Why the Greece-Macedonia naming row will never end

Macedonian women!

For the past 25 years, Greece has been trying to get Macedonia to change its name. It’s suggested everything from the Republic of Skopje to the Republic of Slavo-Albanian Macedonia. It’ll accept anything, basically, except Macedonia alone, since that happens to also be the name of a region of northern Greece, the birthplace of Alexander the Great.

It’s one of the strangest political disputes ever, but it’s been in the news a lot over the past week as both countries have said they want to finally come to a solution next year.

Will they manage it? I’d guess ‘no’ for the simple reason that the name is only the tip of the iceberg. If Macedonia does change it, surely Greece will start objecting to a lot of others things too, not least Macedonia’s national anthem?

Below is that song, Today, Over Macedonia.

And here’s some of its lyrics:

Today over Macedonia, is being born
The new sun of liberty
Macedonians are fighting
Fighting for their rights

Later, it starts banging on about “the forests of Macedonia singing new songs” and also oddly starts telling “dear Macedonian motherland” to stop crying. Basically, it mentions Macedonia a lot.

Does it work if you sing “Today over the Republic of Slavo-Albanian Macedonia” instead? Er, no. This row is going to go on and on and on…!