A political crisis unfolds in parallel with the resuscitation of armed ethnic conflict in the Former Yugoslav Republic on Macedonia (FYROM). Last weekend, the police clashed in Kumanovo with Kosovar irregulars, five of whom were members of the now dismantled Kosovo Liberation Army. Eight police officers and 14 gunmen were killed.

Such cases of “national emergency” could have caused the popularity of the nationalist ruling VMRO party to soar. Not in this case. Today, 14 of May, the leader of t...


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