Macedonians have had a country to call their own for less than three decades.
Thousands of people marched in Macedonia’s capital Sunday to promote support for changing the country’s name in an upcoming referendum that also could clear the way for NATO membership.
Macedonia’s conservative opposition leader has told supporters to vote “with their conscience” in an upcoming referendum on changing the country’s name.
Campaigning officially began in Macedonia on Monday for a Sept. 30 referendum on changing the country’s name, a move which would allow the Balkan country to qualify for NATO membership and also pave its way toward the European Union.
German chancellor Angela Merkel visited Macedonia Saturday, the third western leader to do so this week in a show of support for the government ahead of an upcoming referendum to change the country’s name and qualify for NATO membership.
Macedonia’s parliament on Thursday ratified a historic deal with neighboring Greece for the second time in two weeks, after the Macedonian president temporarily blocked the agreement.
Macedonia’s conservative president on Tuesday refused to sign off a deal with neighboring Greece for his country to change its name to “North Macedonia,” a move that will delay — but probably not derail — the deal, ratified by Macedonia’s parliament last week.
A deal to end a decades-long dispute over whether Greece can lay sole claim to Macedonia as a place name easily passed a ratification vote Wednesday in the parliament of neighboring nation Macedonia.
A United Nations envoy said Thursday he remained optimistic that neighbors Macedonia and Greece could resolve a name dispute that has strained relations between the two countries for more than a quarter of a century.
Greece and neighboring Macedonia have been at loggerheads for more than a quarter-century century over an issue at the heart of the newer nation’s existence and identity: its name.