Macedonian referendum

Driven by emotions and slogans

For many years our main concern was to prove a given, namely the Greekness of ancient Macedonians, driven by the delusion that this would have an effect on the international stage. In other words, we thought that it would convince third countries not to recognize the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) as "Macedonia" and curb accusations of chauvinism against Greece.

A pile of mistakes

The Greek government never really tried to reach any kind of understanding with the country's opposition parties on the name deal signed with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in June.

Leftist officials failed to brief party leaders in time as negotiations unfolded between Athens and Skopje.

"No wonder NATO and US were happy with outcome in Skopje"

Beta agency reported this on Monday, citing an article published in Moscow-based daily Kommersant.

The newspaper, however, noted that there are now difficulties in the Greek parliament, which also needs to ratify the Prespa agreement. Namely, the Independent Greeks party opposes it and has left the ruling coalition.

Macedonia Parliament Agrees to Change Country's Name

Macedonia's parliament has approved a constitutional amendment to change the country's name to the Republic of North Macedonia, reports BBC News. 

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev narrowly secured the two-thirds majority needed in the historic vote amid a boycott by opposition nationalists.

Protesters outside parliament denounced what they called an act of treason.