“In the run-up to Macedonia’s referendum on changing the country’s name (scheduled for September 30), the main focus of the government in Skopje has become ensuring a high turnout. In the current polarizing political environment, with President Gjorge Ivanov calling for a boycott of the referendum, the ruling coalition is scrambling to mobilize every single vote (Nezavisen Vesnik, September 24; VOA, September 23). Although the referendum is only consultative and non-binding—meaning that the parliament will make the final decision—sufficient citizen participation of over 50 percent would lend much-needed legitimacy to a historic step and ease tensions in the country. On June 17, Skopje and Athens signed a landmark agreement on changing the name of Macedonia to North Macedonia in exchange for Greece’s full support for its northern neighbor to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union. The deal also includes the recognition of the Macedonian nation and Macedonian language, a compromise by the Greek side that seemed nearly impossible over the past two decades.” (Jamestown Foundation)