“Britain’s prime minister has urged Macedonia and Greece to show courage in ongoing efforts to resolve a dispute over Macedonia’s name, which has frustrated the country’s aspirations to join NATO and the European Union.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says a solution will require a willingness to make difficult decisions. She spoke after talks Thursday in Skopje with Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

Macedonia and Greece have been at odds over the small Balkan country’s name for the past 27 years. Greece says it implies territorial claims on its own northern province with the same name, and on ancient Greek history. Macedonia denies that.” (ABC News)

“Many people would have trouble finding the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on a map. Even more might struggle to remember its name, if a deal said to be proposed with Greece on what to call the country is signed.

Bulgaria’s foreign minister, Ekaterina Zaharieva, told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on May 18 that the two sides, who are looking to end a decades-old dispute over what to call Macedonia, discussed the name Republic of Ilinden Macedonia, a proposal referring to the location of a historical uprising.

Greece, a European Union and NATO member, has for years blocked Macedonia’s efforts to join both organizations, arguing that its name implies a claim on the Greek province of Macedonia.

‘It sounds to me like they recognized that we have a common history and a common past,’ she said, confirming the name was proposed by Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev at a May 17 meeting in Sofia with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras.” (RFE/RL)

“President of the Republic of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov has been awarded the ‘Friend of Azerbaijan’ Golden Order instituted by the international magazine ‘My Azerbaijan.’

Editor-in-chief of the magazine Emil Nasirli presented the order to the Macedonian President at his residence in Skopje.

President Gjorge Ivanov thanked the editorial board and staff of “My Azerbaijan” international magazine for honoring him with the high award.

The Macedonian President hailed Azerbaijan`s efforts to strengthen the bilateral relations and cooperation with Macedonia, noting the importance of strengthening and getting the maximum benefit of partnership.” (Azertag)