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Macedonia Heads for Make-or-Break Name Vote or Snap Election

  • Lawmakers discuss amendments to complete accord with Greece
  • Premier has threatened to call snap vote if he fails
The government building in Skopje, Macedonia
The government building in Skopje, MacedoniaPhotographer: Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg
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The Republic of Macedonia’s parliament is facing a vote that will either help approve a deal opening the way to NATO and European Union entry or trigger an early election.

The former Yugoslav nation is at the center of the struggle between Russia and the West for sway over Europe’s most volatile region. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev’s government is pushing to rename his country to end a decades-long dispute with neighboring Greece, which has promised in exchange to lift its veto over Macedonia’s bids to join the EU and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Greece believes the name ‘Macedonia’ should only apply to its northern province.