Nicos Dimou is one of the most eminent Greek writers and commentators. He was a columnist for the leading Greek dailies and weeklies, and author of many television and radio shows, the first Greek writer who hosted talk-shows on literary and ideological topics. He has written more than 60 books, including poetry, satire, philosophy, political theory. Probably his most famous book is: On the Misery of Being Greek. 
Now he works as a freelance writer.
He has published translations of poetry and prose from Greek, English, French, German, as well as Latin and Ancient Greek. He was the first Greek writer to create a personal site in 1997 ( He has published two books of photographs and has had three exhibitions. 
Dimou is referred to as “one of his generation’s most fertile minds”, a “legendary advertising man” and a prolific writers. 
He constantly criticizes the anomalies of the Greek society and the political situation. His book On the Misery of Being Greek earned him the label of being anti-Hellene. As a response to his critics, he explains that he does not hate Greece, but, on the contrary, he clearly expresses his love for his country. This, however, does not mean, he says, that he is blind to its faults. In fact, he has been striving for many years, appearing in all types of media, to “spread and cultivate the positive elements of Western (i.e. Greek) civilization” in the country.

In the context of our “Macedonian Issue”, it is worthy to hear what he said:

“I don't consider the Aegean or the Macedonian issues "national issues." Nor even the economy and public administration problems. 

For me, the one and only national issue is the one posited by poet Dionysios Solomos: The nation must equate the national with the true. If this isn't done (and it can't be achieved from one day to the next-it requires years of effort, mainly in education) then we won't be able to stand up in today's world. We'll always be in a limbo between whining and belligerence. We'll spend billions-in blood and sweat-on useless armaments. We'll continually be quarreling with our neighbors, and with the whole world. We'll see paranoid schemes and conspiracies everywhere. Like a sick, maladjusted person, we'll spend our lives wavering between hysteria and depression… ..Am I really an anti-Hellene? Or do I love Greece? The future will decide. The following words from the text entitled “Nationalism Threatens Democracy in Greece” from 1994 can be found on his blog:

"Since my childhood, Greece's history has seemed like a (cheap) Western movie, one in which the Greeks were, always and unequivocally, the Good Guys. The Bad Guys were always changing. There was "the threat from the North," then from the East, then it was the North again, and back to the East. When I was a child, the word "Bulgarian" was a curse, more so than "Turk." It was forbidden for Greeks in northern Greece to design themselves as "Macedonian." "Albanian" then had a neutral tone; today it's become a threat."

Quote from:

1. Macedonia and Greece have a dispute which has incriminated the bilateral relations between the two countries for a long time. What is the essence of the Greek-Macedonian dispute over the name issue of Macedonia?

Nicos Dimou: Macedonia is the name of a geographical region which belongs to three different nations. It was wrong from the part of the Republic of Macedonia to claim the name only for itself. As early as 1992 I had proposed the name Democracy of Northern Macedonia, or of Upper Macedonia.

2. Once you wrote that the so-called Macedonian issue is not an issue of national interest for Greece. Why do you think so, if we have in mind the official Greek policy which says that it is of national interest for Greece?

Nicos Dimou: I think that the importance of the issue has been exaggerated for nationalistic reasons.

3. Can we trust the Greek officials when they say that they pledge for a compromise solution?

Nicos Dimou: I think yes. After a period of intransigence they propose solutions which are a feasible compromise.

4. What in your opinion is the fair compromise?

Nicos Dimou: What I had proposed in 1992.

5. Macedonia says that the change of the constitutional name of the country will be treason. Can the Greek politicians understand the Macedonian position?

Nicos Dimou: No, and I personally think the word “treason” is also an exaggeration.

6. Greece blocked the Macedonian NATO invitation and threats that it will do the same with the EU integration which in Macedonia is seen as a hostility act. How do you comment this?

Nicos Dimou: Both countries, to my opinion, have in different times made mistakes by forcing issues.

7. Both countries have led discussions for a long time in order to find the solution, but, having in mind the present positions, many people are pessimistic about the result in the UN process. Is it possible to anticipate when the dispute will finally be resolved? (I mean in some time frame).

Nicos Dimou: I am not a prophet – but I hope reason and understanding will prevail in the end.