Macedonia is a country recognized by 120 members of the United Nations and an applicant to EU and NATO. Another EU-member has been wrecking the enlargement strategy by a naming game, refusing the accept the name of the country.
A few months ago I not only found the obstruction of Greece shameful and tinted by the worst kind of nationalism, but also another show of EU’s negligence over its zone of influence (if it has one) that it did not push Greece into a deal. It would be very ironic if again the Americans would solve a rather childish minor diplomatic problem on the Balkans just because they care at least about NATO. By the way, Greece is somewhat involved in another nationalist conflict within the EU: Cyprus.
So, it is very welcome that at least Mr. Rehn, our enlargement commissioner has a view on the issue. According to EUobserver, “It is important to settle the name issue, which is a bilateral issue between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece, and … I sincerely hope that this almost eternal issue could finally be settled,” Mr Rehn told a news conference in Brussels. He has also praised the UN-mandated American negotiator’s work: “Mr Nimetz has shown over the years plenty of stamina, and I hope he still has for this final round enough stamina and determination to get things done,” the commissioner said.
I just keep wondering: how come that when the Austrians voted in a way that the EU leaders did not like they could put an EU member state under diplomatic blocade for almost a year, but do absolutely nothing against Greece’s reckless obstruction on EU’s and NATO’s enlargement? How lucky we are that the Americans are in NATO and they have a good negotiator on this issue…Author : Dániel Antal