Protest turned violent in Skopje after President Gjorge Ivanov blocked legal proccedings agianst top politicians. The demonstrators have demanded the resignation of the president.
Greece has opposed the former Yugoslav republic's use of the name Macedonia as it could imply territorial claims over the Greek region of the same name. A change could be on the cards in time for EU and NATO meetings.
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.
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.
The latest elections have failed to put an end to the political crisis in Macedonia. Gudrun Steinacker, former German ambassador to Macedonia, explains what can be done to help the small Balkan country.
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