Macedonia Removes the Skopje 2014 Statue of Andon Kyoseto

A monument from the Gruevski era in Macedonia was removed, marking another milestone in the country’s road towards better integration into Europe and the Balkans. The current government removed the statue of Andon Kyoseto, a Bulgarian revolutionary that was considered Macedonian during the Gruevski era.

Some background is needed for this story. During the mandate of VMRO-DPMNE from 2006 to 2016, the Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski launched a program called “Skopje 2014” aiming to make Macedonia’s capital have a “more classical appeal.” This was achieved through financing lavish constructions of museums, bridges, monuments, statues, and other cultural projects. The program transformed Skopje but also caused controversy due to its co-option of foreign culture, more notably from Bulgaria and Greece.

The most famous example would be the “Warrior on a horse” statue that depicts Alexander the Great, the ruler of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia. While the country took its name from that state, most historical experts agree that most of ancient Macedon's legacy is in Greece.

Macedonia’s departure from the mentality of the Gruevski era is shown by their ratification of the declaration of cooperation with Bulgaria. The country is also moving towards solving an old dispute with Greece concerning the country’s name. The most likely name the country will take is “New Macedonia.”

 

Alex Dimchev

Alex Dimchev is a writer, editor, and weapons master for EUscoop.com

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