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  1. This is all bullshit. The reality is this: Skopjie did get what they wanted in terms of the name (North Macedonia). This may open a can of warms in the future if (most likely when...) a more conservative/nationalistic prime minister comes into power again in FYROM. If there's a North Macedonia then surely there's a South Macedonia which should be seceded from Greece and join their "North" Macedonia brethren. People of North Macedonia are not going to be called North Macedonians (as they should). Instead, for some strange reason, they'll be just called Macedonians. I guess the next question is, what's going to happen to the Greek Macedonians living in the region of Macedonia (Greece). What are they going to be called? On top of this, there is a number of Greek products in the market for decades using the "Macedonia" name (Macedonian wines, various Macedonian good etc.) all produced in the Macedonia region of Greece. What's going to happen to all these products and companies now if the term "Macedonian" can only refer to people or products of FYROM? Expect this to become a major issue soon. There's much more than this, of course, this is just the surface. I can safely bet that this whole thing is going to come back and bite us Greeks in the ass very soon. Tsipras and his cronies will be long gone by then of course, but the damage they inflicted in the Greek psyche is unimaginable.
  2. What's shocking is that 16.5 percent of the respondents of this poll are still planning to vote for Syriza. The stupidity of some people is beyond belief.
  3. What happened today should be a political suicide for Tsipras. It's really beyond comprehension why he personally pushed for this agreement to move forward so quickly knowing full well that the majority of Greeks do not agree with this. There must be more in play here, other than pressure from the EU and US. Also, it's sad that this dispute was resolved so quickly - and not to our benefit or advantage - while the issue in Cyprus is ongoing for decades and nobody has shown any real interest to push Turkey to resolve it. I guess Greece is easy to push around (especially the Tsipras government as it seems...). I'm pretty certain that what happened today will bite us in the ass one day. There have been countless useless politicians who have hurt Greece one way or the other over the years, but Tsipras and his government have done more damage in the few years they're in power than all other useless politician put together in decades. I can't blame the Greek people for falling for this crook as I fell for Syriza too hoping that they'd really do things differently and bring real change. We didn't expect that Tsipras and his crew would end up being so incompetent.
  4. The reality is that at this point in time Greece has nothing to gain from this agreement. Absolutely nothing. FYROM however, stands to gain a lot (including a possible inclusion in the EU etc.). The timing of all this is strange too. Greece is dealing with other more pressing issues, including the relations with Turkey, internal strife, unemployment etc. etc. One wonders then, why the SYRIZA government decided to make this a priority in their agenda these days? More so when they have really nothing to gain from this politically. This will, in fact, do more damage to them than good as this is a very sensitive issue for most Greeks, SYRIZA supporters included.
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    Monastiraki is a cesspool

    Are you in Greece? Monastiraki is a hub, so everybody hangs out there after they come out of the train etc. I don't think it's that bad. In fact, if you walk behind the train station you'll find a cool gelato place (I think it's called DaVinci). They make the best gelato in Athens. You have to try it.
  6. It's pretty bad for the Greeks for sure. But from what I'm reading the agreement hasn't been signed yet. Seems that both sides are not 100% happy with it. Let's see what happens.
  7. "Macedonia" is a complex region. What we Greeks call "Macedonia" today - the Greek portion of ancient Macedonia - has been under Ottoman rules for centuries and until it was ceded to Greece after the Balkan Wars and WWI (100 years ago!). People who live in Greek Macedonia today (and identify themselves as Greeks) have most likely very little to do with the ancient Macedonians of Alexander the Great's time (who did indeed speak Greek and identified themselves as Greek too).
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  10. I've interviewed Tsarouchas for Hellenism.Net several years ago. Super nice guy. Here's the interview: http://www.hellenism.net/greece/famous-greeks/interviews/
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    Compare and contrast Greeks with Slavs

    I don't know many people of slavic background to have a rounded opinion (I just know a few with whom I play soccer with). There are some similarities (mostly because all Balkan Slavs lived a similar lifestyle as the Greeks during the time they were under the Ottoman rule). Most of the similarities seem to stop there though.
  12. No, there were Greeks there too of course, but they were most likely the minority, especially in many small towns/villages. The influx of all the Greeks from Asia Minor though changed the balance. In any case, I think it's a cause of concern to allow FYROM to use the term "Macedonia" in any shape or form, and Greece shouldn't allow this.
  13. I think it's safe to say that the vast majority of Greeks in the Macedonia region are of Asia Minor extraction. During the exchange of Greek/Turkish populations in 1922, most Greeks from Asia Minor settled in the Macedonia region and also in and around Athens and Piraeus. From personal experience, all the people I know from Thessaloniki or northern Greece are all from Asia Minor background one way or another. All of them.
  14. In a different topic we talked about starting controversial discussions so that we'll kick start some interesting conversations again in the general discussion forum. I don't think there's a more heated topic these days in Greece than this one. Yet, as you can see, no interest by anyone to debate argue about any of this . All our fellow Greeks are happily downloading or uploading music clips in a different forum. This is much more important to them than thinking and arguing about serious matters.
  15. I can't help but laugh with my fellow Greeks when I see protests of this type. The thing is that most Greeks are pretty much ignorant of their history (in this case, their own family history too), but this doesn't really justify this kind of stupidity. What I'm saying is that this kind of a "nationalistic" themed protest is stupid because I'm pretty sure that the vast majority of the people participating in this specific protest have absolutely nothing to do "racially" with the ancient Macedonians. The vast majority of the people living in Northern Greece these days are mostly people with roots in Asia Minor and also Pontian Greeks. So basically someone with family roots in the Black Sea protests against a bunch of Slavic people who want to call themselves Macedonians (and who may be natives to this specific land, or if not natives at least inhabitants of these lands for much much longer than the protestors' Pontian or Asian Minor ancestors...) while obviously none of the two arguing sides have really anything to do with the ancient Macedonians. It's almost comical if you think about it this way. Saying this, I do not agree with naming this country (FYROM currently) Macedonia, or New Macedonia, or North Macedonia, or name it by whatever other name uses the term "Macedonia" as part of the country name, for other reasons. They can very well call their country "Slavicland" and possibly name their southern province "Slavic Macedonia".

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