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Name Deal Must Protect Greece's Macedonian Brands, Says Business Leader

Following the Greece/FYROM deal, commercial names, trademarks and brand names referring to 'Macedonia' must be exclusively Greek, a leading businessman has said. The head of the Union of Hellenic Chambers and the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Konstantinos Michalos, said 'Macedonian'...

Greek Lawmaker Wanted for Treason Now Says He Respects Democracy

A Greek member of parliament arrested on Monday on treason charges has expressed regret over his outburst last week that the military should arrest the president, prime minister and defense minister over the deal on the FYROM name issue. Konstantinos...

FYROM Proposes 'Republic of Ilinden Macedonia' in Naming Dispute

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) has apparently put a new name for the country on the negotiating table with Greece. Media in Skopje quoting government sources claim that during Thursday's meeting with Greek premier Alexis Tsipras, the country's...

Pro-FYROM Activists Lobby Australian Parliament

An online petition could be headed to Australia's parliament demanding Canberra recognize the Skopje government as the 'Republic of Macedonia'. Under Australian law, an e-petition has four weeks to gather as many signatures as possible before it is presented by...

Skopje Moves Controversial ‘Macedonian’ Statue

As Skopje begins to replace signs featuring Greek cultural symbols -- such as its 'Alexander the Great Highway' displays -- FYROM's government also moved a controversial statue on Thursday. The statue of Andon Lazov Yanev, a 19th century nationalist, was moved from its...

Skopje Opposition Insist on Keeping ‘Macedonia’

  As Skopje's political leadership prepares to meet on Saturday evening, one of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)'s opposition parties has hinted at plans to rename the country's 'Alexander the Great' international airport. Vice president of the VROM party, Aleksandar...

Bulgarian Party Says Greeks ‘Usurping’ Macedonia Name

(VMRO-BND members march with posters reading 'Misya-Tracia-Macedonia' and 'VMRO: Macedonia is Bulgarian'. Photo: VMRO-BND website) Bulgaria's nationalist VMRO-BND party has accused Athens of trying to "usurp" the name Macedonia from Skopje and claim its exclusive use. According to a Balkan Insight...

Greece, FYROM Commit To Solving Name Dispute

Senior figures from Greece and FYROM on Tuesday pledged to renew efforts to resolve the countries’ ongoing name dispute, amid earlier rejections by Athens of foreign media reports claiming a breakthrough had been made. FYROM Deputy Prime Minister for European...

Diplomacy in Overdrive over FYROM Name Dispute

Political leaders in Athens and Skopje are bracing for a diplomatic marathon over the 26-year-old dispute between Greece and FYROM over the name of the former Yugoslav republic. On both sides of the border there have been encouraging signs and...

President Pavlopoulos: Greek Veto on FYROM's EU-NATO Bid is Non-Negotiable

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said that Greece's stand on the ongoing name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) is non-negotiable. Visiting the Macedonian Tombs of Lefkadians, near Naoussa, the Greek leader said that those who dispute...