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Macedonia parliament to vote on name change

Macedonian lawmakers will decide on Monday if the country will change its name from Republic of Macedonia to Republic of Northern Macedonia over two weeks after a referendum on the issue was marred by low turnout.
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Macedonia to hold referendum on name change September 30

Macedonia’s parliament on Monday set September 30 as the date for a referendum on changing the country’s name to the Republic of North Macedonia, a high-stakes vote aimed at resolving the Balkan nation’s long-running row with Greece and opening the door to its entry into NATO and the EU.
Gjorge Ivanov, is a Macedonian politician currently serving as the President of the Republic of Macedonia, in office since 2009

Macedonian president refuses to sign ‘criminal’ law to change country’s name

Macedonia’s President Gjorge Ivanov on Tuesday refused to sign an agreement on changing the country’s name to resolve a dispute with Greece, calling it a “criminal act” that violated the constitution.

Greece, Macedonia sign historic deal to end name row

Greece and Macedonia on Sunday signed a historic preliminary agreement to rename the country the Republic of North Macedonia, ending a row that has poisoned relations between the two neighbours since 1991.

Montenegro votes for new leader with pro-western veteran tipped to win

The people of Montenegro voted Sunday in polls expected to see pro-Western six-time former prime minister Milo Djukanovic elected as president of the tiny Balkan nation that is aspiring to join the EU.

Suicide bomber targets US embassy in Montenegro

An attacker threw an explosive device at the U.S. embassy in the Montenegrin capital Podgorica on Thursday morning and subsequently blew himself up with another bomb, the Montenegrin government said.

Kosovo celebrates decade of independence

The people of Kosovo are celebrating a decade of the country’s independence as security forces march through the streets of the capital city.

‘Instagram president’ expected to win as Slovenia returns to polls

Slovenia held a run-off election Sunday, with internet-savvy President Borut Pahor widely forecast to win a second term, although a low turnout could hand victory to his rival.

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