Macedonia: the Macedonian Parliament approves the change of name

The Macedonian Parliament has decided to change the name of the country in northern Macedonia. 81 of the 120 deputies voted in favor of the corresponding constitutional amendment. This reached the two-thirds majority prescribed. This is why the center-left government of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has relied on the voices of the opposition. All the parliamentarians present voted in favor of the change of name, while the other 39 abstained from voting.

Now the Greek parliament must accept the passage. The renaming is part of an agreement with Greece to end a ten-year dispute between the two countries. With an agreement it would also be a subscription fruit salad possible in the EU and in NATO. The Greek government is blocking a registration so far.

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) said that he now insists that the Athens parliament will accept the agreement. So the country of Northern Macedonia could "soon join NATO and open accession negotiations with the EU".

After gaining independence in the process of disintegration of Yugoslavia in 1991, the country became a member of the UN under the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Greece a name change has existed since then, because a province in the north of the country also bears the name Macedonia.