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
Countryaah.com, 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.
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.