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EU envoy in Macedonia to try and break political deadlock

  • Protesters march through a street in Skopje, Macedonia, on Monday, March 20, 2017. The European Union's enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn, has scheduled a visit on Tuesday to Macedonia in another bid to help break a political deadlock that has left the country's parties unable to form a government after December's elections, while thousands of Macedonians protest peacefully for three weeks already against the designation of Albanian as a second official language nationwide. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

    Protesters march through a street in Skopje, Macedonia, on Monday, March 20, 2017. The European Union's enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn, has scheduled a visit on Tuesday to Macedonia in another bid to help break a political deadlock that has left the country's parties unable to form a government after December's elections, while thousands of Macedonians protest peacefully for three weeks already against the designation of Albanian as a second official language nationwide. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters march through a street in Skopje, Macedonia, on Monday, March 20, 2017. The European Union's enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn, has scheduled a visit on Tuesday to Macedonia in another bid to help break a political deadlock that has left the country's parties unable to form a government after December's elections, while thousands of Macedonians protest peacefully for three weeks already against the designation of Albanian as a second official language nationwide. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

    Protesters march through a street in Skopje, Macedonia, on Monday, March 20, 2017. The European Union's enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn, has scheduled a visit on Tuesday to Macedonia in another bid to help break a political deadlock that has left the country's parties unable to form a government after December's elections, while thousands of Macedonians protest peacefully for three weeks already against the designation of Albanian as a second official language nationwide. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)  (The Associated Press)

  • People protest in front of the EU office in Skopje, Macedonia, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The European Union's enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn arrived Tuesday to Macedonia, to meet the officials in another bid to help break a political deadlock that has left the country's parties unable to form a government after December's elections, while protests continue against the designation of Albanian as a second official language nationwide. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

    People protest in front of the EU office in Skopje, Macedonia, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The European Union's enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn arrived Tuesday to Macedonia, to meet the officials in another bid to help break a political deadlock that has left the country's parties unable to form a government after December's elections, while protests continue against the designation of Albanian as a second official language nationwide. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)  (The Associated Press)

The European Union's enlargement commissioner is in Macedonia in an effort to break the political deadlock that has left the country's political parties unable to form a government since an election last December.

Johannes Hahn arrived Tuesday and began talks with the country's political leaders.

Macedonia's two largest parties do not have enough lawmakers to form a government, and would need to form a coalition with parties from the country's ethnic Albanian minority, which are demanding that Albanian be made the country's second official language.

The country has been locked in a major political crisis for the past two years, sparked by a wiretapping scandal and corruption allegations.