Voters in the small Balkan country will decide whether or not they accept the name Republic of North Macedonia. Changing the name will help ease the path toward membership in NATO and the EU, which was opposed by its neighbor Greece.
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.
Less than half of Macedonia's electorate turned out to vote on whether their country's name should be changed as part of a deal with Greece. That hasn't fazed the prime minister, who's vowed to push ahead with the plan.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has accused Moscow of spreading disinformation in Macedonia ahead of the referendum on changing the country's name. The change could lead to Macedonia joining NATO and the EU.
On Sunday, citizens of the Republic of Macedonia face a historic vote. Should they change their country's name — and in doing so, continue on the path toward the European Union and NATO?
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