While 2018 opened on a positive note with both Athens and Skopje making hopeful statements and gestures around the New Year pointing to the possibility of a quick agreement on the Macedonia/FYROM name issue, progress was stalling by mid-January. Negotiations will continue in an increasingly charged atmosphere with all parties committed to finding a solution.

After a New York meeting with both countries’ lead negotiators, UN mediator Matthew Nimetz on January 17 presented his initial proposa...

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