Katica Janeva's arrest is expected to restore trust in justice institutions that was badly shaken when her involvement in the so-called Extortion scandal was revealed.
Reciprocal measure taken after North Macedonia introduced tariffs on imports of fish and roe from Kosovo in June this year.
Macedonians feel betrayed by the state institution that once enjoyed their trust, and great efforts will be needed by Zoran Zaev’s government if it is to regain credibility.
Revelations threaten to undermine the Special Prosecutor’s Office, tasked to probe high level crime, when North Macedonia is pursuing crucial justice reforms as it seeks the go-ahead for EU accession talks.
Beijing sees the former Yugoslavia as a key element of its plan for greater access to European markets, but its investments in the region are a mixed blessing.