Gjorge Ivanov

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Protesters shout slogans while holding a Macedonian flag during a demonstration om Skopje on Tuesday against an agreement that would ensure the wider use of the Albanian language in the ethnically divided state. Photograph: Reuters

Crisis-hit Macedonia has become the latest diplomatic battleground for Russia and the West, after Moscow accused the European Union and Nato of trying(...)

Nikola Gruevski, leader of Macedonia’s VMRO-DPMNE party, enters the parliament chamber in Skopje on December 30th last. The controversial former prime minister has been asked to form a new government. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Macedonia’s controversial former prime minister Nikola Gruevski has been asked to form a new government, after his populist party narrowly won an elec(...)

Former prime minister Nikola Gruevski: resigned this year to end a crisis over claims that he and his allies were involved in major corruption and illegal wiretapping. Photograph: Reuters

Macedonia’s two main political parties have both claimed victory in a bitter election battle, dashing hopes that the vote would end a crisis caused b(...)

A protester uses an improvised slingshot to throw paint-filled balloons towards the parliament building during an anti-government protest in Skopje. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images

Macedonia has again postponed early parliamentary elections, in a move that was welcomed by the European Union but seen by many others as a sign of de(...)

Protesters target images of former Macedonian prime minister Nikola Gruevski (left) and Macedonian president George Ivanov  with balloons filled with paint in front of government buildings. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Almost every evening, thousands of Macedonians march through the capital Skopje to demand an overhaul of the country’s political system and an end to(...)

Protesters sit in front of a police cordon  in  Skopje on Tuesday as Maceonia’s political crisis continued. Photograph: Boris Grdanoski/AP

The European Union’s bid to defuse Macedonia’s political crisis is in jeopardy, as street protests continue and the country’s main opposition party th(...)

Bloody crackdown

The weekend siege and gun battle in Macedonia which left 22 dead has uncanny and deeply worrying echoes of the Balkans’ bloody ethnic conflicts of the(...)

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