There’s an excellent piece in today’s Guardian about the spat between Greece and Macedonia (or “Former Yugoslave Republic of Macedonia” as it’s being forced to call itself). Aside from the opinon piece by Mark Tran, the comments from readers are really illuminating. Yes, there are a few rants, but in general the arguments are well thought out and considered. I think it’s just another example of a European ‘conflict’ where we need to hear voices from both sides.
You can read the article here. And make sure you sample at least some of the comments – it’ll be well worth your time.
I do think though, considering the recent history of the Balkans, we can’t be too complacent here. Sure, Macedonia is hardly going to lauch a full-scale invasion of Greece (despite what Greece says), but what we don’t need is another intractable border dispute based on religious or ethnic lines. For that, we already have Bosnia, Cyprus, Turkey/Greece and… well, the list goes on.
For me, this represents just another example of where arbitrary lines on a map from the last century have come back to bite Europe.