Yesterday, the German Chancellor had a conversation by phone with Macedonian and Greek Prime Ministers Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras, the German Chancellor’s press service confirmed to Deutsche Welle.

From Berlin, there is only confirmation that Chancellor Angela Merkel talked to both, Macedonian and Greek Prime Ministers. The topics and other details are not disclosed, but the talks are took place only two days after Macedonian Prime Minister Zaev announced to the Macedonian public that the draft solution for the name is “Republic of Ilindenska Macedonia”, and it was immediately after the cold response from Athens with a statement from the Greek government – that there should be a name that will have a geographical or time determinant.

German Chancellor Merkel, on the sidelines of the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia had separate meetings with Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras, after thereafter she said she was glad to hear that “the talks between Macedonia and Greece are progressing well”.

“Both countries have made a significant progress, although they are still not there at the aim”, she said last Thursday.