March 17, 2010
Regarding ‘EU-Macedonia relations‘:
First off, the reason FYROM was blocked from NATO was because the country applied for membership as ‘Macedonia’ and NOT as FYROM. Applying as ‘Macedonia’ and not as ‘FYROM’ is what violated the 1995 agreement, which the media is largely ignoring.
Secondly, in response to the former Green MEP Angelika Beer’s comment about “the absurdity of the slogan ‘Macedonia is Greek’,” her country, Germany, was against the idea of Austria calling itself the ‘German-Austrian Republic’ following WWI.
Germany, along with its allies, feared the future ramifications of the word ‘German’ in the new republic’s title and demanded that Austria change its name and remove the term ‘German’ from it, which they did.
Spiro, Private citizenAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor