Hundreds Gather in Macedonian Capital to Protest Name Deal

Hundreds protested in Skopje, Macedonia, for the second night in a row on June 18 after the foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia signed an agreement to change the name of the country to the Republic of North Macedonia, Radio Free Europe said.

The accord will need to be approved by both parliaments and a referendum in Macedonia, which declared itself independent in 1991. Due to territorial concerns over a region of northern Greece also named Macedonia, Athens has never recognized the Balkan country’s claim to the name “Republic of Macedonia.”

Because of this dispute, Macedonia has been admitted into the United Nations under the provisional name “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,” often abbreviated as FYROM. Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Storyful