On September 30th, a referendum of state was held on the renaming of the republic and membership in Euro-Atlantic structures in Macedonia. Macedonia’s vote on changing its name to North Macedonia has fortunately fallen far short of the turnout required. Preliminary results show that just over a third of Macedonians voted in the referendum, with 50% needed.
But with 90% of those who took part in favor of the change, the country’s prime minister has urged parliament to “confirm the will of the majority”, however this cuts against constitutional provisions and would be outright illegal.
While Greeks have a strong case regarding the naming controversy of Macedonia, what was also at issue on the same ballot was whether the public would support entry into NATO.
The name ‘Macedonia’, for the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which gained independence in 1991, does not allow the Greek leadership to eat and sleep in peace. Greece has its own historical Macedonia, and they believe that there can be no two Macedonias, because it leads to possible territorial conflicts and even separatism. The same opinion is held in the European Parliament. Greece holds a veto, at any rate, and is willing and ready to use it, which is their right.
Accordingly, so long as the Republic of Macedonia retains its name, Greece intends to block its membership in the EU and NATO. It is assumed that the Republic of Macedonia should be renamed to Northern Macedonia, which should remove all claims from Greece.
Interest in the referendum and in general to the events taking place in the last few years in Macedonia attracts close attention not only from Europe, but also from those overseas who are enamored with arranging life all over the world according to their own plans and desires.
The resolution from the July NATO summit, at which Macedonia received an official invitation to join the Alliance, attaches particular spice to the Macedonian referendum.
It is characteristic that on the eve of the referendum, Skopje was visited by such influential cones as Frau Chancellor of All Germany, the heads of the defense departments of the United States and Italy, and the NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg. And they didn’t visit in order to see local sights, but with utilitarian goals, promise streets paved with gold to the Macedonian elitist, which actually indicates Euro-Atlantic insecurity.
Moreover, this uncertainty has quite a serious justification. Not later than on June 26, Macedonian President Gheorghe Ivanov refused to sign an agreement on changing the name of a state that had been ratified by the parliament of the republic.
Earlier, the Prime Minister of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev and the country’s parliament were in favor of signing an agreement with Greece, while President George Ivanov was opposed.
In the current situation of the conflict of interests, the deputies threaten to announce to the head of state a no-confidence motion and initiate impeachment.
Ivanov’s refusal to sign a parliamentary piece of paper was not the whim of the president. First of all, this agreement contradicts the constitution of Macedonia and the resolutions of the UN Security Council.
“I do not accept ideas or proposals that could endanger the national identity of the Macedonians, the characteristics of the Macedonian nation and the Macedonian language,” the Greek media quoted Gheorghe Ivanov as saying.
At the same time, it should be known that the ‘Macedonian language’ is a Slavic language tremendously closer to Serbian and Bulgarian than it is to Greece, and not at all to the Hellenic dialect spoken in any place now bearing the name ‘Macedonia’. Others, then, have proposed the name be the ‘Slavic Republic of Macedonia’, such was put forward as a possibility by Dr. Alexandr Dugin when he visited the country earlier this year. This retrieved a mixed reception – certainly Macedonians feel tremendously more affinity with their Slavic cousins the Serbs, than with their southern neighbors of Greece (and its three regions bearing the name, Macedonia).
Macedonia has long been connected with both iterations of Yugoslavia, previously being called Vardarska Banovina. The south of Vardarska marks the southern-most realm of the Slavic speaking Balkans. It appears that similar to Kosovo, Tito had in mind naming it Macedonia precisely to poke at Greece, as Tito believed that eventually Albania and perhaps parts of Northern Greece – the actual, that is, historic areas of Macedonia – might come under a powerful Yugoslav fold. Instead, Yugoslavia was eventually destroyed by Euro-Atlantic structures in a bloody civil war and later US-NATO bombing and occupation, and the results were a messy reality for both Kosovo and Macedonia.
Unlike gullible Ukrainian Maidan types, citizens of Macedonia living in the neighborhood of the EU and NATO member states have serious reasons for skepticism so as not to want their country to join these organizations.
First of all, there was a civil war in Yugoslavia, replete with refugees, devastation and impoverishment of the inhabitants of a previously flourishing and united country. As well as a vivid anti-example of neighboring Bulgaria and Romania, which lowered their own interests and well-being to the toilet for the right to join the EU and NATO.
Then, the Euro-Atlantists, in order to advance their selfish interests, like to use the Albanian factor in Macedonia according to the Kosovo scenario. The events of May 9-10, 2015 in Kumanovo, a small town in northern Macedonia, where fighting took place between the forces of the republican Interior Ministry and Albanian militants, will not be forgotten in the republic for a long time. Moreover, they were preceded by large-scale anti-government protests and armed provocations by Albanian extremists in the capital of Macedonia, Skopje.
Oddly then, Greece has done more than justice for Macedonia, perhaps there is something hidden, unknown which the Greek elites and common people both wish to communicate – “keep your name, and save yourself all of our troubles and hardships, we’ll even help to make sure this never happens.”