Macedonia: Merkel urges Macedonians to accept 'once in a generation' name deal

German chancellor Angela Merkel met her Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev in Skopje on Saturday, to discuss the upcoming referendum on the country's name and accept an historic agreement with Greece. «The people in your country have on the 30th of September the opportunity, just as they could vote 27 years ago on independence, to vote now on whether the door is open, whether the gate opens to... Еще this membership in the family of the EU and NATO,» the Chancellor said. She went on call the September 30 referendum on the name of the country a «historic opportunity» one that «you only get them once in a generation.» Merkel thanked the parties involved, the Macedonian and Greek Prime Ministers for their effort to change a decades-long dispute. Athens and Skopje reached a name deal under which the Balkan republic would be known as the Republic of North Macedonia. The referendum takes place on September 30. The agreement has sparked protests in both countries with Greek protesters claiming that a name including the term 'Macedonia' implies a claim to the country's north region.

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