Will Macedonia change its name on September 30?

By decision of legislators Macedonia will hold a referendum on a proposed name change for the country on September 30. A total of 68 out of the 120 Macedonian legislators approved the referendum question supported by the socialist government of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.


The historic deal to rename the country to "Republic of Northern Macedonia" has signed by Skopje and Athens, in an effort to bring an end to a 27-year dispute.Greece has objected to its neighbour being called Macedonia because it has a northern province of the same name, accusing Skopje of territorial ambitions and appropriating its cultural heritage.
Apart from resolving the long-running fight with Greece, a name change would also pave the way for the former Yugoslav republic to join NATO and start accession talks with the European Union.