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20 years ago today, I was loaded on this train against my will and was made a #Refugee. I had done nothing wrong and broken no laws. I simply belonged to the wrong ethnic group. 1/xx
Around midday on April 1st 1999 Serbian police from Slobodan Milosevic's regime backed up by what looked like irregular militia came to my apartment building in Pristina, #Kosovo and started shooting in the air. They demanded we come out and ordered us to walk behind a car. 2/xx
From listening to the news,I knew something really bad was about to happen 2 me,but I didn’t exactly know what.The option ranged from being beaten,killed, used as a human shield to protect Serb military bases against #NATO bombing to forcefully being removed from my country.3/xx
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North Macedonia to sign NATO accession protocol on February 6, also hopes to move forward on talks to join EU politico.eu/article/north-…
In a symbolically significant move that sends a message to Putin (and Trump), North #Macedonia officially signs #NATO accession agreement nytimes.com/2019/02/06/wor…
Tsipras: "Clearly it is in Greece's interest to promote a European course for all its neighbors .. and not (back) the influence of third forces .. with different aspirations and pursuits."

Greece becomes first to ratify Macedonia's NATO accession protocol apnews.com/71b34bfd0a9945…
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Some fascist members of the extremists Greek "Golden Dawn" group beat up a journalist so hard on the head he started to bleed heavy from the riots today in #Athens in Greece. He was transported to the hospital.
#Update: Greek riot police also stood and take their ground on the steps of the Greek parliament building of in #Athens as Greek riots wanted to overtake the building for the #Macedonia name deal today.
#Update: Multiple riot police in #Athens were hurt by rocks been throw and had to be transported to the hospital today. As they were bombarded with paint and flour in their faces on the steps of the Greek parliament building.
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[2] So on January 6 2016 , you were sitting on the Churchill And Roosevelt Allies Sculpture, at St John's Hill, London SW11 1UB, United Kingdom
[3] Between January to February 2016, Mr. Geroge #Papadopoulos started to work in the UK as head of the Centre for International Energy and Natural Resources Law & Security at the London Centre of International Law and Practice (LCILP)
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Today we release our annual @wiiw_news Autumn #Forecast Report, with macroeconomic projections for #CESEE out to 2020. Below, a thread on the highlights 1/13
#Growth still looks quite good for most, notable upgrades this time for #Poland, #Serbia, #Hungary. But downgrades for several #EU members, plus #Turkey, #Macedonia and #Belarus. 2/13
Over the #forecast period we expect best growth performance in #EUCEE and #WesternBalkans, although both will slow by 2020. Outlook for #CIS & #Ukraine weaker. 3/13
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On “reconciliation” in Macedonia, the corrosion of democracy, and astrologers

Some brief thoughts as the Government of #Macedonia prepares a series of constitutional amendments that will allow Macedonia to commit national suicide:

@JasonMiko Џејсон Мико medium.com/@Miko_Janos/on…
First, there is the proposed and so-called “reconciliation commission.” According to MIA, the so-called speaker of the Macedonian parliament, Talat Xhaferi, would chair this group which is envisioned on the initiative of the eight members of parliament from VMRO-DPMNE
who voted to change Macedonia’s constitution on Friday, October 19. Setting aside the issue of that vote, the reasons why those members voted that way, and a whole host of additional issues, the idea of an army deserter, Talat Xhaferi,
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Only results of a #Referendum can nullify the results of previous #referendum.
Name of a #Country voted 1991 with 1.080.000 votes, can't be changed in the parliament with a #referendum that FAILED on the census rule.
The decision from 1991 still stands, #Republic of #Macedonia ✔️
When #Бојкотирам coalition comes to power, there will be no need to change the #Constitution, we will only declare #invalid all decisions, all interventions to the #Constitution made by @Zoran_Zaev's government @VladaMK.
This is a warning to #Greece and our "strategic partners"
We have a strong #International case in this.
Inquiries have been made, the day that #Бојкотирам coalition gains power, all involved in ilegal #namechange will be arrested and put to trial.
All their criminal, unconstitutional decisions will be ERASED, like they never were.
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A multi-tier model will still have different balances of rights and responsibilities and an asymmetry of power between tiers. A core with France, Spain, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands will always have the power to dominate the rest and fuel incentives to get in the inner tier
With Eurozone states, almost all of which are involved in PESCO, the EU already has a core tier, with a second tier EU members outside the Euro and a third tier in EEA/Efta/DCFTA relationships with the EU. Multi-speed Europe already exists and the UK is unwilling to join any tier
To drag Macedonia, with its particular dilemmas in relation to Albania, Greece and Bulgaria, into UK debates over multi-speed Europe misses what the core of the problem with this referendum is. Greece has veto power to block Macedonian accession into any European integration tier
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There is definitely something going on.
If you look around twitter there are some very "odd" accounts.

#Macedonia #RussianMeddling #Russiapnews.com/b51d832612784b…6o1iVbzJSq
These tweets seem weird to me.
One uses a #QAnon hashtag.
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@UN #Macedonia #HumanRights4All
The Greeks are ignoring and covering up one of the biggest genocides in Europe in the past 100 years!!!
The chronology begins in 1912 when Greece, for the first time ever, came into possession of Macedonian territory and this by force of arms, almost a decade after the 1903 Ilinden (St. Iliya Day) Uprising lead by the IMRO in a failed effort to free Macedonia from the Ottoman yoke.
The ominous prophecy of Harilaos Trikoupis, Greek Prime Minister from 1882 to 1895, foretold what the neighboring Greek state had in mind for Macedonia and its people:
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The EU recognized this hard work by blocking the start of membership negotiations for a state, #Macedonia, that has undertaken more credible reforms in the last yr than @avucic’s #Serbia has during his whole tenure. And yet Belgrade keeps opening chapters... #WBSummitLondon
Here’s what @FedericaMog should acknowledge: by blocking the start of negotiations w Albania & Macedonia while continuing them w the illiberal regime in Serbia the EU confirmed that local elites are better off making themselves a problem rather than a partner. #WBSummitLondon
Brussels has always been afraid of confronting bad-faith actors — see Vucic, Dodik, Gruevski, Covic — allowing instead the tail to wag the dog, and then punishing actual attempts at progress as an inane show of strength. No one fears the EU, in short, not even in the Balkans.
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Relations btw opp & govt in #Bosnia's RS entity continue to deteriorate. Following continued obstruction by @SNSDDodik of the investigation into the death of David Dragicevic. Opp claims govt's actions have "dissolved the assembly". vijesti.ba/clanak/412087/…
This matters bc there's a high likelihood Oct elxns in RS, especially, will be roiled by fraud. Both opp & govt are preparing ground for extra-parliamentary confrontations. Dodik has militarized the police, hired Russian paramilitaries, the opp is relying on mass mobilization.
This is also why Dodik has begun to explicitly (and falsely) accuse the British govt of interfering in BiH's elxns. He's has to rig the elxns to win but when/if he's caught he needs an excuse, so he'll blame opp of being "foreign stooges". voanews.com/a/britain-warn…
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This is going to get out of hand fast if they actually block Albania and, especially, Macedonia at this juncture. It’ll completely deflate what little reform impulse still exists in the region and reveal Brussels has no Plan B to enlargement.
I’ve long been an advocate of a more forceful EU approach in the Balkans. This isn’t it. Macedonia should be rewarded for what it has done over the last year. And virtually all the arguments for slowing Albania’s roll apply to Serbia & Montenegro too which are being waved thru.
If the concern is with the rampant criminality, not just in Albania but the region, then FRA & NED should push for sanctions against those responsible: political elites. That’s why EU states should have joined US sanctions vs Dodik. This is just pointless collective punishment.
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