“Macedonia’s parliament on Friday approved a proposal to change the country’s name, bringing a decades-old dispute with Greece one step closer to being resolved. A total of 80 deputies in the 120-seat parliament voted in favor of renaming the Balkan country Republic of North Macedonia – just reaching the two-thirds majority needed to enact constitutional changes.” (Reuters)

‘Congratulations my friend Zoran Zaev! Tonight’s vote is a big step towards our common success. A very important step to a peaceful and prosperous future for our people!,’ Alexis Tsipras wrote on his Twitter account.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk wrote on his Twitter account in Macedonian language that the vote made Macedonia a step closer to the Euro-Atlantic community.

‘One vote, one big vote in the place that belongs to you in our transatlantic community,’ Tusk wrote.” (N1)

“As the last centenaries of the First World War approach, the troubled region where it all began is under scrutiny once again. The western Balkans is where those who favour the further enlargement of the European Union and Nato have set their sights. Tiny Montenegro (population 600,000) became the latest addition to Nato last year, and land-locked Macedonia(population 2,100,000) could be next. Both also aspire to join the EU, though the EU is split about whether this is advisable, and even if it is, how soon. ” (The Independent)

“Deep concerns have emerged within the Serbian Orthodox Church over a move by the leadership of Orthodox Christianity toward recognizing the Ukrainian church’s independence from Moscow.

The reasons for concern go beyond the Serbian Patriarchate’s historical and political ties with the Russian Orthodox Church, which announced on October 15 it was severing ties with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople over its recent decree on recognition of the autocephaly the Ukrainian church.

The Serbian Patriarchate has its own decades-old disputes with unrecognized breakaway churches in Macedonia and Montenegro — territory long considered by the Constantinople Patriarchate, the spiritual leadership of the world’s Orthodox Christians, as the domain of the Serbian Orthodox Church.” (RFE/RL)