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Macedonia reaches name change deal with Greece

The Balkan nation will hold a popular vote in a referendum later this year to officially change its name to the Northern Republic of Macedonia. The move is part of a plan to resolve longstanding tensions between the country and its neighbour to the south, Greece, reports CNN.

Zoran Zaev, the prime minister of Macedonia, and Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister of Greece, both agreed to the deal on Monday, June 11.

Greece also has a region called Macedonia. It's in the northern, mountainous part of the country and includes Greece's second-largest city, Thessaloniki, and ancient Philippi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The United Nations has been calling it the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). In addition to causing confusion, the similar names have been a stumbling block for the nation of Macedonia to join the European Union because of Greece's objections.

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