Monday, March 13, 2017

Could ethnic hatred and racism in Macedonia spill over into an entire region?

People protest march through a street in Skopje, Macedonia, on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Thousands of Macedonians have staged peaceful protests for days in the capital Skopje and other cities, against calls by ethnic Albanian parties to make Albanian the country's second official language. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

Hate runs deep in the Balkans, and latest news from Macedonia offers even more ominous proof.

This time around, the country is on the verge of being destabilized over the legitimacy of Albanian ethnic minorities and whether or not they should be able to have their language recognized as second official language in their country in which they represent more than 25 percent of population.

These demands have been deemed “unacceptable” to the current president Gjorge Ivanov, who, in an unconstitutional move, is not allowing a coalition between Macedonia’s Social Democrats and Albanian parties to form a government.

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