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Welcome to North Macedonia!

Indian Summer

Cult Leader
A bit of what sounds like good news today:

Macedonia’s parliament has voted to start the process of renaming the country North Macedonia, a major step towards ending a decades-long stalemate with Greece and opening a door to NATO and the EU.
Welcome to North Macedonia: parliament votes for name change (20. Oct. 2018)

The current official name is "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" or something like that, which in addition to sounding a bit daft is not accepted by Greece because it sounds too much like 'Macedonia' which is a name they feel they have ownership of, which is why they've blocked the country from entering into the EU and NATO.

Indian Summer

Cult Leader
It's a silly dispute to start with, so it's good to hear they're actually going through with this!
Macedonia's parliament has approved a constitutional amendment to change the country's name to the Republic of North Macedonia.

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev narrowly secured the two-thirds majority needed in the historic vote amid a boycott by opposition nationalists.
Source: Macedonia MPs agree country's name change (11. Jan. 2019)


World Class Member
Well, that was all rather interesting, I didn't even know there was a country called Macedonia, well now North Macedonia.

What a silly argument put forward by Greece to oppose the original name.


Stranger in a strange land
So, both North Macedonia and the area of Greece that'that's called Macedonia were once part of the original Macedonia?

What a kerfluffle over nothing. Good grief.