Macedonia’s four largest political parties have reached a deal that will see prime minister Nikola Gruevski resign and is hoped to ease tensions in the former Yugoslav republic. The agreement was brokered by EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn, three MEPs, and the EU and US ambassadors to Skopje.
The EU commission announced the deal on Wednesday morning (15 July).
The political crisis began in February when opposition party SDSM released wiretaps that showed corruption in Gruevski’s ruling party. In May, the political crisis turned violent when 14 ethnic Albanians and eight policemen died during a police raid. (EUobserver)