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Macedonia agrees to change its name






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The Republic of Macedonia will change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia. The country became independent in 1991. It became a member of the U.N. in 1993. Greece's largest region is also called Macedonia. Greece said it owned the name. Greece stopped Macedonia from joining the E.U. because of this.

Over 67 per cent of Macedonia's politicians voted for the change. Opposition politicians did not vote. Hundreds of people protested. An opposition leader said the government traded Macedonia's name, "just like at a market stall." Macedonia's Prime Minister said the name change would, "open the doors to the future".

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