In New North Macedonia, Some Things Still Macedonian

(AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

SKOPJE, North Macedonia — The newly-renamed North Macedonia’s government says 136 state-funded institutions will adjust their names in the next four months under an historic deal the country formerly known as Macedonia struck with neighboring Greece, but not all.

Greece’s ruling anti-nationalist Radical Left SYRIZA leader and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras struck the deal to end a nearly 28-year-long name feud that changed the name of The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) but gave away the name of the ancient Greek province of Macedonia.

While the name is North Macedonia, the country’s national anthem which calls itself Macedonia won’t change as it’s part of the country’s national heritage and culture, government spokesman Mile Boshnjakovski said.

The state orchestra, TV and news agency will have the word “Macedonian” replaced by “National” in their names but the Macedonian National Theater won’t change, being a cultural institution.

Among the institutions to be renamed is the central bank, which will become the National Bank of the Republic of North Macedonia. Macedonian Rail will be renamed to North Macedonia Rai but The Macedonian Institute of Literature name will stay.


(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)


  1. Bogles my mind why they are spending money to alter the name by an illegitimate government not supported by its PEOPLE. REFERENDUM of Sept. 30th 2018 did not pass. Eveything after that date is illegal and Zaev will have to answer. Shame.

  2. This illegitimate agreement was created extorting and gagging the Greek people. The process was so disgusting illegal and the results are so fragile and volatile that one cannot fail to wonder if the current world leadership is simply insane.Of course, buffoons and and violent criminal personalities have always sprang to rule at the end of every long historical period. At times like this, the “eschata” certainly float. The mercilessly condescending manner in which the Greek people were ignored, gagged and vilified is only a putrefying badge of sadism on leaders whose illusions of power and CONTROL have obscured any sense of humanity and government. Dangerous people that have run their course and now are left jumping up and down (in full regalia of importance) because there is no further to go. There is no more creative space but evil and torture and sadistic behaviors against a whole population that was chosen to receive attentions of oligarchy and (please) their personal and cultural aberrations! ! Because the insane are deprived of any concept of measure, we now are further confronted with their joyous announcements of awards and honors coming to our deliverer Tsipras by the very same hands that signed our execution! But Germans and Greeks are well aware of cowardly mass executions and such! Tsipras on the other was born unaware so he doesn’t matter! Nobel, no Nobel or even a swine’s head

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