The final outcome of this phase of the name negotiations is expected to be known by the middle of this week, announcing a senior government official for Nezavisen daily newspaper. He announces as a key moment for the outcome of the name negotiations the talks between the prime ministers of Macedonia and Greece, Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras.
It depends on the Zaev-Tsipras talks in the middle of this week whether there will be a deal before the European Council meeting, or this phase of negotiations with Greece will end without a solution.
The expectations of the Macedonian Government, according to our interlocutor, are that, given the developments in the negotiations, there will be an agreement to overcome the long-standing dispute, and that this will open the way for Macedonia to get a date for starting negotiations with the EU.
According to our interlocutor, the Macedonian government is ready to make decisions aimed at almost overcoming the name issue, because, as he states, only this guarantees the future of the country. Certainly, according to our interlocutor, a referendum followed by which the citizens will be given the opportunity to determine.