We need as­sur­ances

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The Pre­spes name deal be­tween Greece and the For­mer Yu­goslav Repub­lic of Mace­do­nia con­tains a num­ber of gray ar­eas that were cer­tain to cause prob­lems be­tween the two coun­tries. Two ar­eas in par­tic­u­lar were of ma­jor con­cern from the start: the dan­ger of claims con­cern­ing a so-called “Mace­do­nian” mi­nor­ity in Greece and is­sues stem­ming from the com­mer­cial use of the Balkan coun­try’s name. In his ef­fort to con­vince skep­ti­cal law­mak­ers to sup­port the name deal, FYROM Prime Min­is­ter Zo­ran Zaev has un­der­scored the risks that lie ahead if Greece rec­og­nizes a “Mace­do­nian” lan­guage and eth­nic­ity. This is why Greece needs to de­mand as­sur­ances and clar­i­fi­ca­tions that will avert any fu­ture crises.

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