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Dear MEL Topic Readers,
Greece and Macedonia sign agreement on name change
The Republic of Macedonia is a small, landlocked Balkan country with a population of about two million. The former Yugoslavia state declared independence in 1991 like Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite the official name, the country has been described as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, or FYROM, because of a dispute with Greece, which has a region with the same name.
In order for Macedonia to be a member of the EU for the economy and the NATO for security, the current administration decided to rename the country the Republic of North Macedonia and signed an agreement with Greece. Though an agreement is signed, it still needs to be ratified by the parliament of both countries, and in a national referendum in Macedonia.
Is this a compromise, concession or surrender for the people in Macedonia? Are all Greeks happy with the deal? It seems to depend on who you ask the question.
Enjoy reading and think what a name change means to the citizens.