Macedonia and Greece announce historic ‘name’ deal

After more than 25 years of deadlock, Skopje and Athens have struck a deal on the Macedonian name dispute, agreeing on the composite name Republic of North Macedonia, Balkan Insight reports. The deal, which has yet to be ratified, would allow Skopje to enter NATO and the EU, putting an end to the Greek veto. Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev said, under the deal, his country’s language would remain ’Macedonian,’ as would his people’s nationality. As Athens insisted, the deal calls for the name Republic of Macedonia to be used both internationally and domestically. Zaev now plans to bring the agreement to parliament and then put it to a referendum in the fall.


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