Greek "Plan B" for the Macedonia Name Dispute

The Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Kotzias, and his team made a “Plan B” in order to solve the naming dispute with Macedonia. This plan aims to remove the more problematic elements of the Macedonian constitution relating to irredentism (the reclaiming of territories that “belong” to certain countries).

If Macedonia wants to enter the EU or be a competitive member of the international scene, the country must fix its constitution. Macedonia will also have to make agreements with the United Nations Security Council, NATO, and the European Union for taking the necessary steps towards international cooperation. While Bulgaria has the presidency of the EU it is attempting to prioritize the expansion of the EU throughout the Balkans, as one of the major focuses of the EU.

More specifically, Greece demands the change of Macedonia’s name. Several options were announced by the country’s politicians, all of which are unlikely to please Greek nationalists. There’s are a lot of difficulties in reaching a consensus on the topic, as the entire political system in Macedonia is based on that name and identity.

The Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias and his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Dimitrov will meet yet again in Vienna, Austria on April 12 in order to smooth out the naming dispute. But it's obvious that there must be a rather large compromise made by one of the sides. Whether it will be Macedonia giving up its name or Greece accepting a name that includes Macedonia in it, that remains to be seen. There have been huge protests in Greece when it was suggested that they may accept a name that includes "Macedonia".

However, it's undeniable that Macedonia has been moving towards more western ideals and turning its back on some of the chauvinistic attitudes of the past. One sign of that was the removal of the Skopje 2014 statue of Bulgarian revolutionary Andon Kyoseto.

Alex Dimchev

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

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