Monday, June 26, 2017
The prospects for resolving the long-standing dispute with Greece over Macedonia’s official name.
Western countries hope that by anchoring Macedonia to Euro-Atlantic institutions they will strengthen the stability of the region and prevent Russian encroachment. Greece, which has blocked Macedonia’s accession to the EU and NATO over what to call the country, holds the key to what happens next. The government just formed in Macedonia has expressed willingness to join NATO under the provisional name Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; this would be formally in accordance with the Interim Accord between the two countries of September 1995 and the International Court of Justice ruling of December 2011. However, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has been quick to reject this.