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Karanasopoulou, Irini

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Ta Nea - Greece | 03/06/2008

The flow of history

Following irregularities during Macedonia's parliamentary elections the EU has closed its doors to the country, the Greek daily Ta Nea comments. "Even the country's citizens did not need to wait for the OSCE report to recognise the extent of the election irregularities. The moral offender was Nikola Gruevski and the victims were not only the Albanians, but also the Slavic Macedonians. ... The EU's door has closed, the country is experiencing its [dreams of EU accession], divided into two ethnic groups and with a man at its helm who wants to oppress them all. At some point in the future Skopje will find its way back to democracy, because despite the Balkans' difficult legacy, that is the direction in which history flows. And then Greece and other European nations will take the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia by the hand. But until then the discussion about its name will seem like something from another planet."

Ta Nea - Greece | 07/03/2008

NATO wants to stretch its borders towards the east

"The famous Greek veto against Skopje's entrance into NATO has finally been used, at least in rehearsal," notes Irini Karanasopoulou. Greece is opposed to its neighbour joining NATO under the name of Macedonia. "The neighbouring country has turned down the propositions of the UN mediator, refusing to add a suffix or prefix to the name Macedonia in order to specify its geographic position. On April 2nd, at the Bucharest summit, Greece will no doubt be using its final veto. This will be the first veto in the history of the Alliance, which already sees it as a negative precedent. The Skopje authorities thought that, under pressure from America, the Greek government wouldn't go through with it, but this veto will not prevent conflict or Skopje's EU accession under the name of Macedonia. Another battle lies ahead for Greece, which will now have to oppose the Union's enlargement for the sake of a name."

Ta Nea - Greece | 20/02/2008

The UN tries to resume negotiations on the name of FYROM

In Athens, on February 19th, Matthew Nimetz, UN mediator for the naming of Macedonia, presented a new proposition to Greek and Macedonian governments to try and resolve their dispute. "All this is, once again, a 'diplomatic shadow theatre'," complains Irini Karanasopoulou. "This certainly won't change the current situation on an international level. Even if we accept one of Nimetz's proposals, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia [FYROM] will continue to be called 'Macedonia' by the international community. This is exactly what offends Greek authorities, who are claiming historical heritage. But the UN and the United States want to find a solution and avoid Greece using its veto to prevent FYROM from joining NATO in a few weeks [at the summit organised in Bucharest]."

Ta Nea - Greece | 17/08/2007

Is the Greek government dealing sufficiently with fires?

Greek Prime Minister Costas Caramanlis announced that early elections will be held on September 16th. Irini Karanasopoulou is harshly critical of this initiative that has been taken as violent fires are raging at the doors of the capital. "The government is calling early elections on ashes. ... While an extraordinary council of ministers gathers to propose the dissolution of the Assembly and the scheduling of early elections on September 16th instead of March 8th, 2008, the inhabitants of northern Athens are taking stock of the damage. This is the second real tragedy we have been through since the devastating blaze on Mount Parnese last month. Why? Because the danger has not been taken seriously, because of the lack of policemen and firemen and, more simply, the total absence of the State at crucial moments. Waiting one more day for the fire to be contained and under control was absolutely out of the question. No, the government had to call us to the ballot box."

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