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EU’s Hahn Urges Speedy Formation Of Macedonia Govt


By Sinisa Jakov Marusic

Macedonia’s leaders must respect the outcome of the December 11 elections and facilitate the formation of a new government, visiting EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said Tuesday following his mission in Skopje aimed at resolving the political crisis.

After meeting with key political leaders, Hahn urged Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov, with whom he failed to meet during his stay, to respect the constitution and not to obstruct the mandate which would allow the formation of the opposition-led government.

“There is one suggestion and one proposal and that is to respect the democratic rules and standards which are, by the way, written down in the constitution. That means that if there is a majority in the government, by whomever, this has to be respected by everybody” Hahn said during a late night interview for Kanal 5 TV.

He also urged the quick organisation of a functional parliament as the best way to resolve ongoing tensions in the country by aiding a peaceful and institutional solution.

The leaders of the main political parties, who had separate meetings with Hahn during the day, said that the EU Commissioner had urged for the careful speeding up of the processes required for the formation of a new opposition-led government.

Only former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who is the head of the right-wing VMRO DPMNE party, which strongly opposes the formation of a new opposition-led coalition government, did not give a statement after the parlays.

He did not allow media to record any footage of his meeting with Hahn.

Opposition leader optimistic:

The head of the main opposition Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM), Zoran Zaev who mustered a majority in parliament sounded optimistic that parliament would resume its session to elect a new speaker and he would manage to receive a mandate.

“All else would be a banal search for excuses from VMRO DPMNE” Zaev said. He added that after the majority elects the new speaker, President Ivanov would have no more excuses not to grant the mandate.

Macedonia’s has not managed to form a new government since the early election on December 11. It was hoped that it might result in the resolution of a political crisis that has lasted for two years.

The crisis took a turn for the worse on March 1 when Ivanov refused to award Zaev a mandate to form a government, despite the opposition leader having assembled a majority in parliament. Ivanov said that Zaev’s alleged acceptance of the so-called “Albanian Platform” might destroy the country.

Despite calls from Western representatives and diplomats for Ivanov to reconsider his decision and stick to the constitutional norms, the president has not yet changed his mind.

President fails to meet Hahn:

One of the main focuses of Hahn’s visit, was to be a meeting scheduled with Ivanov. The president cancelled it on Tuesday, saying he would not be able to return in time from Hungary, where he had been on an official visit.

The presidential cabinet said that Ivanov had nothing new to say to Hahn about his decision, suggesting that Hahn should use the time in which he planned to talk to Ivanov to instead meet with protesters who held a rally against an opposition coalition during his visit to Macedonia.

Commenting on the canceled meeting, Hahn said that it would likely be better if he [Ivanov] stayed in the country during this tense period.

“I think everybody expects him to participate in a pro active role and to contribute to a peaceful solution,” Hahn said.

Protesters express anger towards Hahn:

In Skopje, thousands of protesters rallying against the formation of a new opposition-led coalition government for a third consecutive week, used Hahn’s visit as an opportunity to vent their anger.

Protesters expressed discontent towards Hahn for not meeting them as they had previously demanded. They said that they aimed to secure the holding of yet another snap polls as well as the public rejection of the so-called “Albanian Platform”.

The protests and President Ivanov’s refusal to grant the opposition coalition a mandate appear to reflect claims made by the right-wing VMRO DPMNE party, which was in power from 2006 until the recent elections.

The party claims that if the opposition gains power, the country could crumble because of the opposition’s alleged acceptance of a so-called ‘Albanian platform’ which proposes an extention rights for the country’s Albanian population.

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2 thoughts on “EU’s Hahn Urges Speedy Formation Of Macedonia Govt

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    March 22, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    EU’s Hanh,how long did it take for Brussels to form a government?How dare you interfering in our country’s internal affairs.You can take your EU and shiv it,we don’t need more prostituting from EU or anybody else with our nation.We do not accept foreign platforms.Why a double standard for Macedonia how about your cries on Russia interference???Mr. Hanh,you in the EU have no balls to tell the truth on any subject,so Fu*#f from our affairs.You people in the EU have no morals,you are faithless and perfidious.

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    March 23, 2017 at 10:12 am

    The Macedonian Slavs need to get used to the fact that the Albanian population within FYROM is there to stay and will only grow. They either assume an antagonistic role and end up in a civil war or assume an inclusive role which safeguards Albanian language and identity and safeguards the Slavic Bulgarian heritage. Both groups need to coexist on the land together in a peaceful manner. The nationalistic approach of the Bulgarian Slavic population will only get them into trouble via a civil war. The Albanians have proven resilience over many centuries. They have an ancestral connection in FYROM which is over 7000 years old, a lot longer than there Bulgarian Slavic co-occupiers. It’s not about Greater Albania. The Albanians of FYROM have no intention of separating. What they want is equal recognition and a stop to a false culture which has been engineered by The Bulgarian Slavic population. They cannot identify with an imposed Hellenic culture. They want a neutral landscape. It’s a composite country made up of Bulgarian Slavs, Albanians, Vlachs, Turks, Romani, Serbs and Pomaks. The last census was in 2002. That’s 15 years ago. Back then these groups were at 35%. Right now if FYROM were to conduct a census it would cause a cultural earthquake. They need to be all inclusive. The Gruevski master plan of Skopje 2014 is a polarizer. No group other that the brainwashed Bulgarian Slavs can identify with it. Gruevski exacerbated a volatile phenomena that has been fed for decades by the Diaspora community since the umbilical cord to Bulgaria was cut by Tito. The educated Bulgaria Slavs know their roots. The not so educated Bulgarian Slavs are vulnerable to propaganda. The Nazification of Fyrom has been fueled by the VMRO-DPMNE. They and they alone have embarked on the insanity that is Antiquization. Their school curriculums have been contaminated. Imagine teaching an Albanian child that his ancestor is a Greek by the name of Alexander the Great. It bad enough trying to get the Bulgarian Slavic community to believe it but they do. Both groups cannot even pronounce the historical Greek names. They are foreign words that have been imposed by one man and one party – Gruevski and the VMRO-DPMNE. Politicians like Zaev and Georgievski offer hope. Unfortunately when they speak out they are accused of being traitors and undermining the cultural fabric. What cultural fabric? It’s a fabrication. The VMRO-DPMNE was founded as a mirror modern day version of the Bulgarian Patriot liberation organization the IMRO. Staunchly Slavic Bulgarian in ethnicity. Staunchly unionist with Bulgaria. Gruev & Dalchev who are now national heroes of Bulgaria and FYROM used to pass death sentences on any Slavs claiming that the blood of Alexander The Great ran through them. If they were still around half of the population of FYROM would be dead. They (FYROM) are culturally gluttonous. Not only do they want to embrace the Bulgarian culture that is within them but they also want to steal an older culture which they not connected to. They cannot have both. Its either one or the other. If it’s Hellenic culture then apologize to Bulgaria and give them back their history. If its Bulgarian culture then keep Gruev & Dalchev ,drop Alexander and apologize to Greece. This is not like sexuality. You cannot be Bi-Historical. You are either one or the other. It is understandable why the Albanians are so pissed off. I fear the worst. 2001 was merely a warning. If Ivanov and Gruevski continue trying to protect their Hellenistic stolen culture they will end up in a civil war. The reason the country is failing is because it is based on artificial foundations. Rotten to the core. Deluded in all aspects. They need to demolish those grotesque reproduction Italian made statues, rename their airport, change their flag, rename their highways, burn their heretic encyclopedias, change the school curriculum, drop the irredentist platform and the country will thrive. Nations can only be established on correct cultural foundations. FYROM is sitting on stilts and is about to collapse.


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