Macedonia: US must intervene in growing crisis or suffer the dangerous consequences

Some 14 years after the signing of the Ohrid peace deal that signaled a truce between warring Macedonians and the country’s Albanian minority, Macedonia is quickly spiraling into a deep political crisis that could lead to renewed ethnic conflict in the region. The crisis could spread rapidly into the neighboring countries of Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and Bulgaria, with devastating consequences for the entire region. Tens of billion of dollars that were invested to ensure stability and the rule of law in the Balkans, along with countless lives, would then go up in smoke.

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Përleshje futbolli: A do të zgjedhë Evropa ta injorojë racizmin serb?

Soccer brawl: Will Europe choose to ignore Serbian racism?

Last week, the world was shocked to witness what happened at a soccer match between Serbia and Albania. This week, the consequences are still unfolding.

Sitting in front of the TV, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Serbia, which is in line to join the European Union, turned a soccer game in Belgrade into a battlefield. The nation that unleashed a huge wave of violence in the Balkans two decades ago showed once again that it is stuck in its past, when hatred and racism against Albania and its people were officially tolerated.

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