To vote or not vote, this is the case for Macedonia

Macedonian citizens will decide on Sunday - September 30 - if they will change the country's name in North Macedonia to re-open the EU integration process and NATO membership.

To vote or not vote, this is the case for Macedonia

Tensions are rising in advance. From heated political debates, Macedonia has been involved long before the country's referendum. If Macedonian citizens decide on an attachment to the country's current name, then North Macedonia opens its doors to NATO and EU membership. If not, these doors will remain closed for decades and the price for one of the poorest economies in Europe would be very high.

The Skopje and Athens governments signed the name agreement in June 2018, 27 years after continuing disputes over the use of the historic name "Macedonia". But there is a strong resistance to this agreement in both countries, coupled with protests, sometimes violent during the summer.

A few days before the referendum, September 30 polls show that most of the Macedonian citizens who want to go to vote will back the deal, but a considerable part of the electorate is trying to undermine this referendum through boycotting. They hope that if no more than 50% of the participants reach, then the referendum will be invalid.

From heated political debates Macedonia has been involved long before the referendum on the name of the country. If Macedonian citizens decide on an attachment to the country's current name, then North Macedonia opens its doors to NATO and EU membership. If not, these doors will remain closed for decades and the price for one of the poorest economies in Europe would be very high.

Source: www.worldbulletin.net

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