“Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has said that Skopje and Athens have a real chance of settling a decades-old dispute over the name Macedonia by July. ‘I believe it’s possible to find a solution by the end of the first semester of 2018,’ Zaev told Greece’s Alpha TV in an interview aired on January 7, as Orthodox Christians in both countries celebrated Christmas. ‘Our strategic orientation is conclusively [toward] the EU and NATO,’ Zaev also said.Greece has objected to Skopje’s use of the name Macedonia since its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, arguing that it implies territorial ambitions on parts of the country.” (RFERL)

“Greece ordered the extradition on Friday of two Macedonian nationals wanted by Interpol over their alleged involvement in a wiretap scandal that brought down Macedonia’s government in 2015, according to court officials. Political turmoil was triggered in 2015 when opposition parties accused then prime minister Nikola Gruevski and his counter-intelligence chief of orchestrating the wiretapping of more than 20,000 people.” (Reuters)

“NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, who will be visiting Macedonia this month, will address MPs in the Macedonian Parliament on January 18th at a plenary session. The session, as stated on the official website of Parliament, is scheduled for exactly at noon and apart from that, there are no other sessions of the legislature are scheduled for this day.” (Meta)