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Short political reports of the KAS offices abroad

Daniel Braun, Official Representative of KAS met H.E. President Stevo Pendarovski

The current political situation, the Macedonian EU Perspective, upcoming Census, as well as the cooperation in the frame of the Presidents’ Center for Political Education-PCPO were among the topics discussed at the meeting held on 26th of January 2021.


Early elections in North Macedonia

EPP sister party VMRO-DPMNE loses to Social Democratic electoral alliance after tight race

After an uncertain nip and tuck race with the VMRO-DPMNE, the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) declared victory at the early parliamentary elections 2020. The SDSM-led electoral alliance "We Can" gained 35,89 per cent of the votes, or 46 seats in the Assembly, while VMRO-DPMNE's electoral alliance "Renewal of Macedonia" attained 34,57 per cent or 44 seats. These results, published by the State Election Commission, are still unofficial.

REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Balkans: Geopolitics in Times of Corona

Foreign Aid and Public Relations Work and Their Perception in South East Europe

The coronavirus pandemic is a stress test for global value chains, national health systems and the resilience of societies – with no clear outcome. Against the backdrop of the crisis, we are also witnessing a geopolitical, systemic competition to win the hearts and minds of states and societies and to dominate global narratives. True to the motto that every crisis harbours an opportunity, the People´s Republic of China and the Russian Federation in particular are striving to gain sympathies in selected countries through rapid aid and its propagandistic staging, so as to highlight the superiority of their own systems and thus to expand their soft power. It would be naive to assume that their actions are guided solely by humanitarian considerations and international solidarity. What´s more, they are applying illegitimate methods such as fake news and disinformation campaigns as well.

Every Second Macedonian Doesn’t Believe in Media Independence

There is only little trust in the work of media in Macedonia: Every second Macedonian believes that journalists in their country can’t report independently. Furthermore, only one third of the population feels well informed about political topics. Generally Macedonians are informing themselves about politics from the TV. There is relatively high trust in the EU and NATO. These are the main results of a national representative survey commissioned by the Media Programme South East Europe of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS).

Und wer fragt das Volk?

In Mazedonien steigt die Politikverdrossenheit

Country report

Difficult Times in Macedonia

Political Crisis Report

The political situation in Macedonia has become more difficult and complicated since the publication of the 2012 European Commission Progress Report for the country recommending opening EU accession talks with Macedonia for the fourth year in a row. In December 2012 the EU commission declined to open accession talks and informed the Macedonian government that Macedonia is given time until Spring 2013 to promote good neighbourly relations with Greece considering the “name issues” and with Bulgaria considering the “history issues”.

Macedonia, March 2007

Newsletter Nr. 18

Albanien auf dem Weg in die euro-atlantischen Strukturen

Am 3. April hat Albanien in Bukarest die Einladung zur NATO-Mitgliedschaft erhalten. Die dafür getätigten Reformen belegen das Streben des Landes aus der totalen Isolation des Hoxha-Regimes hin zur Integration in die euroatlantischen Strukturen. Der NATO-Beitritt kann als wichtiger Schritt auf dem Weg der demokratischen und marktwirtschaftlichen Transformation des Landes gewertet werden. Allerdings hängt der weitere Fortschritt von der Umsetzung der bisherigen und Verabschiedung weiterer Reformen in Politik und Wirtschaft ab.

NATO / flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Alte, neue Regierung in Nordmazedonien

Zoran Zaev erneut als Ministerpräsident gewählt

Am späten Abend des 19. August meldeten die Parteispitzen von SDSM (Sozialdemokratische Liga Mazedoniens) und DUI (Demokratische Union für Integration) ihre Zustimmung zum Koalitionsvertrag, den die Parteivorsitzenden Zoran Zaev und Ali Ahmeti ausgehandelt hatten. Sie veröffentlichten auch eine Liste der von ihnen nominierten Ministerinnen und Minister. Am 30.08. schließlich wurde die neue Regierung vom Parlament mit 62 Stimmen bestätigt – 51 Abgeordnete stimmten dagegen. Die neue Regierung Nordmazedoniens zählt 19 Minister - sieben weniger als in der Vorgängerregierung, die ebenfalls aus SDSM und DUI bestanden hatte. In Schlüsselressorts gibt es personelle Kontinuitäten.

Das Volk hat entschieden

Die fairsten und freisten Wahlen in der Geschichte Mazedoniens

Am 11. Dezember 2016 fanden in Mazedonien die achten Parlamentswahlen statt seit Erlangung der Unabhängigkeit 1991. Der knappe Ausgang war nicht vorherzusehen. Seitdem herrscht Chaos.

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