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Why have the states of Greece and Macedonia failed to solve the naming dispute after so many years?

It is often the little things that are hardest to settle. In a complex trade negotiation there is room for give and take on both sides. So both sides can come away from the negotiations feeling that ...
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Why have the states of Greece and Macedonia failed to solve the naming dispute after so many years?

Their fears do have a basis in reality; the Macedonian government has become more nationalist recently, and their messaging paints them as the heirs of Phillip of Macedon and Alexander the Great. So ...
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Since Greece wants FYROM to be named "North Macedonia", why don't they make an example call their own region "South Macedonia"?

From the point of view of many of the Greeks making the objection, "Macedonia" should be the land on Philip of Macedon and Alexander the Great. The core of this territory lies in modern Greece, so for ...
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Why are the Greek nationalists against resolving the name dispute and calling FYROM "North Macedonia"?

This is a problem of nationalism. Not just Macedonian or Greek nationalism, but in general. So the reasons for Greek nationalists is really exactly the same as for FYRO-Macedonians: Macedonian ...
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Since Greece wants FYROM to be named "North Macedonia", why don't they make an example call their own region "South Macedonia"?

Because FYROM wants to change its name and Greece doesn't. Macedonians of Greece object to being called South Macedonians all of a sudden because that's not their identity - as far as they're ...
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Why are the Greek nationalists against resolving the name dispute and calling FYROM "North Macedonia"?

Based on conversations with a Greek colleague from Kavala, at least some of these people find the use of "Macedonia" for any region outside of either "Greek Macedonia" or the Macedon of Philip the ...
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Are there any polls in France on further EU expansion in the Balkans?

The most recent Eurobarometer survey from 2018 gives the following results for overall public support for EU expansion: As you can see, France is near the bottom, with only 31% support (the link ...
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Is the dispute over the naming of Macedonia unique in recent history?

No, i don't know if this counts as recent but there was a dispute between the UK and the Irish on if Ireland should be named Eire or Ireland, and as the UK says, "His Majesty's Government in the ...
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Is the dispute over the naming of Macedonia unique in recent history?

Similar but different: The United States of Mexico have occasionally expressed some concern about some other country that's sometimes called "the united states". In contrast to the Macedonian case, ...
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Since Greece wants FYROM to be named "North Macedonia", why don't they make an example call their own region "South Macedonia"?

The other answers give the nationalist perspective, but form a more rational point of view, the simple answer is that there is no region named "Macedonia" in Greece. If you look at the list of ...
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