FYROM has No Alternative to EU and NATO, Prime Minister Zaev says

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has no alternative but to become a member of NATO and the European Union, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said on Wednesday.

The FYROM prime minister spoke about Skopje’s commitment to become a member of both ahead of the EU-Western Balkans summit that will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria on Thursday. Zaev is to discuss the naming issue with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras with UN mediation.

“Macedonia has no alternative to NATO and the EU,” Zaev said, adding that if FYROM fails to join, the consequences will be negative for the wider Balkan region.

However, in order for Skopje to achieve the desired accession to NATO and the EU, Greece must agree on the name — and the majority of Greeks oppose the use of the term “Macedonia”, as it implies territorial claims in Greece’s region of the same name.

Athens has already asked the neighboring country to revise its constitution that contains irredentist claims, something that Skopje is reluctant to do. At the same time Zaev said there is domestic tension and interference from outside.