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Macedonia: Referendum deepens division over renaming country

Oct. 1, 2018 3:01 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's government prepared for a political battle Monday to push through a deal with Greece that would ultimately pave the way for NATO membership, after the agreement won overwhelming support in a referendum but with low voter turnout. The European Union, NATO, U.N....

Macedonia: Referendum approves name change, but turnout low

Sep. 30, 2018 6:06 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A referendum on changing Macedonia's name as part of a deal that would pave the way for NATO membership won overwhelming support Sunday, but low voter turnout highlighted the hurdles that still remain for the Balkan country to join the alliance. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev had hoped...

The Latest: Macedonian PM says vote shows will of people

Sep. 30, 2018 5:24 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on Macedonia's referendum on a name change for the country (all times local): 11:10 p.m. Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has described a referendum on changing the small European country's name to North Macedonia and thereby pave the way to NATO membership as a...

AP Explains: Macedonia referendum: What's in a name?

Sep. 29, 2018 2:29 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — What's in a name? That's the question Macedonians will be called on to answer Sunday in a referendum on whether to change their country's name to North Macedonia, ending a decades-long dispute with neighboring Greece and opening the door to NATO membership. Greece, a NATO and...

Macedonia or North Macedonia? Vote tests a nation's identity

Sep. 28, 2018 5:20 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonians have had a country to call their own for less than three decades. Now, the citizens of one of Europe's youngest countries are being asked to weigh matters of national identity and national interest as they decide a fundamental question: what their homeland will be...

The Latest: Iran dismisses Israeli 'atomic warehouse' claim

Sep. 27, 2018 8:38 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local): 8:05 p.m. Iran's foreign minister is deriding as an "arts and crafts show" Israel's visual-aid-enhanced accusation that his country is keeping a secret atomic warehouse. State-run media report that Mohammad Javad...

Macedonian president urges voters to skip name change vote

Sep. 27, 2018 4:36 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The president of Macedonia strongly urged voters Thursday to abstain from a weekend referendum on changing the country's name to "North Macedonia" to clear its path toward NATO and European Union membership. President Gjorge Ivanov's comments at the U.N. General Assembly in New...

Macedonia's president says he won't vote in referendum

Sep. 23, 2018 9:33 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's president says he won't vote in a Sept. 30 referendum on whether to change the Balkan country's name to "North Macedonia." Macedonians will vote next weekend on a proposal to change the country's name, ending a long-running dispute with neighboring Greece, which sees...

Mattis condemns Russian influence-peddling in Macedonia

Sep. 17, 2018 2:27 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday condemned Russia's efforts to use its money and influence to build opposition to an upcoming vote that could pave the way for Macedonia to join NATO, a move Moscow opposes. Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Skopje that there is "no...

Macedonia launches campaigning on name change referendum

Sep. 10, 2018 8:27 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Campaigning officially began in Macedonia on Monday for a Sept. 30 referendum on changing the country's name, a move which would allow the Balkan country to qualify for NATO membership and also pave its way toward the European Union. Macedonians will vote on a proposal to change...