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Greece calls Macedonian minority there, a “fantasy”. Heating bills worry Macedonians.
Greece is afraid from the moves of Macedonia and the United Nations as well, after Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski opened the issue of Macedonian minority in Greece and of restitution of properties there of Macedonians who have fled that country during the Greek civil war. Greece called Macedonian leadership to calm the emotions but it could not retain calm itself. In a reaction Greek Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Gregory Delavekouras called the talks about the minority a “fantasy”. Greece does not recognize the existence of a Macedonian minority on its own territory.
Having central heating or using electricity for heating has become a luxury for Macedonians, the daily says after the latest price hikes of electricity and of central heating this month. In the 21 century there comes a time when Macedonians are having trouble financially surviving the winter cold. The mathematics show that no matter which of these two sources they use they may run out of money to pay for it. Paying only heating and electricity bills swallows half of the average Macedonian wage of some 300 euros.
Balkan Insight has not verified the reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
While the EU accession process has not affected the media’s existential struggle for survival one way or the other, they have made respect for human and minority rights more mainstream.