“Thousands of flag-waving protestors in the Macedonian capital on Sunday chanted ‘We are Macedonians’ at a rally to protest a possible change to the name of the former Yugoslav republic to comply with a demand by Greece.

The protestors organized by the We are Macedonia movement gathered under the statue of Hellenic ruler Alexander the Great in Skopje’s main square.

 ‘We are here because questions about the name, the identity, the constitution (and) language are issues over which we must adopt a (strong) position,’ Evica Stojanova-Kamberova, one of rally organizers told the crowd.” (Reuters)

Macedonian authorities have begun replacing road signs after officially changing the name of the country’s main highway from “Alexander the Great” as a goodwill gesture to Greece.

Gajur Kadriu, head of Macedonia’s road maintenance company, said two signs with the highway’s new name — “Prijatelstvo,” which is Macedonian for friendship — were put up Friday.

Another 23 signs, with translations in English and Albanian, will be put up next week.” (ABC News)

“Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani met Thursday with Alejandro Alvarazonales, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, and Maciej Popovski, Deputy Director General for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations at the European Commission.

At the joint meeting, the Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Macedonia were discussed in the context of the messages contained in the new European Commission’s Enlargement Strategy with the countries of the Western Balkans by 2025.

‘We are in an extremely important, it can be said, a historical period, when we need a national and social consensus to finally close the EU and NATO issue’, Osmani stressed, stressing the messages of the European Commission Strategy, which precisely draw the path of the countries of the Western Balkans to full-fledged membership in the European Union.” (translated from Nova Makedonija)