Macedonia's Name Dispute with Greece: Macedonians in Austria Cast Their Votes

Published: September 26, 2018; 17:38 · (Vindobona)

The Macedonians will decide next Sunday on a bilateral agreement between Athens and Skopje, which can pave the way for the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia to NATO and EU membership. Greece, which claims the name Macedonia for its northern region, should be made satisfied with "Northern Macedonia". The Macedonian foreign voters can vote for the referendum at the diplomatic representations of their country (diplomatic representations in Austria see below). Voters will be asked "Do you support EU and NATO membership by accepting the agreement between Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Greece?"

Question to the Macedonians: "Do you support EU and NATO membership by accepting the agreement between Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Greece?" / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / By MacedonianBoy ([1]) [CC BY-SA 3.0]

According to the news agency Macedonian Information Agency (MIA), more than 150 Macedonian citizens are registered as entitled to vote in Vienna alone.

Why is there a dispute about the name Macedonia?

The conflict flared up in 1991 when the former Yugoslav republic declared itself independent and gave itself the name Macedonia (Greek: Macedonia). Athens argues that…

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