Skopje’s reactions and expectations after Syriza’s win in Greece

Skopje’s reactions and expectations after Syriza’s win in Greece

IBNA Special Report

Skopje, January 26, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Public opinion in FYROM has closely followed yesterday’s victory of the left wing Syriza party in the Greek election and its leader, Alexis Tsipras. Reactions in Skopje have been both negative and positive. The negative ones have to do with the name dispute, because no positive developments or movements are expected in regards to this issue. The positive expectations have to do with the fact that this is a left wing party which is supposed to address social issues.

Government authorities have not commented the victory of this political force. The government’s press office told IBNA that it will not issue any comments during this period, until the official election results come out.

“Solidarity” left movement in FYR Macedonia said that it received the news of Syriza’s win in Greece with great joy. “The election result in Greece shows that the idea for an authentic left wing has not only been marginalized and become a utopia, but now, it’s also seen as a true and necessary option in times of crisis. The victory of this party gives way to all left wing parties in Europe and the region. In this sense, we, as a leftist movement, are committed in making crucial social changes. We’re committed for a country with equal rights, economic and democratic stability, in an alliance with the working class”, said “Solidarity” movement.

Political analyst, Ivor Mickovski, told IBNA that Syriza’s victory belongs to the people, because during the crisis, this party had a social program acceptable by the Greek people.

“Syriza was voted massively, because during the crisis, it has effectively applied a real social practice to secure to the Greek people rights and services, thanks to its practices such as opening public canteens to feel the poor, free hospital services, medicines and other health services for unemployed people, etc. Perhaps, we also need a left wing like this”, said Mickovski. According to him, the new government in Greece will face different challenges.

Analyst and historian, Arben Llalla says that the new government chaired by Alexis Tsipras will not make changes in the aspect of regional policies, including the name dispute.

“Tsipras and his government will not change anything in Greece’s foreign policy with its neighbors, because Greece is unified when it comes to the name dispute. Tsipras will first face the difficult economic situation and in order to create enthusiasm among the Greek people, it will hold a referendum to decide whether the country should leave or not the Euro zone. This party is soft with foreign emigrants in Greece, especially emigrants coming from the region. It’s a party belonging to the masses and not to family political clans. This is the strongest weapon of this party”, says historian Llalla who lives and works in Tetovo.

Malinka Risteska-Jordanova from the Institute for European Policies in Skopje, says that Syriza is seen as having a softer approach than Samara’s New Democracy about the name dispute.

“We expect to have a more favorable situation and that Syriza will have political will in order to find a solution to the name dispute. During the campaign, this party has launched signals that it will follow similar policies in relation to the name dispute, but I think that the campaign differs from the actual governing. I believe that its priority will relate to the economy, social problems and obtaining support from European partners, which will not be an easy task”, says Risteska Jordanova.

Yesterday’s polls in Greece and the victory of the left wing has been followed by all the country’s media. /ibna/