North Macedonia Says Name Deal With Greece Wobbly After EU Talks Block

North Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

North Macedonia’s Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev said vetoes by at least three countries so far to open European Union accession talks with his country could jeopardize the agreement with Greece that changed its name.

Zaev and former Greek premier and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras in 2018 struck the deal to change the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), giving away the name of the ancient Greek province of Macedonia over furious objections from most Greeks and nationalists in the now-North Macedonia.

Greece also lifted a veto keeping North Macedonia out of NATO, a process now proceeding, and also a bar on beginning EU admission talks, but France objected, as did The Netherlands and Denmark, citing corruption and other issues they considered too contentious for now.

Speaking to the Greek edition of Euronews in Skopje, the North Macedonian capital, he said that   certain fundamental articles of the agreement settling a two-decade-old name dispute between the two neighbors, are linked to the progress of his country’s accession to the EU.

“Certain chapters will be frozen because they cannot be implemented. We will try to implement them, but the two are connected to each other,” Zaev said in comments translated into Greek by Euronews, stressing that some chapters mainly concern domestic use of the country’s new name.

The vetoes led him to call early elections for April, 2020, leaving the deal in limbo, especially if a new government is elected but without explaining how it could be undone since it was signed by his country and Greece and was binding.

“We have no alternative. There are no other offers that could serve as an alternative. What other offers there may be do not give us democracy, rule of law and liberties. If the light of the stars of the European Union flag is extinguished, we will have darkness here. And we may get lost in this darkness,” Zaev was quoted as saying.

“If radicalization and the resurgence of nationalism are given fertile ground, this will do a lot of harm to the entire Balkans. And when the Balkans have a problem, Europe has a problem,” the premier added in the interview.

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  1. So we have the impeachment scandal of lies in Washington, The “War on Terrorism lie and scandal in Syria, The Macedonian Cultural theft lies in Greece and Washington, the TNH and Greek Secret societies lies of Washington economic sanctions scandal, the TNH and Greek Secret societies lies of the Eastern Partnership Energy Act with U.S and Israel which hands over control of Greece;’s energy economy to these foreign countries, and now.. we know that the ruling parties .. of Greece conspired to simply support and make way ..for another U.S and Nato base to be established in North Macedonia!

    Of course Zaev.is in trouble .. because he to was a traitor to his Macedonian populatio.by agreeing to these terms, like Tsipras to comply with their rulers ..in the form of Jeffrey Pyatt and Robert Menendez .. the greatest Hellene in history, according to George Horiates and Endy Zemenides.. who really ..is the number Israeli Agent in the Kineset Congress of America!

    There is one common denominator .. the Marxist gangsters of America..supported by TNH and western media.. continue to lie to the world and rape the blood and money of America ..to take over the econmic, political , and military sovereignty of the independent countries of the world!

    Today, we are impotent to stop them .. as we watch the horrific debacle in Syria ..where these degenerates can public ally torture the people of Syria,.steal their oil and gas reserves, take their land, and embargo oil imports.

    1. “Of course Zaev.is in trouble .. because he to was a traitor to his Macedonian population”

      Hilarious. Now alleged “Greek” Gianakos claims Skopians are “Macedonians”. He supports irredentist Skopian far right VMRO in the name dispute. I rest my case. Gianakos is not Greek. He’s seems to be a Slav propagandist that shamelessly comes here pretending to be “Greek”.

  2. Gianakos you don’t support Greece in practice in the name disptue given you constantly attacked Roberto Menendez that was one of the few american politicians that supported Greece in the name dispute.

    All you seem to do is come here and rant about Americans. You don’t care about Greece at all. I would not at all be surprised if you were a Russian pretending to be Greek given your endless pro-Russian positions.

    Greece must seek its own interests not that of the US or that of Russia that you obsess over..

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  3. Greek…it is clear that you are a member of the fraudulent Greek Secret Societies of Ahepa Masons and Hellenic organizations, whose leadership , are merely scandalous fronts for the Glory of America and Israeli ruling Aristocrats, who have hijacked the voice of the Greek Community in Greece and America..to represent the interests of White Supremacist Aristocrats racist and Marxist ..like Robert Menendez, who as foreign Relations chairman.has been payed handsomely by the Pro Jewish lobbies,to impose a foreign policy of genocidal regime change wars and rape the treasury of America of 6 trillion dollars with Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton , Joe Biden, Jeffrey Pyatt , which include Yemen, lebanon, Iraq, libya, Venezuela, Cuba, Honduras, Iran..and of course, his biggest project and lie,”THE WAR ON TERRORISM being played out in Syria .. where Terrorist and war criminal Turkey, illegally.invades, like Menendez, Syria for the 3rd time and occupies Syrian land and murders civilians, and uses one of Menendez’s lie to justify it .. to fight Terrorism! All enemies of Israel and Menendez..not me!

    Then we watch exactly why Menendez appropriated from his position as Israeli Agent .. about 1 billion dollars to arm Terrorist in Syria when his army decides to not defend Syrians against terrorist Turkey, but defend the oil and gas fields of Syria against the legitimate government forces of people of Syria, now advancing on “THEIR OIL FIELDS” and to confront Turkey!

  4. cont..
    Greek.. you are nothing more than the demented followers of the Nazi party and Adolph Hitler in Nazi Germany, who called themselves true patriots, in supporting the atrocities committed by members of the German government, like Menendez…against Jews, other minorities ..and of course ..Greeks in Greece! They were called ….”BROWN SHIRTS”

    Greek… it is a know fact ..that whatever the State department accuses Russia or any of its invented enemies of the state.of doing criminally….it is because they are actually doing it or planning to do it!

    Therefore, fraudulent ” BROWN SHIRT” GREEK…it is you..who criminally support a War Criminal and indicted politician..for taking millions of dollars from the Jewish lobbies, which he called Gifts.but cannot conceal the fact.that it was money stolen from the people of America by his Jewish benefactor.who is spending 20 years in Prison for stealing 8 million dollars from Medicare!

    Menendez.has a record of treason..beyond working for a foreign government..which includes…
    Just one of only 4 democrats in Congress to join Donald Trump in tearing up a International Agreement that prohibits Iran from developing Nuclear Warheads..and ends economic warfare on Iran!

    Instead, Menendez has incited on behalf of Israel in tearing up of this agreement, economic, political , and military war on Iran ..who is not an enemy of the world or Americans, only an invented enemy of yours..BROWN SHIRT!

    Bye..Brown Shirt!

  5. Your rant against Menendez, who SUPPORTED Greece against Skopians, is only further evidence you are not Greeks. You seem to be a Slav propagandist that comes here to troll Greeks for the sake of foreign powers.

  6. The Russian “internet Research agency” is an organization paid by oiligarchs linked to the Putin government. Some the issues they pushed on the internet ….
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Research_Agency

    Criticism of Ukraine’s and the United States’ foreign policies, and of the top politicians of these states;

    Praise for Vladimir Putin and the policy of the Russian Federation.

    Praise for and defense of Bashar al-Assad.

    You if listen to “giannis” his positions match this agenda to a tee. His positions are not pro-Greek… they are pro-Russian. On every issue, even when it harms the interests of Greece (like the Skopians name dispute) he take the exact same position as Putin..

    I used the handle Mao on this post. This does mean I am Chinese. I plead to the moderator to please stop making Greeks look like idiots by leaving this troll to spew his garbage here.. Please kick out this SLav propagandist off this Greek website.

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