During an inaugural visit by FYROM premier Zoran Zaev to Berlin, Merkel said:
“I’m very happy and relieved that the Zaev government has returned to the [name] talks, and both sides are moving towards each other”.
“In the past ten years, a solution has never been as close as it is now,” Merkel added. “It would be nice if you could overcome the existing difficulties.”
Her comments came the same day the first of 25 road signs bearing the name ‘Alexander the Great’ were taken down in FYROM, part of moves by the Skopje government agreed last month in talks with Greek premier Alexis Tsipras. The country’s airport has already been renamed as ‘Skopje International Airport’.