Category Archives: Makedonia

PACE to observe the presidential election in Macedonia and Ukraine

Presidential elections are scheduled for April 21 in two European countries – Macedonia and Ukraine. Both states are felt to zone of tiny NATO interest and influence. Macedonia even has changed its name to North Macedonia specially for entering NATO alliance. Greece from historical and territorial reasons was strongly against its former name and blocked any step to involve Macedonia to NATO. Ukraine is also the territory of high interest for NATO, it is used as a weapon against Russia in NATO-Russia conflict during last five years.

Macedonia: President Ivanov refuses to sign 11 bills under new name

President of North Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov has refused to sign proclamation decrees for 11 bills approved by parliament with the new country’s name, Republic of North Macedonia.

According to parliament, President Gjorge Ivanov’s office informed them that he has “always acted in accordance with solemn oath that he would protect the constitution and defend the interest of the Republic of Macedonia”.

Greece | Greek Parliament ratifies ‘North Macedonia’ accord

Greece on Friday ratified a landmark accord that changes the name of the neighbouring Former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia(FYROM), ending a decades-old dispute with its neighbour and opening the way for the ex-Yugoslav republic to join the European Union and NATO.

“Why I don’t recognize North Macedonia as my home country”

by Goran Lazarevski

Last week, Macedonia’s Parliament approved a constitutional amendment to change the country’s name to the Republic of North Macedonia. Under the agreement, the country’s language will be called Macedonian and its people known as Macedonians/citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia. The new name will 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. In Macedonian, the name is Severna Makedonija. While mainstream media have described this vote as “historic” – voices from the Left have been highly critical of it. We present here one such perspective by Goran Lazarevski.

Macedonian parliament approves country’s name change

The parliament of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on Friday approved a proposal to change the country’s name, bringing a decades-old dispute with Greece one step closer to being resolved.

A total of 80 deputies in the 120-seat parliament voted in favor of renaming the Balkan country Republic of North Macedonia – just reaching the two-thirds majority needed to enact constitutional changes.