Branimir Staletović

Branimir Staletović

Branimir Staletović is a student in the Master’s Program in South-Eastern European Studies at the University of Graz. He holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Skopje and a LL.M degree from the University of Graz. His research interests include studies in nationalism and ethnicity, history of Southeastern Europe as well as the theory and practice of civil disobedience. He currently works on his master thesis focusing on the contemporary nationalism in Macedonia.

A reflection on the emerging politics of resistance in Macedonia

For the past few months we have been witnessing an abundant expression of resistance in Macedonia, manifested by the dissent of different social groups from students, professors, part-time workers, journalists, teachers to high-school students. All of them, for different reasons, and organized under different Plenums, have displayed their resentment against the authoritarian practices of the regime of Nikola Gruevski, the current Prime Minister of Macedonia. This blog post aims to dispel the persisting myth in Macedonia which holds that the citizens are passive and not very keen to express...

'Skopje, you will be joy' – an account of the student protests in Macedonia

Recently, the government of Macedonia, led by the national-conservative party (VMRO-DPMNE), has announced new amendments to the Law on Higher Education. The new Law, according to the authorities, should improve the quality of education in Macedonia. The proposed amendments envisage students to take an 'external examination' twice before graduation. Should students fail the testing, they will not be able to continue with the studies until they pass the 'external/state exam'.

Shortly after the government let the public know about their intention, the students formed a...