Macedonia MPs to vote on referendum on name deal with Greece

Macedonian lawmakers will vote on a government’s proposal setting down details for a referendum over a deal with Greece to change the country’s name to North Macedonia. The proposals are expected to be approved Monday, AP said. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev’s coalition holds 67 of parliament’s 120 seats, and a simple majority is required. Zaev has suggested the referendum be held September 30 with the question: “Are you in favor of European Union and NATO membership by accepting the agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece?” The two countries have been at odds for decades over the use of the name Macedonia, which Greece says implies territorial claims over its own province of the same name.