Greece and Macedonia End Name Dispute - For Now

Greece and Macedonia signed the agreement for switching Macedonia’s name to North Macedonia. With this event, a long process of name negotiations is over for now, if the agreement sticks despite some levels of opposition in both countries.

The agreement between Macedonia and Greece was signed in the Greek village of Prespa by the foreign ministers of the two countries – Nikola Dimitrov and Nikos Kotzias respectively. The PM of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, and his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras were also present at this historical moment. The UN representative for the naming dispute, Matthew Nimetz, and the European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, also attended the signing.

Protesters in both countries opposed the name change. The police in Athens had to use gas and stun grenades in order to prevent the protesters from entering the parliament building. Macedonian nationalists protested, with the leader of the opposition party VMRO-DPMNE calling the name dispute solution a “capitulation.”

Alex Dimchev

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

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