Northern Macedonia (until 2019 Macedonia). The Macedonian authorities began negotiations in April with representatives of the EU on a Stabilization and Association Agreement, and in November the agreement was in practice clear. The agreement paves the way for Macedonia’s road to membership in the EU, although the road to it is likely to be long, including because of the widespread corruption and drug smuggling to Western Europe.
At the local elections in September, the parties of the government coalition declined sharply, especially in the larger cities, where the opposition parties in many cases gained a majority. The election was anything but calm and characterized by electoral fraud, while several deaths were required. Shortly after the local elections, a government crisis followed when one of the coalition parties, the DA (Democratic Alternative, Democracy Sheska Alternative) left the government because of dissatisfaction with economic policy.
Prime Minister Ljupco Georgievski solved the problem of a government transformation, but then had to settle for a very scarce majority in Parliament.
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During the summer, the government passed a law that allows a higher education institution in the Albanian language to be established.
Shortly before Christmas, it was revealed that German KFOR soldiers had employed underage prostitutes on brothels in Macedonia From a political point of view in Germany, demands were made for the Macedonian authorities to close the brothels.
According to COUNTRYAAH, the population of Macedonia in 2000 was 2,034,708, ranking number 143 in the world. The population growth rate was 0.520% yearly, and the population density was 80.6827 people per km2.