Nationalists Storm Macedonian Parliament
Fists were flying. Dozens of masked protesters broke into the Skopje parliament building after Talat Xhaferi, an ethnic Albanian politician, was elected speaker. Supporters of ex-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who won disputed December elections but has been unable to form a coalition government, reportedly attacked lawmakers, injuring 10 MPs. Ethnic Albanians make up about 25 percent of Macedonia’s population, but nationalist factions have resisted their participation in politics. Now, with Russia condemning Western mediation, some fear the spreading political crisis could endanger Macedonia’s hopes to join NATO and the EU.