Tag Archives: Balkans

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.

Macedonia Referendum Records Low Turnout, Both Sides Claim Victory

Amid silent boycott by the right-wing opposition, Macedonia’s referendum on the landmark ‘name’ agreement with Greece failed to meet the required turnout, but both the “yes” camp and those against the agreement declared victory.

by Sinisa Jakov Marusic

Tensions in the Balkans: is Serbia preparing to recognise Kosovo?

by Vladimir Unkovski-Korica

The Serbian President’s rhetoric since July 2017 has been suggestive of a compromise deal – but, argues Vladimir Unkovski-Korica, the future is still uncertain.  

Greece | Macedonia, Greece Sign ‘Historic’ Name Deal

The Macedonian and Greek Foreign Ministers, Nikola Dimitrov and Nikos Kotzias, in the presence of their countries’ Prime Ministers, Macedonia’s Zoran Zaev and Greece’s Alexis Tsipras, signed a historic agreement aimed at ending the long dispute over Macedonia’s name on Sunday.

Kosovo Deports Serbian Official

On March 26 Kosovo authorities deported Marko Djuric, the head of Serbia’s Office for Kosovo, after police arrested him in North Mitrovica for illegally entering the country.

Kosovo deported Marko Djuric, the head of Serbia’s Office for Kosovo, after police arrested him in North Mitrovica for illegally entering the country.