Reactions to EC recommendation divided.All political parties welcomed the EC decision to recommend accession talks but, unlike ruling VMRO-DPMNE, the opposition believes that the hardest part of the work is yet to be done and that Gruevski's government will not prove flexible enough in the resolution of the name issue.
Opposition Utrinski vesnik comments today that there are not many reasons for feasting and that the triumphant statements of the government officials only reflect the shortsightedness short·sight·ed·ness
Myopia. of the Macedonian political elite. In line with the party position of SDSM SDSM Social-Democratic Alliance of Macedonia (The Former Yugolsav Republic of Macedonia)
SDSM Software Distributed Shared Memory
SDSM Silver Dragon Scale Mail (gaming)
SDSM Solar Diffuser Stability Monitor , the paper concludes that glasses could be filled with Champaign only after Macedonia is set a date to start accession talks.
"There is no dilemma that there is connection between the setting of a date for starting accession talks with the resolution of the name issue. This is a crucial period for Macedonia's future and we expect Nikola Gruevski and VMRO-DPMNE's government to be up to the task, said vice president of SDSM Gordan Georgiev. He called on the prime minister to explain to the whole Macedonia public his future steps.
The tone with which Commissioner Olli Rehn Olli Ilmari Rehn ( announced the news of the recommendation is nothing but an appeal to the Government to resolve the name issue with Greece as soon as possible. This is the strongest and most direct message from Brussels that deserves an answer from the Macedonian Government, Utrinski vesnik says. ) (born 31 March 1962) is a Finnish politician, currently serving as European Commissioner for Enlargement.
Pro-government Nova Makedonija says that the high rating that NATO NATO: see North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
in full North Atlantic Treaty Organization
International military alliance created to defend western Europe against a possible Soviet invasion. and the EU have in Macedonia, in spite of all the problems caused by Greece, in spite the humiliating hu·mil·i·ate
tr.v. hu·mil·i·at·ed, hu·mil·i·at·ing, hu·mil·i·ates
To lower the pride, dignity, or self-respect of. See Synonyms at degrade. name of FYROM FYROM Former Yugoslavian Republic Of Macedonia , and in spite of what happened to the country at the NATO summit A NATO summit is a summit meeting that is regarded as a periodic opportunity for Heads of State and Heads of Government of NATO member countries to evaluate and provide strategic direction for Alliance activities. in Bucharest, surprised diplomats Some famous diplomats include: Afghanistan
The paper believes that Commissioner Rehn's clear message that Macedonia has to sort out the name issue soon takes us all back to the reality of the double standards of Brussels and hypocrisy of the EU institutions. Macedonia is going to carry on with its reforms and the rating of the European Union European Union (EU), name given since the ratification (Nov., 1993) of the Treaty of European Union, or Maastricht Treaty, to the
European Community and NATO, after this report and the recommendation for talks, will be higher still. If the Europeans themselves claim that the name issue should remain bilateral, they should act accordingly, Nova Makedonija says today.
In the Albanian political campus, the news of the recommendation for starting membership negotiations is seen with a hope that the Ohrid Framework Agreement will not be marginalized. Also, some ethnic Albanian parties caution that the Macedonian political leadership and government would do their best to take advantage of the recommendation for self-promotion and may not pay any attention to the serious criticisms regarding police violence, politics in courts and the public administration and control over media.