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Letter to North Macedonia, Which Isn’t Macedonia, Which is Greek

If law professor Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova, who refers to herself on X as “President of Macedonia, wife, mother, professor, activist, expert, vegetarian, rocker” (where’s revisionist?) doesn’t like that her country is now actually called North Macedonia, it can always go back to what it was: FYROM.

True, that sounds like a lubricant on sale at Walmart – “Hey, I can’t get this wheel nut off the car, can someone hand me the FYROM?” – even though it was an acronym for ‘Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’.

That was a cockamamie name chosen as a place-holder, as in zero, until another name could be worked out with Greece, which wasn’t happy that FYROMians referred to themselves anyway as Macedonians, as did headline writers.

The real Macedonia is in Greece, abutting Northern Exposure Macedonia, which is perhaps what it should be called given how funny it is with comedians like Siljanovska-Davoska, recently elected in such a rout she said she wants her country called only Macedonia, if only by her and Prime Minister-elect Hristian Mickoski.

Greece’s former ruling Looney Left SYRIZA gave away the name Macedonia as spinelessly as it gave up the fight to bring back the stolen Parthenon Marbles from the thieves of the British Museum. Thank Zeus that amateur hour is over.

Before taking power in 2019, now-Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis didn’t like the so-called Prespa Agreement – named for the lake which borders the two countries – but implemented it, although holding back several articles in reserve.

He said the Parliament his New Democracy controls won’t ratify those if Siljanovska-Davkova, who should be the Minister of Silly Talks too, and Mickoski keep calling their country Macedonia.

That means Greece is putting up a roadblock to North Macedonia getting into the European Union as soon as it’s as corrupt as Bulgaria, but he already let North Macedonia get into NATO, where it offers nothing.

He’s holding back little fish and will eventually work out something that lets North Macedonian officials call their country Macedonia except in international agreements, in a political compromise saving face on both sides.

Backpedaling over the furor, Siljanovska-Davkova’s office said that she would adhere to the country’s international obligations but that she would keep “the right to use the name Macedonia as a personal right of self-identification.”

She’s playing to the nationalist crowd which elected her, and perhaps saw that Greece threatened to block Albania’s hopes of joining the EU when that country’s Bad Artist leader Edi Rama had ethnic Greek Fredi Beleri jailed after being elected Mayor of the seaside town of Himare, which Rama wants business friends to develop for tourism.

Greece won’t stand in the way of Albania getting into the EU, all the posturing notwithstanding, because the United States wants Albania in the EU to stave off Russian interests, and the EU wants Albania in the EU to be the 28th member of the Corrupt Club, and North Macedonia the 29th. Make way for Serbia.

“If some believe they can disregard the agreement, they should understand that their path to Europe will remain closed, and the memoranda will not be ratified unless there is compliance with what the agreement stipulates,” Mitsotakis rightfully said.

All this is much ado about nothing, although some North Macedonian food products label themselves as Macedonian, which is a Greek province with Greek food, and who ever said: “Hey, let’s go get some North Macedonian food?”

Years of American-led diplomacy failed to find a new name for FYROM before SYRIZA just gave away the name of the Greek province despite protests and most Greeks opposing it before another issue took away all the rage.

The proposals on the table were almost as funny as Constitutional Law professor Siljanovska-Davkova wanting to break a contract, which is perhaps what she specializes in teaching at the University of Skopje.

Wags on social media came up with good ones, like Fyromania, apt since it burned, but the allegedly serious ones on the table at the time were New Macedonia, Upper Macedonia, Slavo-Macedonia, Nova Makedonija and Macedonia (Skopje) – all, of course, including Macedonia – a Greek province.

Siljanovska-Davkova is the first female president in the history of North Macedonia and was born in what was then Yugoslavia, so she may be suffering from a feeling of statelessness or the unbearable weight of not being.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty noted she has previously called herself a champion of justice in everyday life, particularly in the area of women’s rights, and an “emancipated woman with traditional family values,” oxymoronically.

The name deal, said the Lawlessness Professor, is still “legally and politically open,” if only in her closed mind. She said the agreement was “adopted in violation of national law” and a “serious violation of the collective and individual human rights of the citizens of Macedonia.” There’s that word again.

Mickoski said, “we don’t expect relations between the two countries to be based on displays of power; we expect good and excellent neighborly relations,” but didn’t say how that could happen by breaking the legal agreement.

“If Greece believes we violated the Prespa Agreement, let them appeal to the International Court of Justice,” Mickoski stated, but he’s a mechanical engineer so maybe he can hire a bad lawyer like Siljanovska-Davkova to represent North Macedonia. That should seal the deal. Unless they don’t like that one either.


JUNE 23RD: On this day in 1996, Andreas Papandreou, the Greek politician and economist who served as Prime Minister of Greece for two terms (1981-1989 and 1993-1996), passed away.

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