Analysis by Selim Ibraimi- Northern Macedonia, once dubbed the “Oasis of Peace”, was brought to its knees in 2001 by inter-ethnic internal conflict, bringing the country to the brink of rewriting the Bosnian tragedy in N. Macedonia.
No lessons were learned from the political class and citizens about the consequences of the discriminatory policies and hatred that exist in Northern Macedonia.
Recent events that are shaking the opinion of Northern Macedonia have been described several times as repeatedly. Such events occur in other parts of the world, but divisions such as in countries ranging from N. Macedonia, Bosnia, African and Asian countries where religion and ethnicity are the basis of divisions and bloodshed, and can be considered quite critical for future quarrels.
Now 20 years after the conflict, Macedonians and Albanians continue to live separately in Northern Macedonia.
Macedonia is a NATO member and a candidate to start talks with the European Union in the autumn. The 2017 coalition to overthrow former PM Nikola Gruevski and remove N. Macedonia from Russian influence, did not bring internal harmony.
The policies of Ahmeti, Zaev and other parties in the coalition for a new Macedonia is nowhere to be seen. Pandemic and economic poverty have gripped the country. Unemployment is high as large public enterprises are ‘sucking’ the blood and work of the poor citizens of Northern Macedonia.
The prospects in this country seem far away. Young people have left this country. Young people call it a ‘Ghost Country’, fleeing to Western Europe.
The government of SDSM, DUI and Besa, a party that joined SDSM, have yet to show concrete results in preventing hate speech in Northern Macedonia and the functioning of the rule of law.
The public opinion also continues to be shaken by the sale of public land in Tetovo to a Montenegrin businessman otherwise a Russian oligarch in the Balkans. (@CSSDMacedonia)