Opportunity not to be missed in Greece-Macedonia row

The naming dispute between Greece and the Republic of Macedonia that has raged for almost three decades must be resolved.

By Augustine Zenakos

 

A long-running row over the ex-Yugolsav republic of Macedonia’s name – which it shares with a region of neighbouring Greece, shows that words matter in EU politics (Photo: Robert Thomson)

There are several reasons why the current opportunity, presented by the renewed UN-mediated negotiations between the two countries and encouraged by the US and the EU, should not be missed.

Firstly, Greece’s contentions in the dispute are or have become illegitimate.

Greece continues to argue, on the official level, that its major objection is Macedonia’s “irredentism”.

While it is true that several statements by Macedonian officials, as well as certain provisions in the Macedonian constitution, did justify such a concern in the past, this is no longer the case.

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