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Balkans : Macedonia is now called North Macedonia

The small Balkan country of Macedonia has officially renamed Northern Macedonia. The renaming step, with effect from Tuesday into force, the government in Skopj

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Balkans : Macedonia is now called North Macedonia

The small Balkan country of Macedonia has officially renamed Northern Macedonia. The renaming step, with effect from Tuesday into force, the government in Skopje in the evening. The new Name is part of the implementation of the agreement with Greece, from June of the previous year. Appropriate amendments to the Constitution approved by the Parliament in Skopje in the previous month.

Athens had passed since the independence of Macedonia 27 years ago to the fact that the Northern neighbor to change its name because a Region in the North is Greece as well. As an EU and Nato member, Greece had blocked with his Veto, each bringing Macedonia closer to the Western alliances.

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With the renaming is the name dispute with Greece. In the meantime, the accession to the North of Macedonia to Nato was initiated. The Greek Parliament had ratified the previous week, the Protocol thereto. (dpa)

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