Northern Macedonia: name change after dispute with Greece official - foreign policy

Now it is official: the Republic of Macedonia has officially renamed Northern Macedonia. The name change of the small Balkan country came into effect on Tuesday, as the government announced in Skopje.

With the renaming of a decades-long dispute with neighboring country, Greece was settled. The government in Athens feared that Macedonia could use its name to claim the region of the same name in Greece.

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▶ ︎ After the name change in Northern Macedonia, two important organizations for Germany will soon be added: the European Union and the NATO defense alliance.

Namely, two organizations wanted to become members of Northern Macedonia since its independence 27 years ago, which Greece had always refused. Only in the summer of last year did both countries reach agreement on the name change in favor of admission to NATO and the EU.

A first success was already in January for Northern Macedonia: after the parliament in Skopje voted for the name change, the country's accession to NATO was initiated. Already in 2020, it could be a full member of the influential defense alliance.