Tag Archives: Balkans

Greece | Greek Parliament ratifies ‘North Macedonia’ accord

Greece on Friday ratified a landmark accord that changes the name of the neighbouring Former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia(FYROM), ending a decades-old dispute with its neighbour and opening the way for the ex-Yugoslav republic to join the European Union and NATO.

Greece | Tsipras wins confidence vote with 151 majority, paving way for Prespes deal

Following two days of vehement debate in Parliament, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won a motion of confidence in his government late on Wednesday with 151 votes in favor and 148 against.

Attention now shifts to a vote on the Macedonia name deal, which is expected to come to Parliament early next week and whose passage is less certain.

“Why I don’t recognize North Macedonia as my home country”

by Goran Lazarevski

Last week, Macedonia’s Parliament approved a constitutional amendment to change the country’s name to the Republic of North Macedonia. Under the agreement, the country’s language will be called Macedonian and its people known as Macedonians/citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia. The new name will be used both internationally and bilaterally, so that even the 140 or more countries that recognise the name Macedonia will also have to adopt North Macedonia. In Macedonian, the name is Severna Makedonija. While mainstream media have described this vote as “historic” – voices from the Left have been highly critical of it. We present here one such perspective by Goran Lazarevski.

Croatia | Big Lockheed Martin against small Croatia: the failure of purchasing aged Israeli F-16 jets

by Marko Knežević

The story of the Croatian procurement, more precisely a purchase attempt, of Israeli F-16 fighter jets has all the elements of a foreign-policy thriller, including intrigues, transnational interests, corruption, a plot twist, and the shocking ending when the main character realizes he has fallen into something bigger than him. Still, it is not a memorable blockbuster, only an everyday episode of the long-running sitcom set in the Government of Croatia. Already in April 2018, the BalkansPost reported about a high-level corruption behind the sale and cyber attacks against investigative journalists who published sensitive documents related to it, but the controversial story reached an unexpected twist over the last few weeks.

Serbian opposition announces new protests

Dragan Djilas (photo), leader of the opposition Alliance for Serbia (SZS) has announced a new protest in Belgrade that will be held on Saturday. The motto of the protest will be “Let’s count ourselves”, because influential pro-government broadcasters, including national television (RTS), claimed in their accounts that the previous rally was attended by the few citizens. Djilas said that he expects fair reports from RTS.