North Macedonia Is Playing a Winning Hand

The unexpected breakthrough in talks between Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras are a good sign for the Balkan nation’s future

14 February 2019

After nearly 30 years of delay, Macedonia – which will be re-named the Republic of North Macedonia – is finally on the brink of entering NATO and later will start accession negotiations with the European Union.

Skopje’s story since its independence is mixed. Clearly a lot of time has been lost on the unnecessary dispute surrounding its official name, which stopped the country from moving on for three decades and allowed third parties – Russia in particular – to manipulate the sentiments both in North Macedonia and in Greece.

On the other hand, the resolution of the dispute, which seemed close to impossible only a year or two ago, is a testimony of maturity of the current leadership in Skopje and Athens. 

Why did it go on for so long and what will the current resolution bring to the region and North Macedonia itself –are two essential questions for now. 

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Magda Jakubowska

Vice President and Director of Operations at the Res Publica Foundation. One of her flagship projects regarding women empowerment in security, NATO’s campaign: #WomenAreNATO, has garnered considerable international interest.

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