Macedonia Erects Alexander the Great Statue, Further Inflaming Long-Running Row with Greece


SKOPJE (REUTERS).- Macedonia erected on Tuesday a giant bronze statue of Alexander the Great, further inflaming a long-running row with neighboring Greece that is blocking the country’s bid for membership of the European Union and NATO. Cranes hoisted the 40-tonne, 11-meter-high (39-feet) statue on a 10-meter-high pedestal in downtown Skopje, where hundreds of people cheered and took pictures. “He is back. Alexander is finally home and can now rest,” said Goran who brought his children to witness what he described as an historic event. Greece has prevented Macedonia’s entry into NATO in 2008 and blocked its progress toward EU membership because it rejects the name Macedonia, which it says implies territorial ambitions toward Greece’s own