🇲🇰 Greece and FYR Macedonia reach an agreement on the name ending 27 year dispute
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA 🇲🇰 Greece has reached a deal on the name of its northern neighbour, which called itself Macedonia at the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. After 27 years of talks – and many protests – they have settled on the name Republic of North Macedonia, or Severna Makedonija in Macedonian. Greece had objected to the name Macedonia, fearing territorial claims on its eponymous northern region. It had vetoed the neighbour’s bid to join Nato and the European Union.
The new name will now need to be approved by the Macedonian people and Greek parliament. Under the deal, the country known at the United Nations as Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Fyrom) will be named Severna Makedonija, or Republic of North Macedonia. Its language will be Macedonian and its people known as Macedonians (citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia). Significantly, they agreed that the new name would be used both internationally and bilaterally, so that even the 140 or more countries that recognise the name Macedonia will also have to adopt North Macedonia.
Will the nw country renamed in Eurovision 2019 and how? The deal between Greece and FYR Macedonia has few more steps to officially conclude. In autumn FYR Macedonia will hold a referendum to approve the agreement. Upon approval (hopefully) the parliament will start the change of the constitution in the parts of the country’s name and delete the parts where the country claims territories from Greece. The procedure is expected to end by early spring next year. If everything goes well the in Eurovision 2019 we will see the name North Macedonia accompanying the country’s entry.