Greece reaches deal with neighbor on contentious country name

Greece reaches deal with neighbor on contentious country name

[Ed. – The cognoscenti know this can only be the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (or, as the FYROM-edonians have had it since 1991, the Republic of Macedonia).   Sadly, we’re not able to preview the agreed-on name just yet.  But after 27 years, what’s another few days?  It is interesting to see the agreement finally concluded, incidentally.  The emphasis on NATO admissibility for Macedonia is informative.  With Turkey increasingly questionable, it makes sense for Athens to want Skopje tucked tidily inside the NATO fold and ranged alongside Greece in internecine disputes.]

The prime minister of Greece said Tuesday his country had reached an agreement with the country’s northern neighbor to end a 27-year dispute over Macedonia’s name that has kept the former Yugoslav republic out of NATO.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in remarks broadcast by state television that a deal had been reached that would give Macedonia a different name that would be used both domestically and internationally.

Tsipras did not, however, immediately reveal what that name will be.

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