April 9, 2010
As a Macedonian living in the heart of Europe, I am surprised to read all that is happening to my country and my countrymen, and all the pressure coming from Greece (Europe’s favourite country, which is allowed to do what it likes and ask for anything from Europe and its neighbours).
Since when do we make the name of a country equal to the name of a region?
Why don’t we change the names of the same cities that appear in two different countries as well, so there are no misunderstandings or attempts to steal someone else’s history?
When will Europe put some pressure on Greece for not respecting the basic human rights of its minorities instead of giving her everything she asks of it, including financial help to get her out of the misery she put herself into? It should let her manage it by herself now.
What is Europe’s interest in helping Greece? Does it want more financial power to buy factories in Macedonia? Does it want to own this small country at the end, so it has more power to blackmail it into changing its name, identity, and whatever its the next demand is? Does it want to give more financial power to Greece so that it can ring more bells about how Macedonia depends financially on Greece and so Greece can own more Macedonian industry?
When will Greece be punished for the exodus of Macedonians years ago?
What kind of democracy is Europe trying to preach to us when it cannot resolve its own issues first? It is frustrating.
How can the EU ask us to change our name and constitution because Greece has decided so?
Why would Macedonia need to change its name to please the EU and Greece?
How does the EU have the right to put so much pressure on us and our government?
On what basis can it discriminate against our country and our people before we can join the EU and NATO?
The EU needs Macedonia more than Macedonia needs the EU in the end, because it cannot create its big Europe without us, no matter how small a country we are.
It should try to resolve its own issues before teaching others about democracy.
Macedonian citizenAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor