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The Name Dispute after the July 7 Greek elections

The June 2018 Prespes Agreement, which settled the so-called Name Dispute with newly-renamed North Macedonia, Greece’s northern neighbor, was an important but not the...

Kosovo-Serbia relations again disrupted

Raids by Kosovo police on 28 May in a large anti-corruption operation triggered a serious deterioration of already-strained Kosovo-Serbia relations in the following days,...

North Macedonia’s presidential election results calm West’s worries

North Macedonia’s presidential runoff election on 5 May produced results guaranteed to calm fraying nerves in Athens, Washington, Brussels, Paris, and Berlin as the...

Name Dispute chills North Macedonia’s presidential election

What would normally be an inconsequential election for the largely ceremonial post of president in North Macedonia has crystallised into an unofficial referendum on...

Tsipras visits Skopje hoping to cement his Prespes accomplishments

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited North Macedonia’s capital Skopje on 2 April, his second visit to the country since signing the Prespes Agreement. ...

Tsipras heads to Skopje to salvage his Prespes gambit

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is set to deliver on his promised trip to North Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, on 2 April, which was announced...

Name Dispute: Important issues progressing while public attention fades

While the Name Dispute between Greece and the newly-renamed Republic of North Macedonia has fallen out of the headlines, several notable developments occurred in...

Name Dispute: Coming to terms

The Name Dispute has again fallen from the headlines in Northern Macedonia and Greece, as the public focus in Skopje is on April’s Presidential...

Delphi Economic Forum: Intense focus on Southeastern Europe

DELPHI, Greece - Now in its fourth year, the 2019 Delphi Economic Forum (DEF) has grown into a true Davos-like venue, with groups from...

Name Dispute: Nationality tussles highlight Prespes Agreement flaws

If there is an area where the June 2018 Prespes Agreement’s legions of detractors and a reasonable number of its mainstream but unenthusiastic supporters...

Name Dispute: North Macedonia’s name change takes hold

Following Greece’s ratification of the NATO Accession Protocol for North Macedonia February 8, over the past week, Europe witnessed a series of implementation steps...

Political landscape reshaped after blistering Prespes Agreement ratification battle

While Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras successfully avoided triggering national elections over the painful ratification battle for June’s Prespes Agreement with the newly renamed...

Deeply polarised Greece ratifies Prespes Agreement

Greece completed its rushed and contentious ratification procedure for the Prespes Agreement in a vote delayed to January 25, aiming to resolve the Name...

Tsipras narrowly wins self-imposed confidence vote

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won the closest of confidence challenges late January 16 with 151 votes in favour and 148 against. Although at...

Tsipras co-opts Independent Greeks in confidence vote, expected to get North Macedonia seal of approval

All the pieces are now in place for a one-two process that will see the Prespes Agreement, which seeks to resolve the Greece-Macedonia/FYROM Name...

Name Dispute: Prespes ratification issue is front and center

Like the slowly ticking time bomb it actually represents for the Greek political world, the Prespes Agreement ratification procedure rolls almost inexorably towards completion...

UN face off over Kosovo army vote

The Kosovo Parliament’s December 14 vote to formally create a military structure triggered the almost-automatic UN Security Council (UNSC) face off December 17 in...

Kosovo votes to transform civil defence force into formal military structure

The Kosovo Parliament voted almost unanimously on December 14 to begin the process of upgrading the country’s existing NATO/KFOR-trained paramilitary force, the Kosovo Security...

Name Dispute: Flaws in Prespes Agreement fuel new Greek firestorm

With the Prespes Agreement ratification steamroller moving almost inexorably forward in Macedonia/FYROM, public attention to the issue in Greece has refocused and the subject...

Name Dispute: Greece’s odd couple stays the course

The fate of the yet-unratified Prespes Agreement, signed last June as the vehicle for resolving the so-called Name Dispute between Greece and Macedonia/FYROM, was...

Name Dispute: Taking stock in Skopje after the disappointing referendum

Shockwaves continue from the low turnout in the referendum in Macedonia/FYROM, which had been hoped to approve June’s Prespes Agreement settling the Name Dispute...

Zero hour for Name Dispute

In the run-up to Macedonia/FYROM’s referendum on settling its three-decade-old Name Dispute with neighbouring Greece, the rival parties involved in the vote made impassioned...

Name Dispute: Parade of stars to Skopje continues as referendum approaches

A wave of important visitors before the September 30 referendum on the Prespes Agreement -- which aims to settle the Name Dispute between Greece...

WikiLeaks revelations propel Name Dispute issue back to center stage

The Prespes Agreement - the latest attempt to end the quarter-century-long Name Dispute between Greece and its neighbour FYROM/Macedonia by renaming the latter 'the Republic of North...

Name Dispute: Furious reaction to Prespes Agreement expands

Strong public and political reactions have continued throughout Greece following the June 17 signature of the Prespes Agreement that was intended to resolve the...

With the signing over, the long battle for ratifying the Name Dispute agreement begins

Greece’s ruling coalition survived a no-confidence motion on June 16, which was followed the next day with the signature of a bilateral agreement formally...

Closing a new chapter in the Name Dispute

After nearly 27 years of haggling, the race to the finish line for a formal end to the Greece-Macedonia/FYROM Name Dispute kicked into full...

The wait is over. Name Dispute agreement comes together

After a delayed set of phone calls June 11 and 12, and a late June 12 intervention by UN Mediator Matthew Nimetz, the prime...

Name Dispute talks hanging in the balance

Ever since the May 28 Brussels announcement that the foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia/FYROM had finished their work and had delivered their proposals...

Name Dispute negotiations: Doing a new tango ahead of the summer summits

Negotiations over the Greece/Macedonia/FYROM Name Dispute resumed in New York on May 24-25 following consultations in Washington by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias earlier...

Name Dispute negotiations: Zaev’s “Ilinden Gambit” melts down in Athens and Skopje

Within 24 hours of the end of bilateral discussions on the sidelines of the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia late last week, a new...

Name Dispute negotiations: Getting closer, but is this just a matter of sequencing or is it deeper?

While the negotiations over the Greece-Macedonia/FYROM Name Dispute returned to a faster track after the visit of UN Mediator Matthew Nimetz to Athens May...

Little progress on Name Dispute after “remedial diplomacy” session called by Matthew Nimetz

Filling a rare week when no bilateral meetings on the Greece-Macedonia/FYROM Name Dispute were scheduled, UN Mediator Matthew Nimetz organised a special meeting in...

Limited progress reported on Name Dispute at Ohrid meeting

With only three months to go before a critical NATO summit in Bucharest that could potentially approve the admission of new members, the foreign...

Negotiations on Greece-Macedonia/FYROM Name Dispute advance in Vienna

Despite intense ongoing diplomatic sparring with Turkey on Greece’s Aegean front, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias was able to keep his March 29-30 Vienna...

Rebooting the Name Dispute negotiations with a symbolic Skopje visit

The visit of Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias to Skopje March 22-23 was a clear attempt to reboot the dragging 2018 cycle of the...

US deepens engagement on Europe’s southern flank

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell continued his weeklong trip through Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean visiting Belgrade...

Turmoil in and around Greece may be switching the Greece-Macedonia/FYROM Name Talks into low gear

The barrage of Greek domestic politics and this week’s almost-clashes with Turkey in the Aegean have combined to get the Greece-Macedonia/FYROM Name Dispute talks...

Amidst backtracking, a difficult week in the Greece-Macedonia/FYROM Name Talks

While a few positive steps can be listed, real progress over the last week on the Greece-Macedonia/FYROM Name Dispute is hard to document. To...

Numbers game deepens over size of Athens rally on Greece-FYROM/Macedonia Name Dispute

The Greek people sent a strong message in Athens on February 4 that many will not countenance the use of a compound name including...

Greece-Macedonia/FYROM Name Talks: Searching for new momentum after Nimetz Balkan visit

The UN Mediator for the Greece–FYROM/Macedonia Name Dispute, Matthew Nimetz, visited both Athens and Skopje over the January 29-February 1 period. Important issues were discussed...

Macedonia name dispute: Are the stars aligning for a new U.S. push?

In the shadow of the failed Cyprus talks, another critical regional issue for Greece and the Western Balkans is apparently coming back into sharp...

US Vice President Pence reaches out to Greek PM Tsipras after Cyprus talks collapse

In a clear attempt to minimize the regional political fallout from the failed Cyprus talks, U.S. Vice President Michael Pence called Greek Prime Minister...

Concordia's Europe Summit inaugurated in Athens

The inaugural Concordia Europe Summit ran June 6-7 in Athens. Launching the star-studded event, Concordia’s founders, Nicholas Logothetis and Matthew Swift, said Greece...

Trump unveils his “Hard Power Budget” delineating elements of an American withdrawal from global leadership, if approved

The screaming had already started well before President Trump revealed his proposals for a “Hard Power Budget” March 16, since the main budget outlines...

For Greece’s PM Tsipras, Another Fruitless Run at the Debt Issue in New York

In serious trouble at home from a series of interconnected scandals and policy blunders, Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras turned to the annual UN...

Tsipras, the UN and the “American factor”

We have made it a point to emphasize that PM Tsipras September 26-October 1 New York visit focused far less on the business of...

Greek PM Tsipras does New York. This was a UN visit, right?

Greek PM Tsipras arrived in New York late September 26th, intending to stay until October 2.  His main UN General Assembly (UNGA) address is...

Now that the election is over, Tsipras plans an UNGA visit. New York will again be the place to be…

Admittedly a very busy man these days, Greek PM Tsipras is planning to join the world’s UNGA-70 (70th anniversary of the UN General Assembly)...

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