Macedonia naming deal
MACEDONIA has fulfilled its part of a historic deal that will pave its way to NATO membership and normalise relations with neighbouring Greece, after lawmakers approved constitutional changes to rename the country North Macedonia.
The move was hailed by NATO and the European Union, which had lobbied for Macedonia to back the agreement despite strong criticism from the country’s main opposition party, and by Greece’s prime minister, who has invested heavily in the deal. All 81 Macedonian lawmakers present for the vote backed the constitutional amendments.
The remaining 39 opposition lawmakers stayed away.