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Yearbook 2007

Northern Macedonia (until 2019 Macedonia). In February, the EU issued an unusually sharply worded warning to Macedonia, which was then a candidate country for just over a year. Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn called the development in the country "alarming" and aimed, among other things, on the tensions between the dominant Conservative government party VMRO-DPMNE and the largest ethnic Albanian party BDI/DUI. Demands were set for continued democratization, anti-corruption and reform of the judiciary.

2007 Northern Macedonia

According to CountryAAH, some Albanian members, mainly from BDI/DUI, boycotted Parliament during part of the year. Another Albanian party, PDP, first took part in the boycott but joined in May instead of the government coalition.

In connection with a debate on changes to the electoral law in September, a fight broke out inside the parliament building between representatives of two Albanian parties. Outside, activists blocked off roads, and several people were eventually arrested by police.

In its autumn report, the European Commission felt that Macedonia was not ready to start membership negotiations. The government was criticized for a large number of officials being fired after the change of government last year and for lack of dialogue with the Albanian minority.

The trial of former Interior Minister Ljube Boskovski began in April at the UN Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Boskovski and a high ranking former police officer were charged with the murder of ten Albanians in connection with the unrest in Macedonia in 2001. They were the only Macedonians charged with war crimes by the court in The Hague.

A national day of mourning was announced when the Toše Proeski star died in a car accident in October. Proeski, who turned 26, was a UNICEF ambassador and very popular throughout former Yugoslavia. Thousands of people attended the state funeral held in honor of the star of his hometown Kruševo.

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