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Northern Macedonia

Yearbook 2018

Northern Macedonia (until 2019 Macedonia). At the referendum in September on Macedonia's change of name to Northern Macedonia, the jas side won. According to, over 90% said yes to the change of name, but voter participation did not even reach up to 40%, so critics claimed that the result could not be considered valid. Despite this, a few weeks later the country's parliament approved a change in its constitution which means that it is now possible to change its name to the Republic of Northern Macedonia. The name change ever since Macedonia was formed in 1991 has been a stumbling block and a requirement from Greece to approve its neighbor in the north to apply for membership in the EU and NATO.

2018 Northern Macedonia

Prior to that, Macedonia, for example, had decided to rename, for example, Alexander the Great's airport in the capital Skopje and Alexander the Great's highway, which goes to Greece and will now be called Friendship Road. Everything to please the Greeks - Alexander the Great was, after all, the great ruler of the Greeks in the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia in the 300s BC. Macedonia is also today the name of a Greek region.

Other names, besides the victorious Republic of Northern Macedonia, which were discussed were New Macedonia, Upper Macedonia and Ilinden Macedonia (a reference to the Macedonian uprising against the Ottoman Empire in 1903).

Former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who resigned in 2016, was granted asylum in Hungary in November, where he had moved since it became clear that his corruption conviction at two years in prison had been determined. Opposition party VMRO-DPMNE's assets frozen; several in management are investigated for corruption crimes. This is illegal financing worth € 4.9 million in 2009-15.

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