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James Ker-Lindsay: Name talks are focused on the adjective, not on the name

James Ker-Lindsay, a professor of politics and policy at St Mary’s University, Twickenham believes that the negotiations between Macedonia and Greece are focused on the adjective, and not on the name of the northern neighbor questioned by the Greeks.

“It’s not just about the name of the country—it’s about the adjective and it’s about the conditions when the name of the country is used,” James Ker-Lindsay told The Atlantic.

James Ker-Lindsay

“Athens, for example, could argue that “Macedonian” should not be applied to things pertaining to FYROM, but that a form of its new name, such as “New Macedonian,” should serve as its official descriptor instead. Similarly, Skopje could insist that the more than 100 countries that already recognize the country as the Republic of Macedonia (of which the U.S., the U.K., and Russia are included), should be allowed to continue doing so,” he says.

“From a legal point of view … you can’t have two names for a country,” Ker-Lindsay said. “Of course, you can have a standard official name and a colloquial name. Funnily enough, Greece is a really perfect example of that, because Greece is not the official name of the country. It’s the Hellenic Republic. But everyone calls it Greece”, Ker-Lindsay concludes.