Macedonia naming dispute

North Macedonia applies deal with Greece to statues

Efforts by North Macedonia's government to re-label public statues of historic figures, under a deal with neighboring Greece, have got off to a rocky start.
Overnight, vandals removed plaques installed Thursday on three statues in the capital, Skopje, of ancient Greek warrior-king Alexander the Great and his family, which clarified that they belong to ancient Greek history.

North Macedonia PM congratulates Mitsotakis on election win

North Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has congratulated New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on his election victory.
"Congratulations for the election victory to the new PM of Greece," Zaev said in a tweet Monday. "I wish prosperity to Greece and to the Greek people. We hope to continue the cooperation between North Macedonia and Greece," he said.

North Macedonia changes name of army

North Macedonia changed the name of its army to abide by the provisions of the Prespes accord, the deal signed with Greece last year to end a decades-old dispute over the country's name, state-run news agency ANA-MPA reported Thursday.
The country added the adjective "north" to become the army of the Republic of North Macedonia.

Angela Merkel: We Are Firmly Behind the European Perspective For the Western Balkans

EU postpones decision to start accession talks with Albania and northern Macedonia mid-month, writes NOVA TV. 

,,Germany firmly stands behind the European perspective for the Western Balkans and supports the countries in the region in their reform efforts.'' This was announced by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet.

Long-Dead Hero’s Memory Tests Bulgarian-North Macedonian Reconciliation

Shared hero becomes bone of contention:

The feud erupted on June 9, when Bulgaria's nationalist Defence Minister, Krasimir Karakachanov, also leader of the junior right-wing coalition party, VMRO, warned that the work of the joint history committee had "stalled" over the issue of Gotse Delchev.

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