Avramopoulos: Prespa Agreement unbalanced and problematic

The EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship and former Greek FM Dimitris Avramopoulos said on Thursday that The Prespa Agreement is not balanced and therefore problematic. “All governments in the past had agreed on the geographical distinction, in this case the word ‘North’ before Macedonia, but not on the historic definition that is attempted through the agreement. Ethnicity and language mean nationality and give way to irredentist nationalist policies. Instead of ignoring the political parties, the Greek government should have sought for national consensus upon this issue,” said Avramopoulos. Avramopoulos’s statement is in contrast with the official position of the European Commission, which has fully backed the agreement saying it is a historic moment for the European future of the Western Balkans. “Our position is clear: the European Union supports the historic agreement signed by Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev in June last year,” an EU spokesperson reported.