Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Rebrands as Northern Macedonia in Agreement with Greece

By Anna Breuer on 17 June 2018
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Greece and Macedonia signed an agreement Sunday under which the latter, also known as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, will change the country’s name to the Republic of Northern Macedonia.

“This is a brave, historic and necessary step for our peoples,” said Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the signing of the accord, which took place in the fishing village of Psarades, which lies on the border of the two nations.

The issue arose after Yugoslavia ceased to exist in the 1980s and Macedonia became an independent nation.  Greece has an unrelated region that is also known as Macedonia and Thessaloniki, the country’s second largest city, is located there.

Both countries’ parliaments must approve the treaty, which is also subject to a referendum in Macedonia.  The soon to be Northern Macedonian constitution must also be revised by the end of 2018 in order for the Greek parliament to consider the matter.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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