Verhandlungen zwischen Griechenland und Mazedonien über die Beilegung der Namensfrage
In: Südosteuropa Mitteilungen, Jg. 48 (2008), S. 16-31
Zeitschriftenaufsatz / Fach: Politikwissenschaft
Politicians are sure enough: Europeanization promotes stabilization and conflict settlement. Although the Interim Accord of 1995 between Greece and Macedonia has enabled Macedonia’s integration process into the Euro-Atlantic community, the name dispute between both countries has not been settled so far. Furthermore, Greece’s decision to veto Macedonia’s NATO accession at the Bucharest summit in April 2008 has brought this process of Europeanization to a provisional end. What does this mean for the final solution of the name issue? Is a conflict settlement still possible? The analytical toolkit of the “Hexagon of Conflict Settlement” provides useful answers to these questions and points out the factors that play an obstructive or facilitating role in the process of conflict settlement. As a result of the analysis a mutually acceptable solution on the name issue still seems to be a realistic option. However, the risk of conflict escalation is obvious.