Macedonia: Referendum turnout no obstacle to Greek-imposed name change

Renewed calls for a second Brexit vote in the United Kingdom highlight the fragility attached to national plebiscites when the will of the majority of voters doesn't come to pass as expeditiously, or smoothly, as first imagined. Drilling down into the detail of leaving the European Union(EU) has led many voters to question their own…

Macedonia referendum: Greece calls the shots as Russia plays the fall guy

Today's landmark plebiscite held in Macedonia could propel the former Yugoslav republic into the so called mainstream, potentially opening the door to the nation's entry into NATO and the European Union(EU). Equally so, a 'No' vote could confine the country to relative isolation and obscurity, although comparisons made by Skopje's mayor to seclusion on the…

Secessionist movements, land swaps, and an enforced name change threaten to destabilize Europe

The sight of a million Catalans converging on Barcelona to celebrate the region's "National Day" highlights, a year on from declaring independence from Spain, that the strength of conviction to eventually secede from Madrid remains as resolute. The international community will though not only be mindful, should a schism eventually occur, of the potential for…