Angela Merkel pushed for Republic of Skopje (Macedonia) during NATO summit in Bucharest


The Macedonian government in 2008 rejected German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s pressure, and the Romanian government proposal to accept from the Greek side the offered formulation “The Republic of Skopje (Macedonia)” in return for joining NATO at the Bucharest summit, documents published on WikiLeaks show.

The US administration’s 2008 document describes a meeting between then-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and former US ambassador to Skopje Julien Milovanovic, shortly after Greece vetoed Macedonia’s NATO membership at the Bucharest summit. In a document bearing confidentiality, Milovanovic points out that at a meeting on April 4, Prime Minister Gruevski expressed gratitude to the US government for its strong support for Macedonia’s accession to NATO, despite the cemented insistence on Greece to veto the unsettled name dispute – writes “Republika”.

He said that in addition to the unsuccessful attempt by German Chancellor Merkel and a similar move by the Romanian government to convince the government of Macedonia to accept the Greek formulation of the new name, it was a pleasure to see how most NATO members made efforts to persuade Greece not to veto, the document says.

Milovanovic, according to the document signed by her, asked Gruevski to continue the negotiations under the auspices of the UN (Nimetz) and to find a solution as soon as possible. Gruevski agreed with her, but voiced doubts that Greece will show flexibility in the near future. He added that the Slovenians told him that Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis explained that the veto was necessary due to the pressure of the Greek public. Moreover, Gruevski expressed suspicion that Athens will become even more rigid in its positions, convinced that it “won” in Bucharest.

WikiLeaks has also published a 2009 document describing a meeting between then-Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and an American senior official who told him that for Greece, the Republic of Northern Macedonia is an acceptable solution.

  • Legenda Patriot

    How can any other country be allowed to impose their views on what another country can be called? Germany and Romania should be ashamed of themselves for meddling in this ridiculous and unacceptable attempt by Greece. Why has this situation been allowed to occur in the first place? Absolute joke!!!!

  • V.M.

    If you take a look who controls Romania, and how their Government got elected… everything will become clear.
    Romania has a German guy for a president who doesn’t even speak their gypsy language.
    Romania is like Kosovo, a US protectorate. US didn’t even ask for permission to install missiles in Romania which are aimed at Russia. The idiot Romanians don’t bother to think that the Russians will pulverize them and the cities where the missiles are installed.

    As for Merkel, the CIA put her in power, she is the Zaev of Germany. Look at what has happened to Germany in the last decade, the country’s demography has been destroyed with the arrival of over two million people from the Middle East. Not to mention that Germany is officially under US occupation since WWII.

  • Legenda Patriot

    Very sad reality, yes!

    • hankz

      How can a little tiny country of less then 1.5 million Bulgarian-Slavs be called Macedonia when the Ancient Macedonians are Greeks, they spoke Greek and have always claimed to be Greeks!! The only solution is for Skopje to revert to their old name “Vardaska” and to stop steal other countrys’ name, symbol and history!! Or if Skopje wants a new name, how about “The Republic of Monkeydonkeys” it discribes your people better!!!!!!

  • Legenda Patriot

    Brishi od tuka, guptin Grcki budala. Germancite ke te suredat. Svinja Eden.