Macedonia has reached an historic accord with its neighbor Greece to change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia. The decision opens the door for the former Yugoslav republic to join the EU and NATO - but the move isn't popular with everyone.
The countdown has begun for Macedonia's referendum on changing the country's name to the Republic of North Macedonia. A name change would pave the way for the former Yugoslav republic to join NATO and the EU.
The foreign ministers of Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have signed a deal that could resolve a long-running dispute over the latter's name. Opponents of the deal protested in Greece and Macedonia.
As Macedonia and Greece approach the final stages of talks over Macedonia's name change, thousands have taken to the streets. Name tensions have stymied Macedonia's efforts to join the EU, with Greece holding veto power.
Macedonia and Greece are near agreement on a name change that has vexed bilateral relations since the 1990s. Greece has used its leverage within NATO and the EU to block its neighbor from joining those clubs.
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