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Several thousand Macedonians gather in support EU, NATO membership

September 16, 2018 SKOPJE (Reuters) – Several thousand Macedonians gathered in the capital Skopje on Sunday to express their support for NATO and European Union membership bids and for a change in the country’s name. The crowd, waving Macedonian flags, marched through Skopje city center and stopped in front of the European Union office in Macedonia to hear Prime Minister Zoran Zaev speak. “EU and NATO is the safe road, for us there is no other alternative. That’s our guide for a better life,” Zaev told them. He called on people to vote in support of a “historic” decision on Sept. 30, when a referendum on both the membership bids and the agreement with Greece to change the country’s name to Republic of North Macedonia will take place. Greece, a member of both NATO and the EU, has refused to accept the Balkan country’s name, saying it implies territorial claims on the Greek province of Macedonia and amounts to an appropriation of its ancient civilization. It has blocked the country’s membership bids. Macedonia was part of the now-defunct Yugoslavia, declaring independence in 1991. Zaev’s government, elected in 2017, pushed for an agreement with Greece and the two sides agreed on…

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