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.
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
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.