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Maria Koinova Publishes Blog for The Conversation on Troubles in Macedonia

Dr Maria Koinova has written a blog, titled Trouble in Macedonia as ethnic tensions run high, for The Conversation.

Macedonia may be a parliamentary democracy, but it’s also a fragile multicultural state. Its democracy has been in gradual decline since the mid-2000s – and in an era of unstable geopolitics and rising authoritarianism, the right sequence of events could send it slipping back into inter-ethnic strife.

The precarity of the country’s situation was made plain in April, when more than 200 protestors and loyalists to the Macedonian conservative-nationalist VMRO-DMPNE party stormed the parliament building in Skopje, and physically attacked lawmakers, who had earlier elected an ethnic Albanian politician, Talat Xhaferi, as speaker. The brawl left 77 people injured.

You can read the full post on The Conversation.

Wed 10 May 2017, 11:21 | Tags: Front, Staff, PhD, MA, UG, Comparative Politics and Democratisation, Research