The similarities between what happened in Ukraine in the winter of 2013-2014, and what the EU (with US direction) is quietly pulling off at this very moment in Macedonia is uncanny, and frankly quite scary.
Its like watching Die Hard 2. We all know that John McClean will eventually deliver his “Yippie Kai Yay Mother Fucker” moment…what we are left to wonder is how much destruction will take place in between.
Remember that in 2013 it was then European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso who imposed an ominous ultimatum on the democratically elected Yanukovich government, ‘to sign the EU Association Agreement or else.’
As Yanukovich wavered (and for good reason, the EU deal sucked big time), the Maidan operation ramped up. We all know the outcome of the EU’s “take it or leave” deals.
The only question that remains is when will John McCain touch down in Skopje?
Which brings us to today. Sputnik News reports the story unfolding in Macedonia. We have take the liberty to highlight Ukraine related similarities in [blue brackets] to underscore the parallels.
Western media claims that Nikola Gruevski, the current Prime Minister of Macedonia, created the crisis that puts his government at risk, EUobserver reported.
[Western media claims that Viktor Yanukovych, the current President of Ukraine, created the crisis that puts his government at risk.]
Recently, Gruevski was accused of mass illegal surveillance, election fraud, as well as abuse of the country’s justice system and media.
[Recently, Yanukovich was accused of fraud and corruption, as well as abuse of the power.]
Now the European Commission wants to send the government in Skopje a list of tough rule-of-law reforms. If Gruevski doesn’t react and there is no action taken by his government, the Commission will stop backing Macedonia’s EU entry talks, EUobserver said.
[Now the European Commission wants to the government in Kiev to sign the EU Association Agreement. If Yanukovich doesn’t sign the Agreement and there is no action taken by his government, the Commission will stop backing Ukraine’s EU entry talks.]
Macedonia has been a candidate country for EU accession since 2005. However, negotiations haven’t made any significant progress and there are many obstacles that stand in the way.
[Ukraine’s EU Association Agreement was initialed on 30 March 2012. However, negotiations haven’t made any significant progress and there are many obstacles that stand in the way, most notably the treatment and sentencing (considered by EU leaders as a politically motivated trial) of former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko]
Gruevski and Zoran Zaev, the Macedonian opposition leader, agreed to hold early parliamentary elections in April 2016. However, the two politicians can’t agree when Gruevski must step down.
[Yanukovich, Klitschko and Yatsenyuk, the Ukrainian opposition leaders, agreed to hold early parliamentary elections in December 2014. The politicians agreed a national unity government will be installed until election take place.]
Zaev wants Gruevski to step down in October so that a technocratic government can prepare fair elections. According to Zaev, if Gruevski doesn’t step down, he will rig the new elections in 2016, EUobserver said.
[The deal has been met with scepticism by some of the thousands of protesters who remain on Independence Square in Kiev, with some saying they still did not trust President Yanukovych. BBC reports.]
Gruevski, on the other hand, said the majority of Macedonians support his government and if the elections were held today, his party would win them easily.
[Yanukovich, on the other hand, was democratically elected in internationally recognised elections, and his party maintains strong support in Eastern and Southern Ukraine regions]
Macedonia has been mired in political crisis since the elections in April 2014. The opposition blames the government of current Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski for the country’s social and economic problems, aggravated by corruption.
[Ukraine has been mired in political crisis since the EuroMaidan protests in November 2013. The opposition blames the government of current Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich for the country’s social and economic problems, aggravated by corruption.]
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