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‘North Macedonia’ Embraces New, Undisputed Name on Road to NATO

  • Macedonia adds "North" to designation after landmark agreement
  • Government in Skopje prepares to change signs, banknotes
Workers replace the name "Republic of Macedonia" with "Republic of North Macedonia" at the border on Feb. 13.

Workers replace the name "Republic of Macedonia" with "Republic of North Macedonia" at the border on Feb. 13.

Photographer: Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg

A former Yugoslav republic that’s been blocked from joining NATO and the European Union because of a dispute over its name has started using a new moniker that’s the result of a deal to open the doors to western integration.

Adding a single cardinal direction to its title, the renamed "Republic of North Macedonia" said it will change the signs at border checkpoints and airports in the next three days. The country will start issuing new license plates in the coming months and eventually print new banknotes next year, the government in Skopje said in a statement.