'Aegean Macedonia' is a Slav Macedonian irredentist term used to refer to the region of Macedonia in Greece, in the context of a 'United Macedonia'. The origins of the term seem to be rooted in the 1940s but its modern usage is widely considered ambiguous and irredentist. The term has occasionally appeared on maps circulated in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), which envisioned Greek Macedonia (referred to as "Aegean Macedonia") as part of a "Greater Macedonia", and is regarded as a challenge of of the legitimacy of Greek sovereignity over the area.
The historical dogma, taking shape in FYROM, backtracks the origins of this modern Slavmacedoniansâ€”the Makedonciâ€” a full millennium to include the ancient Macedonians (5th century BC). This revisionist historical dogma, is not limited to encroaching upon the identity of a Hellenic people of the classical times.
It aims at expanding the boundaries of the historical â€œtaktovinaâ€ (fatherland) of the â€œMakedonciâ€ to include wide regions of Greece and Bulgaria. It is well known, that for decades the classrooms and school textbooks of history in FYROM have been adorned with maps portraying Macedoniaâ€™s â€œgeographic and ethnicâ€, i.e. Slavic boundaries extending all the way to Mount Olympus and Chalkidiki, in Greek Macedonia as well as to the Pirin district of Bulgaria.
FYROM irredentist main policy headings were, are and will be...
-Renaming Greek Macedonia as â€˜Aegean Macedoniaâ€™, and representing it as terra irredenta, as an integral part of FYROM.
-Claiming the existence of an oppressed â€˜Macedonian minorityâ€™ within Greece.
-Appropriating emblems and symbols, and the Greek cultural legacy in general (with Ancient Macedonia as the focal point).
As long as FYROM plays at being a crusader for nationalist fantasies, it will sink in the political morass. And as FYROM sinks, it will act spasmodically and rather ridiculously.
This problem does not only concern Greece, against which Gruevski now makes various unfounded but dangerous claims, but Bulgaria also and the entire region. Europe and the US should not only discourage FYROM officials, but are obliged to stop these , now that it is still early.