Sunday , August 20 2017

Why countries like Macedonia need a benevolent protector

epa05931825 Policemen carry an injured man as protesters clash with police after they stormed the Parliament when Social Democratic Union of Macedonia with Albanian parties elected new President of the Parliament Talat Dzaferi (not pictured) as they have parliamentary majority, in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on 27 April 2017. Social Democratic Union of Macedonia with Albanian parties have elected new President of the Parliament, as they have parliamentary majority, President Ivanov didn't give the mandate for a new government, although Zoran Zaev (the leader of SDSM) provided a list of signatures, guaranteeing parliamentary majority he rejected giving him the mandate with explanation that the coalition between Zaev and the Albanian parties (with their platform for two official languages in the country) would destroy the constitutional order in the country.  EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKI  EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKI  EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKI

Traveling through Macedonia this week led me to ponder the importance of a hegemon. More generally, many small, vulnerable countries—including Macedonia—will require an outside benefactor to secure their futures. A summary of Macedonian history doesn’t sound entirely promising. In the late 14th century, the region was absorbed by the Ottoman ...

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