SKOPJE – Thousands of people Wednesday night, the street merged into the Macedonian capital, Skopje, as a protest against the proposed name change of the country. The protesters accuse the government of high treason, write Macedonian media.
The leaders of Greece and Macedonia reached Tuesday a compromise on the name issue. Both countries are already years in disputing over the name Macedonia. The conflict dates back to 1991, when Macedonia is peacefully separated from Yugoslavia and continued as the independent Republic of Macedonia. That was bad in Greece, that is itself a historic region of Macedonia.
The Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev said Tuesday that his country will be renamed the Republic of Northern Macedonia. That should pave the way for the accession to NATO and the EU. President Gjorge Ivanov refused to agree. “My position is final and I will not by the knees for pressure, blackmail or threats”, he announced at a press conference. “I will be such a harmful agreement not to support or sign.”
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