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FYR Macedonia’s NATO membership protocol likely to improve defence capabilities, increases risk of anti-government protests during 2019

07 February 2019


On 6 February 2019, the permanent representatives of the 29 NATO member states signed the protocol for the accession of the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) Macedonia to NATO.

In January, the FYR Macedonian parliament approved a constitutional amendment to change the name of the country to the Republic of North Macedonia (Republika Severna Makedonija) as per the intergovernmental agreement between FYR Macedonia and Greece from June 2018. Later in January, the Greek parliament ratified the deal, which was a finalising step to resolve the long-lasting name dispute between the two countries; the issue has prevented FYR Macedonia’s NATO accession due to a Greek veto.

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