“The name dispute must be resolved as one of the prerequisites for the country’s membership in the EU and NATO, said Daniel Serwer, Balkan expert and professor at Johns Hopkins University in Washington at today’s Parliamentary Committee on European Affairs commenting on the Progress Report on Macedonia published by the European Commission.

‘Even if you do all the things that the EU requires, will Athens still be a problem? The short answer is yes, but you have a choice. There are two directions – a downward spiral of despair and, in my opinion it is a sad scenario. The other direction you chose one year ago is to rise, that is, it is a spiral that accepts NATO and EU conditions and maintains the state at this level, and which over time will lift it up, and that’s what I would choose,’ said Serwer.” (translated from Nova Makedonija)