The machinations on Greece’s domestic political scene regarding the Macedonia issue show no sign of abating but this does not look like it will prevent negotiations between Athens and Skopje moving to the next level.
Official talks aiming to find a solution on the Macedonia name issue are due to begin this week under the United Nations’ auspices after much speculation in Greece over the past few weeks.
Momentum is building towards a new round of negotiations between Athens and Skopje, mediated by United Nations envoy Matthew Nimetz, amid much political discussion about the matter in Greece.
A new effort aiming to solve the longstanding dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) began last week in Brussels.
As the dust begins to settle from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s two-day visit to Greece last week, questions can now be asked about whether the trip is likely to lead to any shift in relations between Athens and Ankara.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdgogan concluded his visit to Greece on Friday as the Greek government attempted to defend its decision to extend an invitation to the controversial head of state.
The Greek government found itself in an uncomfortable position on Thursday, the first day of a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called for the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, which delimited the boundaries between the two countries, to be revisited.
Bilateral relations between the Greek government and Russia's President Vladimir Putin appear to be on the wane. This comes just a couple of years after SYRIZA tried to court Moscow while it was involved in tense negotiations with its European partners.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to visit Athens on December 7-8, according to reports this week.
The foreign ministers of Greece and Albania held a first round of talks on the longstanding issues between the two countries in a two-day meeting on the island of Crete over the weekend.