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Macedonia’s prime minister Zoram Zaev:  his government secured the 80 seats it needed after persuading deputies to break ranks with the right-wing VMRO-DPMNE. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty

Macedonia’s parliament has narrowly approved a deal with Athens to change its name and open up its path to EU and Nato membership, despite fierce crit(...)

Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev speaks on the night of the referendum on changing Macedonia’s name. Photograph: Ognen Teofilovski/File Photo/Reuters

The referendum in Macedonia on September 30th was a massive Yes vote for a change of name to “Republic of North Macedonia”, but the low turnout (less (...)

Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev: require the support of at least nine opposition deputies. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Macedonia’s government has urged opposition deputies to set aside bitter political rivalries and approve a western-backed deal with Athens to change t(...)

Former prime minister of Macedonia Nikola Gruevski accompanied by his bodyguard arrives in the court in Skopje where he was appealing his two-year sentence for corruption.  Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Macedonia’s court of appeal has upheld a corruption conviction against former prime minister Nikola Gruevski, adding to bad blood between his national(...)

Demonstrators hold Greek flags as they protest against a referendum to re-name Macedonia, in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, last Sunday. Photograph:  Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images

With a northern arm of the Aegean Sea at her back, Giorgia Bitakou unfurls a blue flag emblazoned with an ancient Greek symbol of the sun and raises i(...)

Protesters in Skopje boycott a referendum on changing Macedonia’s name to pave way for it to join Nato and the EU. Photograph: Marko Djurica

Macedonia’s government has pledged to press ahead with a controversial deal with Greece to change its name and boost its hopes of joining the European(...)

Woman attends a debate on voting Yes on a pact that would see Macedonia renamed North Macedonia in exchange for Greece lifting its 27-year opposition to EU and Nato accession for its Balkan neighbour. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty

Low turnout looked likely to invalidate Macedonia’s non-binding referendum on a historic deal with Greece on Sunday, clouding prospects for a pact tha(...)

A billboard reading in Albanian “The future depends on your vote!” in the town of Gostivar, on Friday. Photograph:  Armend Nimani/AFP

Macedonia is preparing to vote on a historic deal with Greece to change its name and open up its path to deeper integration with the West, amid bitter(...)

Russian minister of foreign affairs Sergei Lavrov receives a medal from the president of the Republic of Serbian entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik (right). Photograph: Vladimir Stojakovic

Russia has rejected concerns that it could try to influence Bosnia’s forthcoming elections, as fears of foreign meddling, ballot fraud and legal uncer(...)

US defence secretary James Mattis and Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev. Photograph: Tomislav Georgiev/AFP/Getty Images

US defence secretary Jim Mattis has warned that Russia is trying to influence this month’s referendum in Macedonia, when its people will give their op(...)

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