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EU expresses concern over Macedonia

EU expresses concern over Macedonian political situation, urges probe into wiretapping claim

EU expresses concern over Macedonia

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- The European Union is expressing "serious concern" over political developments in Macedonia, where an intensifying feud between government and opposition includes accusations of mass wiretapping and coup plots.

EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn urged the country's politicians Wednesday to "engage in constructive dialogue" and called for an investigation into the wiretapping allegations.

Main opposition Social Democratic Union leader Zoran Zaev recently accused the conservative government of illegally wiretapping more than 20,000 people, including himself, and has filed a lawsuit seeking the prosecution of intelligence officers.

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski had previously accused Zaev of plotting a coup. Zaev faces criminal charges and is barred from leaving the country.

Gruevski has also accused Zaev of threatening to publish compromising phone conversations in an attempt to force the prime minister to resign.

Updated : 2021-09-19 09:19 GMT+08:00