This year 2018 may well turn out to be the one that sees a solution to one of the longestrunning geopolitical disputes in recent European history: the question of the name of Macedonia, which has been forced to use the acronym FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) since the country’s independence in 1991. Neighbouring Greece has always opposed the use of the disputed nomenclature by the Balkan country at an international level. This seemingly secondary dispute has so far prevented Skopje’s accession to NATO and the European Union, even though a 2011 judgement from the International Court of Justice in The Hague rebuked the Greek position.

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