I claim that culturally Balkan countries have more common sides with Turkey then Germany, France, Britain.
Some of them - Albania, Kosovo, FYRoM, Bosnia-Hertzegovina. Islamic religion has strong presence there.
Culture: The Haemus [Greek] Peninsula has absorbed many outsiders. The underlying Cultural Substratum there is 'Byzantine Greco-Roman.' Turkish Culture absorbed most of it and Superimposed some of their own on top of it...Islamic Cultural Themes and Synergies for example, food and clothes for another example!
But here, in this Thread, we are discussing Alexander the Great - Makedonski. Scholars of the Classics place him in the Greek-Hellenic Collective of Peoples, in Opposition to FYRoM where historians there make him Proto-Slavic, the first Czar of the Slavs!
After FYRoM: The Emergence of The Republic of Sparta - Coming Soon!
If a dissident breakaway separatist group today, decided to secede from an established South-Slavic country in the Haemus [Balkan] peninsula, and went on to declare their new state "The Republic of Sparta," how should the Greeks react. Would the EU - UN - USA - NATO tell Greece to put-up and shut-up, and accept the new reality because this new state has the inviolable right to declare it's chosen name freely, on the basis of human-rights, feelings and the wishes of it's peoples. So, "The Republic of Sparta" comes into existence and touts for global sympathy and support which is freely given, followed by some semi-quasi recognition from the USA prompting other's to follow suite...how should the Greeks react to these surreal developments.
The scenario above is not that far remove from the real events which took place following the break-up and disintegration of the old-Yugoslavia...these events ushered onto the world stage the Yugoslav Socialist Republic of Macedonia. Come 1991, the Slavs of FYRoM decided to drop the "Socialist" part from their name and became The Republic of Macedonia.
Note: Spartans and Macedonians derive from the same Dorian Hellenic stock, and affiliate to the Greek collective of peoples.
In the case of the Spartan example...who would have the front or the gall to want to take that name for self-Identification, knowing full-well in advance, the Spartans derive from Dorian-Hellenic stock. Nobody would entertain such indulgence, such folly and such silliness.
In the case of the FYRoM example...the West entertained their indulgence, their folly and their silliness on the basis of faulty substandard, ill though-out advice issued to GW Bush in November 2004 by his highly paid advisors, the best brains money could buy. They advised George to recognise FYRoM as Republic of Macedonia to spite the Greeks...for their Maverick NoN-Conformist ways. Greece was the only Western country to support Serbia and often criticised NATO policy against them.
Politics eh! Politicians eh! It took scholars and academics to put politicians in their place. The international academic community backed Greece whilst politicians backed FYRoM. The rest is history! FYRoM went from being showered with Western sympathies and support to being ditched...on the basis, politicians cannot ride roughshod over long established academic reference points.
Macedonians like the Spartans are derived from Dorian Greeks and academia knows that...their regional-tribal names belongs in the Greek domain whilst their Identities belongs to Greek heritage.
It took alot of front, alot of bottle and alot of gall to do what FYRoM did...tell the world they are Macedonians on the basis they speak Macedonian and live on Macedonian lands when none of it is actually true. In reality they are South-Slavs from Serbian and Bulgarian stock. They speak a language properly called Serbo-Bulgarian rather than Macedonian-language and they live on Paeonian - Dardanian lands.
Greeks have to defend and protect their history and heritage because if we didn't do that...politicians would make Macedonians out of South-Slavs, not for academic or political correctness, but for the expediance of it!