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Macedonia/Fyrom in NATO, say Chicago Greeks

(BRUSSELS2 to Chicago) “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is not ready to join NATO” the placard covers a good half of the Chicago Tribune, one of the city's daily newspapers, this morning (7 hour time difference).

He describes in detail how the country got its name. Called “Vandarska Banovisa” before 1994, this does not hold “ than Tito's desire to appropriate the historical and national heritage of Greece. The country does not meet all NATO criteria, including good neighborly relations, which requires resolving the name issue he explains in bold and capital letters.

« The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia instead of working intensively to fulfill all conditions pursues 19th century type nationalism leading to hostility and agitating propaganda against Greece, a founding member of NATO. »

The question of FYROM membership has remained on the NATO table for more than 10 years. The country has been a member of the membership plan since 1999. But the country was not reached in 2008, at the Bucharest summit, the required unanimity not being met… And for good reason.

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).