Sofia May Become the Site for an Agreement Between Greece and Macedonia

If things go as planned, May 17th will mark a really important meeting between two Balkan leaders whose countries are currently in a dispute. Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras are scheduled for a personal meeting in Sofia during the EU - Western Balkans forum. This was reported by the Greek "News 247". The Greek and Macedonian Prime Ministers will try to reach a final agreement on the so-called "Macedonian problem" regarding the name of the former Yugoslavian republic. 

Diplomatic sources have confirmed for "News 247" that despite it not being publicly announced, Zaev and Tsipras stay in touch and have already reached an agreement on the majority of the subjects. According to the Greek news outlet, the dates May 11th and 12th are pivotal for the negotiations. Meetings between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of both countries are scheduled for those two days. The speaker of the Greek government said in front of the Greek radio "Alpha 984" that is very important for Macedonia to change its name in the Constitution as well. 

A wide variety of names have been suggested as the replacement for "Macedonia", mostly revolving around adding something to differentiate it from the Macedonian region of Greece. 

Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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