Changing the name of a country is a tricky task, as this article in the Economist reveals. However, reseach from Google for Euronews reveals that North Macedonia may be catching on among internet users. Since its split from Yugoslavia in 1991, the country had been internationally known by the clunky moniker of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, or FYRoM, after Greece refused to recognise its use of the name Macedonia, which is already used by a region in northern Greece. However, last year the two sides agreed a compromise that opens the way for the newly christened North Macedonia to join Nato and potentially the European Union. Even as the country made international headlines at the end of last year, the volume of searches measured by Google in the UK for "Macedonia" dropped to its lowest level in more than three years during mid December. Even a spike in usage in January, as parliaments in Macedonia and Greece ratified the deal, was lower than previous peaks as searches for the … [Read more...] about North Macedonia changed its name. Has anyone noticed?
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The agreement that will see the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia has been ratified in the Greek parliament. Lawmakers voted by 153 to 146 for a deal that ends a decades-long dispute and could open the way for Skopje to enter the European Union and NATO. Click on the player above to hear more on why this is so significant from our reporter Apostolos Staikos. … [Read more...] about Watch: Why is the FYR Macedonia name change deal so significant?
By Michele Kambas ATHENS (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters outside parliament on Sunday as tens of thousands of Greeks rallied in Athens to protest against a name deal with Macedonia. Central Athens turned into a sea of people holding blue and white Greek flags as thousands came from all over the country to rally against the accord to name the ex-Yugoslav state North Macedonia. Many Greeks believe the name Macedonia implies a territorial claim over their country's own northern region of that name. The issue evokes strong emotions among Greeks who consider Macedonia, the ancient kingdom ruled by Alexander the Great, to be an integral part of their homeland and heritage. The accord, signed by the two governments, unblocks the ex-Yugoslav republic's desire to join NATO and the European Union once ratified by Greece's parliament. "We cannot stomach this deal, to give away our Macedonia, our history," said pensioner Amalia Savrami, 67, as she waved a large Greek flag … [Read more...] about Police fire tear gas as Greeks rally over Macedonia name deal
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held his annual press conference on Wednesday in Moscow. He was questioned on many topics, including the arrest of US marine Paul Whelan, FYR Macedonia's name change, and Brexit. Paul Whelan caught 'red-handed' Lavrov said that Whelan, a former US marine who was accused of spying in Russia, was "arrested, detained at the moment of a specific illegal activity." "He was caught red-handed," he added. Whelan, who also holds British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained by Russia's Federal Security Service on December 28. His family said he is innocent and that he was attending a wedding in Moscow at the time. The foreign minister said Russia had provided more information about what was happening with the US marine than the UK had with the poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal, adding the situation was "completely out of line". "It will soon be a year that they do not give us access to them [Sergey and Yulia Skripal] in response to our … [Read more...] about Sergey Lavrov on US marine arrest, FYROM name change, and Brexit at annual press conference
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his government will undergo a confidence vote on Wednesday after his coalition partner quit over a long-standing name dispute with neighbouring country FYR Macedonia (FYROM). Why is there a confidence vote? On Sunday, Panos Kammenos, Tsipras’ former right-wing coalition partner and head of the Independent Greeks (ANEL) party, announced his resignation after a dispute concerning the name change of FYROM. Without Kammenos’ support, Tsipras was left without a majority in parliament and the risk of snap elections. The former coalition government had been governing Greece for the past four years. Tsipras called the confidence vote on Sunday so that his government can complete its term with an absolute majority. New elections are scheduled for October. What is the dispute about? For decades, Athens has been opposed to FYROM using "Macedonia" as its official country name because it believes that Skopje may present territorial claims to a … [Read more...] about Here’s what you need to know about Tsipras’ confidence vote on Wednesday