Proactive diplomacy

Greece’s ongoing negotiations with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the latter’s name entail a serious risk.

If talks collapse, it will be of major importance which side is blamed for the failure. The government in Skopje, led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, has been very active, forging alliances and cultivating a positive image regarding its intentions.

It would be a mistake for Athens to remain inert. The Greek government has to engage in proactive diplomacy.