EU threatens sanctions on Macedonia

EU officials have raised the possibility of imposing targeted sanctions, including travel bans, on Macedonian politicians blocking progress towards resolving a year-long crisis in Macedonia.  In February 2015, the opposition party in Macedonia published what it said was evidence of widespread government corruption and, in response, the government accused the opposition of treason and espionage.

EU & US diplomats reached an agreement (the ‘Przino Agreement’) to resolve the crisis in July, involving the appointment of an interim government and an independent investigation into the allegations, but this process stalled following President Gjore Ivanov’s declaration last week of an amnesty for more than 50 people under investigation over a wiretapping scandal as part of the agreement.  President Ivanov is an ally of ex-prime minister Nikola Gruevski, who resigned in January 2016.