I don’t know how much you read politics, and how much you know about Balkans, so I’ll be very brief on the issue I will be discussing about.
Balkan countries are mainly ex-Yugoslavian countries, and somehow all countries are inhabited by Albanians as minorities, besides Albania and Kosovo where Albanians are majority. In all these countries ethnic tensions are present, they seem like a ticking bomb ready to explode. Every neighboring country feels the fear of Greater Albania, so whenever they feel the nationalism among Albanians is getting strong they ‘create’ ethnic problems.
What happened in Macedonia in these last days has nothing to do with ethnic tensions. In fact it has to do purely with politics, respectively with a war between position and opposition. Opposition has made public some phone-calls of some of the ministries engaged in corruption. To withdraw attention from these phone-calls an ethnic conflict would be a perfect situation, so the position ‘created’ an ethnic conflict in Kumanovo (oh and by the way they are blaming Kosovar Albanians too). Yes I’m confident on saying they have ‘created’ because some additional voice-recordings have shown that the Minister of Internal Affairs (which resigned two days ago, together with head of Intelligence Organization in Macedonia) is engaged in organizing a ‘fight’ in Kumanovo, which resulted with 5 dead-police and 17 other innocent people.
Now, who’s to blame?
This is my opinion in this regard:
Everybody is guilty for the events in Kumono.. Without trying to take away the blame from Macedonia themselves, I believe that EU and NATO are too to blame for the lasts events in Macedonia and let me explain a bit why.
Both EU and NATO for so many years now are postponing the membership of Macedonia in their organization, because of Greece. We all know silently that if EU and NATO would really be interested in Macedonia they would move things faster (just like they are doing it with Serbia right now), so Macedonian leaders know that, and somehow they have taken their hand off from these memberships. This unfortunately has resulted with corruption.
Moreover, in order to prove that Macedonians are here historically, leaders tried to picture it by multi-million euro investments (status and so-on) which created a bigger gap between ethnicities. And here we are today.
To answer your question has EU and NATO dealt with this issue appropriately NOW AT ALL; They close their eyes towards these issues I’ve just explained above (corruption and ethnic conflicts). As per what EU and/or NATO can do in this regard NOW: I believe they can’t do much, because like I said there’s no interest in giving membership to Macedonia (which I believe could be a solution – if EU/NATO ‘really’ ask Macedonia to move forward and ‘promises’ integration), which could possibly make Macedonian leaders think twice, while currently they don’t have nothing to lose but government, and that’s all they want so they will do anything to keep it, meaning even if they have to ‘improvise’ ethnic conflict just to lose the attention from the voice recording gone public.