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Yearbook 2011

Northern Macedonia (until 2019 Macedonia). A political crisis arose in January when the Social Democrat-led opposition left Parliament in protest of what was perceived as politically motivated persecution of the media. Several media organizations had been raided and several media representatives arrested suspected tax offenses.

2011 Northern Macedonia

According to Countryaah official site, the government was forced to announce new elections held in June. The result was a major advance for the Social Democrats at the same time as the ruling middle-right alliance lost its majority. Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, leader of the largest party VMRO-DPMNE, could still form a new government together with the largest Albanian party BDI. The government agreed to accept a proposal by a UN mediator to rename the country to the "Republic of Macedonia (Skopje)", subject to its approval in a referendum. The dispute has prompted Greece to exclude Macedonia from EU and NATO membership.

The conflict gained new fuel when Macedonia erected a huge bronze sculpture by Alexander the Great in Skopje during the summer. The warrior king of antiquity has also been given the name of the capital's airport and a highway. The Greeks question the right of Macedonians to claim Alexander as "their" and to call their country Macedonia, which is also the name of a Greek region.

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