Mitsotakis Won’t Bar North Macedonia’s EU Hopes

FILE - Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during a meeting to the Ministry of Rural Development and Food, JULY 26, 2019. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Tatiana Bollari)

ATHENS – Backing off campaign tough talk that Greece could veto the newly-named North Macedonia’s European Union accession talks, new Prime Minister and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he won’t bar that country but wants still unspecified concessions.

Before he won July 7 snap elections, ousting the Radical Left SYRIZA of former Premier Alexis Tsipras who made the deal to give away the name of the ancient Greek province of Macedonia to let the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) change its name, Mitsotakis said keeping a Greek veto on North Macedonia’s EU hopes was still on the table if he won.

He was especially upset that many goods manufactured in North Macedonia were being marketed as “Macedonian,” causing confusion with products from the real Macedonia, which abuts that country.

It wasn’t said if that was one of the concessions he wanted as a source close to him, who wasn’t identified, told Kathimerini that Mitsotakis won’t stand in the way of North Macedonia trying to join the EU if he gets what he wants, said Kathimerini.

(Greece) will not say no to anyone. However, it will set its conditions,” the source said without explaining what those conditions were apart from sticking strictly to the terms of the deal that Mitsotakis had bitterly criticized.

The European Commission recommended opening accession negotiations with both states. It remains to be seen whether the Council, the heads of state of the 28 countries in the bloc will follow up on the recommendation in October.

Ironically, it was Mitsotakis’ late father and former Premier Constantinos Mitsotakis, who in 1991 let the new country emerging from the collapse of Yugoslavia to use the name of Macedonia in the FYROM acronym that was supposed to be temporary.

After successive FYROM governments kept claiming Greek lands, history and culture, Greece used its veto as a member of the EU to keep its neighbor out, as well as putting up a roadblock to entering NATO, which was lifted by SYRIZA under the deal which saw Greece gain little back.

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  1. Prespa is a terrible agreement. The Greek left are essentially narrating morons. They live in an alternate post nationalist reality where Marxists won the cold war.
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    SDSM are moderates but half of Skopians already violate the agreement by continuing to try to link themselves to ancient Macedonians and insinuate they are related to them. They have no incentive to change their behavior because many of the foreign nationalists that called these obvious frauds “ethnic” Macedonians are antihellenic scumbags that either evade or downplay their behavior (including mainstream western press like Economist, NY Times and Guardian whose pompous editorial appear to be trying to hide their mistake of recognizing them)

    ND has no choice but to recognize the agreement. If not Greece, will be further vilified by anti hellenic foreign nationalist. The best we can hope to do now is bring to public awareness that Skopian groups like VMRO, UMD, MHRMI, AMHRC, World Macedonian Congress, MINA and others that are currently violating the Prespa agreement.

    Force their foreign apologists to recognize those Prespa violations and call them out — or be called out as pompous antihellenic bigots.

    1. BABY Greek.blames everyone, but Mistotakis,.and wants us to act like Nancy Papaanneou and cries..

      Mommy! Mommy! “sniffle”that “BIG BAD SPARTAN BARBARIAN IS HURTING MY FEELINGS.”

      MOMMY !!. “.HE SHOULD KNOW BETTER, I DON’T LIKE TATTLETALE RS, WHO MAKE ME CRY..AND I AM ENTITLED TO LIE.TO FEEL GOOD!”

      MOMMY! MOMMY!..”snifle” ‘tell me about the fairy tale about the wicked witch of the North, who lived in a Castle called “Mohegan Sun” and did Indian dances to rain water, but instead turned every one in the castle ..into Macedonians, like those in the magic kingdom of Thessaloniki!’

      MOMMY! MOMMY! ” PLEASE TELL ME THE BEST PART OF THE TNH FAIRY TALES OF STORIES! YOU KNOW,WHERE THE RESURRECTED EXILED GREEK ROYAL FAMILY QUEEN OF THE KINGDOM OF ATLANTIC BAN, NANCY PAPANNAIOU, SLEW THE WICKED WITCH OF THE NORTH. AND TOOK THE WITCHES TAG AND APRON AND TURNED EVERYONE INTO MACEDONIANS FROM THE MAGIC KINGDOM OF NORTH MACEDONIA!

      MOMMY!..GOOD FOR THE QUEEN.AND EVERYONE LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER…. RIGHT?

      WELL, NOT EXACTLY! ..YOU SEE THE MAGIC KINGDOM OF THESSALONIKI DOES NOT LIKE THE WICKED WITCH OF THE NORTH WHO TURNED THE PEOPLE O F THE MOHEGAN SUN INTO ‘MACEDONIANS”, WHICH IS WHAT THE MAGIC KINGDOM OF THESSALONIKI ARE!

      BUT QUEEN NANCY OF Th E ATLANTIC BANK KINGDOM., UNFORTUNATELY, USED HER MAGIC POWERS, AND” BABY GREEK’ DON’T WET YOURSELF.,TO CHANGE EVERYBODY TO THE NAME OF THE WICKED WITCH OF THE NORTH.TO NORTH MACEDONIAN!…

      MOMMY! MOMMY!…NO MORE TNH…

  2. While New Editors of TNH.and the resurrected Greek exiled Greek Royal family of Greece, now Queen of the kingdom of the Atlantic Bank ..Nancy Papaioannou… just one of the corrupt members of the society of Banksters, who have collaborated to wage economic warfare with the U.S , EU, and Nato.on the countries of the world, to strip them of their sovereignty, money and in the case of Greece…the culture of the Greek Macedonians of Thessaloniki, .Nancy dearest attacks for the Glory of Greece… International student employees of the Terrorist Native American Indian tribal resort called the Kingdom of Mohegan Sun because they dared to fraudulently identify themselves as .”Macedonians”.

    The employees run to tell the tribe,” that European White Women.is again looking to strip me of my identity” , you know chief ..like the French, and English colonialist did to your tribe when they landed in America!

    Chief, those same French AND British EU members did it to the Macedonian population in Greece,with that new bully..U.S! .

    Queen Nancy.tells her court jester..TNH …”Off with their heads”.! Use Yellow Journalism bomb to FALSELY defame and disgrace them to the Greek community? …

    And the queen rages..didn’t Diamataris teach you anything! How do you expect to increase your circulation , and my bank kingdoms bank deposits? Besides, they will call me ..a hero!

    Should I denounce MIstotakis as a Fraud.? Of course not..he’s one of us.

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