German Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed progress in the Greece-Macedonia name dispute during a press conference with Macedonian Prime Minster Zoran Zaev in Berlin on Wednesday. Merkel stated that 'in the last ten years a solution has never been so close' and added 'there are already many conflicts in the region and every resolved conflict is a good thing.' Talks are underway to devise a... Еще provisional name for Macedonia in order to bypass Greek opposition to its NATO membership under its current name. Many see the name 'Macedonia' as posing a threat to the Greek state since it implies a territorial claim over the eponymous region of northern Greece. Meanwhile, Zaev said there was 'no alternative for Macedonia and the region but full NATO and EU membership' and he hoped in the near future it would become a reality.