Macedonian police fired tear gas as hundreds of migrants rushed to break through the border to enter Macedonia. Thousands of people are stuck at the frontier as they wait to be allowed to continue their journey through the Balkans.
The dispute between Greece and its neighbor Macedonia over the latter's name is still very much alive. The long-running quarrel can take on very nationalistic overtones, as Jannis Papadimitriou describes from Athens.
The naming dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has roots that go back to antiquity. The problem is that the boundaries of the region known as Macedonia have changed greatly over time.
In June 2003 in Thessaloniki, the EU promised that all Western Balkan countries could one day become member states. It is important to be consistent and do the right thing by keeping this promise, Krsto Lazarevic writes.
Tens of thousands of Greeks have rallied against their government's rumored deal with Macedonia over the former Yugoslav republic's official name. The row has strained relations between the neighbors for two decades.
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