Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev, left, is now working with Greek PM Alexis Tsipras, right, to change Macedonian schoolbooks and history

2023 and me. And you. And Macedonia.

This is not an advertisement for the DNA testing site. This is about certain fantasies and the outright lies of Zoran Zaev.

Let’s start with 2023. In 2023, I will turn (cough) years old. I can think forward about five years from now and it’s easy to imagine. Five years is not that far away. Because we are nearly in 2019, the start of 2023 is five years from now and yet the Prime Minister of Macedonia, the installed authoritarian Zoran Zaev, is now telling you, Macedonia, and the world, that Macedonia will become a member of the European Union in 2023. According to European Western Balkans dot com, Zaev told a Serbian interviewer “At the moment, we have adapted our legislature and completed much of the work. There are chapters which we are going to open and then immediately close. Nonetheless, everything depends on us and if we push through everything according to plan, I believe Macedonia can join the EU by 2023.”

Right. Pigs can fly. Unicorns are real. And Che Guevara was a humanitarian which is why so many idiots go around wearing t-shirts with his image.

The Prime Minister is either living in a fantasy world or he is lying. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say both. Clearly, every statement coming from the EU and from EU leaders point in the opposite direction. The EU enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn himself, told Deutsche Welle back in April of this year that “2025 is ambitious for the Western Balkans to join the EU.”

Zaev also stated that he expects the changes to the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia, as demanded by Greece and agreed to by him and his foreign minister, Nikola Dimitrov, will be completed by January of 2019. Granted this is in violation of the so-called Prespa Agreement which states in Article 1(4)(e) that all changes must be made by the end of December 2019. But why allow the details of an agreement you have signed get in the way of what you want?

That agreement, of course, demands that Macedonians basically deny their history, culture, heritage, name, identity and much else that makes Macedonia, and the Macedonians, unique. This includes changing Macedonian schoolbooks, textbooks, teaching guides, atlases, maps and the curriculum which Macedonian children are currently taught. A few weeks ago I wrote about how Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva has handed over 30 pages of remarks about the history textbooks from Macedonian schools from the sixth and seventh grades because a joint commission was established between the two countries to revise school textbooks. Naturally, the Bulgarians found “serious problems” with those schoolbooks.

Now we see evidence of Greece demanding the same thing. Of course per the so-called Prespa Agreement, in Article 8(5), a “Joint Inter-Disciplinary Committee of Experts on historic, archeological and educational matters” will be created by the governments of Macedonia and Greece “to consider the objective, scientific interpretation of historical events based on authentic evidence-based and scientifically sound historical sources and archeological findings.” It gets worse: “The Committee’s work shall be supervised by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Parties in cooperation with other competent national authorities. It shall consider and, if it deems appropriate, revise any school textbooks and school auxiliary material such as maps, historical atlases, teaching guides, in use in each of the Parties,” and that “no school textbooks or school auxiliary material” that “contains any irredentist/revisionist references” will be allowed to exist.

And now we see Article 8 in action. According to a news item by the Associated Press at the end of November, “Senior officials from Greece and neighbor Macedonia said Friday that progress has been made in talks to revise school books in the two countries as part of an effort to end hostility between the two countries.” Setting aside the sloppy reporting that a) there is “hostility between the two countries,” and b) that this will end it, this is yet another confirmation that the so-called Prespa Agreement and Zoran Zaev and Nikola Dimitrov, among others, could very well succeed in destroying Macedonia if they get their way.

The article notes that Greece and Macedonia agreed to “take effective measures to prohibit any hostile actions or propaganda … likely to incite chauvinism, hostility, irredentism and revisionism,” and that this “action includes removing references in school books that could cause offense, and the two countries set up a 14-member joint academic committee to review them.” It goes on to quote Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov commenting on the work of the committee members stating “They had a very constructive meeting … they approved the methodology for their work and I think the tone and atmosphere of the meeting was very encouraging.”

Question: who are the committee members? Why are politicians deciding on what Macedonian children be taught in schools? Will the public be consulted on this? Will Macedonian teachers and other educators be consulted on this? Will Macedonian writers, historians, and scholars be asked their opinions? Will Greek schoolbooks be changed? Again, according to that Associated Press article, Greek Deputy Foreign Minister George Katrougalos was quoted as saying “History should be an opportunity to learn in schools and not be a (mental) prison.” I literally have no idea what the hell that means.

But I do know what the so-called Prespa Agreement states and what Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov agreed to: a change of Macedonia’s history, starting with your children’s schoolbooks and textbooks.

Unless you put an end to this, Macedonia.

Proud American & Arizonan w/Hungarian ethnicity & passion for Macedonia, Hungary & Estonia. Traveler, PR man, history buff & wine, craft beer & cigar enthusiast