The Balkans are on the verge of a historical breakthrough of their own
In recent weeks the attention of the world, understandably, was turned to the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. However, at the same time developments in the Balkans have also moved forward and rightly deserve our attention. While the leaders of nuclear states were meeting in Singapore to supposedly and hopefully strike a deal to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, Skopje and Athens were busy striking a breakthrough deal of their own. According to reports from both countries, the two governments have finally agreed upon a new name for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, which means that Greece will no longer use its veto power to block its northern neighbour’s accession to NATO, and the country can also now begin talks with the EU.