Sinking of Macedonia
Filed Under: Politics, World | Posted: 01/19/2013 at 7:34AM
Comments | Region: Macedonia
Macedonia has no one who can save her, if brought to the situation in Greece. And it looks increasingly likely - the foolish spending and provincial squabbles in Skopje lead the country just to "Greek scenario".
To ensure a smooth adoption of the new state budget, the Macedonian government used force and removed from parliament accredited journalists and the protesting members of opposition. This incident marks the culmination of a series of events that call into question the democratic intentions of the government of Prime Minister Gruevski and his conservative party VMRO. Autocratic methods of government, the opposition Social Democratic Union SDSM, derived from the former Communist Party, oposit a unconstructive policy whose hallmarks are threats and threats, blockades and boycotts.
Democracy in Macedonia currently displayed quite serious defects - the opposition not recognizes and boycott the parliamentary work and considered not to participate in the upcoming elections. SDSM is against government plans to draw new loans to fill the gap from 300 million in the budget for this year. You should save rather than accumulating new debts, insisting the opposition and warned that the country is going to the "Greek scenario".
To "catch" the Greek crisis, the Macedonians would take several decades - that’s a fact. But the fact is also that there is ample cause for concern, says "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" and gives the example of the notorious project "Skopje 2014", with which Prime Minister Gruevski wants to go in the history. Skopje is currently the largest construction site in Europe: there stands the statue of ancient heroes, Roman fountains and even a triumphal arch in honor of the Macedonian people and the government building built in the 60s of last century, obtains antique columns became a sort of hall of fame. Critics call him dearly – project "Ancient Disneyland" and his supporters argue that this Gruevski donated all Macedonians with a new confidence.
The result is that the country’s debt is growing rapidly. True, compared with Greece‘s budget deficit is relatively bearable - forecasts for 2013-a are that it will amount to 4 percent of GDP. However, we should not forget that Macedonia is not a member of the eurozone and has no one to whom to rely, if it goes to collapse.
Now the opposition wants to boycott the elections. But the problem of Macedonia is not in the days in which the elections were held, but in those 1460 days between elections. No matter who is in power at that time.