“The prime ministers of Greece and Macedonia, Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev, are among the favourites to become nominees for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, according to a Swedish journalist specialised in covering the secretive decision-making of the Nobel committee.

Tsipras and Zaev reached a deal in June on a new name for Macedonia, which has been the subject of dispute between the two Balkan neighbours for more than two decades. Greece opposes the name ‘Macedonia’ and has blocked Skopje’s efforts to join NATO and the EU.

Wiktor Nummellin, Swedish TT news agency’s special correspondent for Nobel Prizes, told the Greek agency ANA that the two were ‘mentioned’ for the prize, although it was hard to confirm who is nominated because of the secrecy of the procedure.” (Euraktiv)