FYROM’s EU accession talks may start without deal on name

European Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule (photo) has said that the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) could start talks on its accession to the European Union without first resolving its dispute with Greece over the Balkan state?s official name and, in fact, indicated that the launch of accession negotiations could help precipitate a solution to the bilateral spat.

?We strongly believe that it is the early stage of the negotiation process which could create the necessary momentum for not only addressing but solving this problem,? Fule told Reuters in an interview on Friday.