Zoran Zaev

Macedonia Step Toward Joining NATO

Macedonia, which was created when Yugoslavia broke up, was invited to join the alliance in 2008, but its membership was vetoed by Greece, which already has its own province named Macedonia.

Athens claimed that the name made it sound like Macedonia the country has its eyes set on annexing Macedonia the province — or at the least was appropriating Greece's historical heritage.

Macedonia Parliament Agrees to Change Country's Name

Macedonia's parliament has approved a constitutional amendment to change the country's name to the Republic of North Macedonia, reports BBC News. 

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev narrowly secured the two-thirds majority needed in the historic vote amid a boycott by opposition nationalists.

Protesters outside parliament denounced what they called an act of treason.

Tsipras congratulates FYROM counterpart on parliament vote

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has congratulated his counterpart Zoran Zaev of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on the outcome of a parliament vote on constitutional changes related to the name agreement with Greece, his press office said in a statement.

The deal clears the way for FYROM to join NATO and potentially the European Union.

Zaev has secured majority to ratify constitutional changes

The government of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has secured the parliamentary majority required to finalize the four constitutional amendments that will change the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to North Macedonia, a ruling party spokesman cited by MIA news agency reported on Friday.

FYROM MPs adjourn debate

Lawmakers in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) debating the constitutional changes needed to rename the country adjourned debate on Thursday as Prime Minister Zoran Zaev struggled to secure a constitutional two-thirds majority in the parliament of the Balkan country.