the one to blame.
Macedonia's parliament has approved a new government led by Zoran Zaev with the participation of two Albanian parties. The approval ends six months of political stalemate following snap elections.
The arrests are the latest twist in an ongoing political drama that has featured allegations of mass surveillance. Right-wing nationalists are against a power-sharing agreement with the ethnic-Albanian minority.
Macedonia police fired stun grenades to hold back 200 protesters objecting to the election of an Albanian as parliamentary speaker. Some of the lawmakers were injured.
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.
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