Ναι στο “Βόρεια Μακεδονία”

Δημοσιεύτηκε στην ηλεκτρονική έκδοση της Καθημερινής στις 19 Ιουνίου, 2018.

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Ο συμβιβασμός με την πΓΔΜ, παρότι προβλέπει υποχωρήσεις στα θέματα εθνότητας και γλώσσας, στην πραγματικότητα πρόκειται να βελτιώσει σε ουσιαστικό βαθμό το δυσμενές στάτους κβο που έχει διαμορφωθεί τις τελευταίες δεκαετίες σε βάρος της Ελλάδας. Θα ήταν εξαιρετικά δύσκολο να επιτύχει η Ελλάδα καλύτερη συμφωνία στο μέλλον, αν δεν επικυρωθεί η παρούσα.

Η πιο εύκολη, ασφαλής και «πατριωτική» στάση που μπορούν να κρατήσουν τα πολιτικά κόμματα και όσοι ασχολούνται με τα κοινά είναι να απορρίψουν την συμφωνία. Αλλά η ανιδιοτελής αγάπη προς την πατρίδα δεν λογαριάζει κομματικά/προσωπικά οφέλη, ούτε το τι θα πουν οι άλλοι μπροστά στις προοπτικές ενός καλύτερου αύριο.

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Yes to “North Macedonia”

 

 

 

 

 

It appeared in print and on the online version of Kathimerini on June 20, 2018.

SUMMARY

The present compromise with FYROM, while making concessions on issues relating to ethnicity and language, is likely to improve substantially the existing international status quo vis-a-vis Greece, as this has been established over the past few decades. It would be unlikely for Greece to achieve a better deal in the future, if the present one is not ratified.

Opposing the deal may be the least risky and seemingly more “patriotic” stance that political parties and community leaders could adopt. However, if they are truly committed to serving our nation’s best interests, now is the perfect time to ignore the temptation to make decisions influenced by short-term political and/or private gains.

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Why a name deal with FYROM must be erga omnes

It appeared in print and on the online version of Kathimerini on May 16, 2018.

SUMMARY

The terms “Macedonia” and “Macedonian” have de facto come to refer mostly to (people from) FYROM. The reason is that national identities tend to supersede regional ones. A resolution to the naming issue can only be viable in the long term if it respects that each side claims a Macedonian identity, but should not monopolize it. The term “Macedonia” should be safeguarded against nationalistic elements that undermine the stability of the region and prosperity of its citizens.

To achieve these goals, “international usage” of FYROM’s new name needs to be truly international. And the only way to achieve this is by ensuring that the new compound name to be agreed is valid erga omnes.

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How to achieve a viable solution between Greece and FYROM

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SUMMARY

The only viable, long-term solution to the name issue is a compromise that (i) sufficiently differentiates between the two peoples, (ii) respects the fact that each side claims a Macedonian identity, but should not monopolize it, and (iii) has a permanent character by means of ratification of the new resolution – whatever that might be – in FYROM’s constitution. The international community should no longer turn a blind eye to nationalism and should actively encourage the two countries to reach a compromise and achieve a viable solution.

Co-written with Dr Tasos Panagiotelis from AIMS. It appeared in Kathimerini on April 26, 2018. 

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How FYROM Became a Victim of its Own Aggression

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SUMMARY

The present article challenges the false, albeit fairly common view that casts Greece as an obstinate aggressor and FYROM as an underdog and a victim.  Instead, the article argues that FYROM has been a victim of its own aggression, which has undermined the stability of the country and its prospects for further integration with Europe.

Co-written with Dr Tasos Panagiotelis from AIMS. It appeared on Neos Kosmos on April 13, 2018. 

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