As Greece gets ready for a political showdown this week over the Prespes agreement, we are witnessing a relentless, often cynical, maneuvering between parties, their leaders and even individual deputies.
The changes in the leadership of the Hellenic Armed Forces must not be delayed any longer. It is important to clear up the current ambiguity in this area, to respect the established procedures and stop the uncertainty.
For many years our main concern was to prove a given, namely the Greekness of ancient Macedonians, driven by the delusion that this would have an effect on the international stage. In other words, we thought that it would convince third countries not to recognize the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) as “Macedonia” and curb accusations of chauvinism against Greece.
The problem with the parliamentary lottery is that there isn’t going to be a lucky winner. The reason for this is because the battle to win in numbers and the balance of power and the exhausting bargaining of the last few days can only work against the credibility of parliamentary democracy.
Whether it receives 151 votes in Greece’s 300-seat legislature or not, the Prespes accord deal is expected to be ratified by Parliament. As it turns out, a deal that was signed to heal the wound that is the name dispute between Athens and Skopje will inevitably open fresh wounds.
The name deal signed between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in June stipulates that Athens will launch the process to ratify the agreement only after Skopje has completed its part of the process.
Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas (r) poses with Australian chef George Calombaris during day six of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Saturday. Tsitsipas will represent the new generation in their challenge to usurp the old guard when he faces Roger Federer at Melbourne Park on Sunday. [EPA]