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The election was intended to take advantage of record levels of support for the ruling SNS party, which has been in power since 2012.
The main cause for this change is the two sides’ concurrent perception of risks in the Black Sea region since Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
On 8th April Croatia blocked the process of considering an opening another chapter in the accession negotiations between Serbia and the EU.
The Macedonian government has moved away from a policy of reform towards reinforcing its autocratic system and consolidating society behind nationalist slogans.