We’ve all heard of the most intractable conflicts from Europe. After many years of pro argument and counterarguments, and fights, the problem is solved.
The vote decided it
It happened on Friday, where 153 legislators voted in favor, 146 legislators voted against and one abstained. It’s happening: Macedonia will change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia.
Greece is very happy with the decision, because, after all, they are protecting part of the history, the one with the ancient Greek Macedonia.
The Macedonian Prime Minister who is Zoran Zaev considered this a historical victory.
The Prespes Agreement was signed in June last year, and the country will now be recognized as North Macedonia. In exchange, Greece will unblock its path to NATO and the European Union membership. The language of the country will be “Macedonian” and its citizens will be called “Macedonian” or “Citizen of the Republic of North Macedonia.”
The dispute has come to an end
The vote took place in Athens, and it happened after two weeks after the MPs in Skopje approved the change of the name. This settles a dispute of 27 years. However, the societies from both of the countries remain polarized.
People aren’t happy with the decision
There are many protests outside the Greek parliament, people don’t like this agreement and they are screaming “traitors” everywhere. Protests were also held in other parts of the country, too, where the opposition to the deal is even stronger – 6 out of 10 people didn’t want the agreement to happen.
Athens didn’t want their neighbors to use the name Macedonia, ever since they declared independence in 1991, after they’ve broken up from the former Yugoslavia. They said that the territorial claim over the province of Greek is an appropriation of Greece’s cultural heritage. However, Skopje denied all the allegations.
Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.