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Blog euinside - Bulgaria | 16/06/2011

Bickering over Alexander the Great

The erection of a 22-metre-high bronze statue of Alexander the Great began on Tuesday in the centre of Macedonia's capital city, Skopje. This has triggered fierce criticism from Greece because Athens lays exclusive claim to the ancient king. Instead of provoking each other the two countries should focus on their joint future in the EU, urges the web portal euinside: "Exhibiting national symbols should be the last thing these two countries are worried about, plagued as they are by serious economic difficulties. Macedonia is also suffering from an unemployment rate of over 30 percent and shrinking foreign investments, while Greece is facing bankruptcy. Instead of trying to explain history to each other Skopje and Athens should show some flexibility and common sense and follow the example of Slovenia and Croatia. They have settled their border dispute and will soon be equal partners in the European Union."

Blog euinside - Bulgaria | 06/06/2011

Last chance for Macedonia's government

After the snap elections held in Macedonia on Sunday the national conservative ruling party VMRO-DPMNE will continue to govern the country after winning 39.1 percent of the vote, together with the party of the Albanian population DUI. But in the eyes of online portal euinside, the unexpectedly good results of the social democratic opposition party SDSM, which emerged with 33 percent of the vote, should serve as a warning to the government coalition: "On the one hand there is little expectation of the VMRO-DPMNE, which is starting its third term in office, changing its course dramatically. On the other the strengthened opposition party SDSM should not be underestimated. The government should see this as a warning that a growing number of people are unhappy about the reformist course it has taken. The new-old ruling coalition faces the same tasks as before: bringing down the huge unemployment rate of 30 percent, introducing economic reforms, preparing for Nato membership and EU membership talks."

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