January 31, 2009
Tony Barber writes about the latest round of the great Balkans naming game: Macedonia (a country that could not enter NATO and is not allowed to use its name in the United States because of a Greek veto over it) decided to rename an EU-funded cross-Balkans infrastructure project after its great conquering ruler, Alexander the Great. Greece (a country that obstructs EU, NATO and UN decision-making with its childish nationalistic cockfight with its smallest, poorest neighbor) decided to veto the funding of the whole “corridor 10” project.
Tony Barber says that
In an excellent new report, the International Crisis Group think-tank recommends that Skopje should state its readiness to accept a UN mediator’s proposal and use the name “Republic of Northern Macedonia” for international purposes. In return, Greece should drop its veto threats at Nato and the EU.
I do not subscribe to this view. A forming nation state should be allowed to use the name its citizens and the rest of the world knows: nation building takes time and souls. Although I understand the Macedonians are desperate to bring everybody into the conflict, they should drop this silly name. But the EU and NATO member states should really put Greece under pressure to stop the naming game, forever.Author : Dániel Antal