#AceNewsReport – MACEDONIA:June.14: Macedonia continues to go through a political crisis, after Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and the leaders of the four main political parties in Macedonia failed to reach an agreement on settling the crisis earlier this week.
Western media claims that Nikola Gruevski, the current Prime Minister of Macedonia, created the crisis that puts his government at risk, EUobserver reported.
Recently, Gruevski was accused of mass illegal surveillance, election fraud, as well as abuse of the country’s justice system and media.
Now the European Commission wants to send the government in Skopje a list of tough rule-of-law reforms. If Gruevski doesn’t react and there is no action taken by his government, the Commission will stop backing Macedonia’s EU entry talks, EUobserver said.
Macedonia has been a candidate country for EU accession since 2005. However, negotiations haven’t made any significant progress and there are many obstacles that stand in the way.
Gruevski and Zoran Zaev, the Macedonian opposition leader, agreed to hold early parliamentary elections in April 2016. However, the two politicians can’t agree when Gruevski must step down.
Zaev wants Gruevski to step down in October so that a technocratic government can prepare fair elections. According to Zaev, if Gruevski doesn’t step down, he will rig the new elections in 2016, EUobserver said.