Regarding ‘Macedonia name dispute inspires exotic idea‘ :
As has repeatedly been said, the Macedonia name dispute is a matter of culture and history. And yes, these factors determine the future trajectories of both the countries concerned.
The majority of FYROM’s population has nothing to do with Macedonian culture, which is Greek and reached its apex during the ancient Macedonian dynasty of Timenides, to which Philip B and Alexander the Great belong.
There is no Macedonian language, because we’re talking about the Greek language. The so-called ‘Macedonian’ language claimed by the FYROM people is a dialect of Bulgarian, using the Cyrillic alphabet and introduced to the Slav peoples by Greek scholars Cyril and Methodious from Thessaloniki during Byzantine times.
In turn, their accendants pay off for this major offer by acclaiming for theirs the possessions of their donors!!!
The newly-born state – a coincidence? – can be named after the capital city – Scopije- which is again a Greek name meaning ‘the place of the guard’, since that was the function of the place in Byzantine times, before becoming a city.
We continue to be generous enough to let other peoples live by exploiting the rich Greek language, since Greek names for cities are found in five continets across the globe. The Greeks are destined to offer themselves to humanity on the basis of mutual respect.
The FYROM people have to learn from this if they want to be accepted by the international community.
GreeceAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor