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Macedonia Is Up For A Name Change To End Its Rift With Greece

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Macedonia Is Up For A Name Change To End Its Rift With Greece
Options reportedly include Upper Macedonia, Northern Macedonia and New Macedonia.
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Macedonia is ready to work with with Greece on a decadeslong dispute over the country's name.

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said his country was willing to change its name. Options reportedly include Upper Macedonia, Northern Macedonia and New Macedonia.

It's officially been known as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, or FYROM, since 1991. But Greeks have opposed that name ever since.

That's because Greece's northern region that borders Macedonia is also called Macedonia. The historical factor plays an even larger role: The country of Macedonia adopted Alexander the Great as a kind of national symbol, further infuriating Athens.

This may all sound kind of trivial, but it has had real-world ramifications. Greece has blocked Macedonia's attempts to join NATO and the European Union over the dispute.

Macedonian leaders also announced the country's main airport and a major highway — both named after Alexander — were to be renamed.