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SKOPJE, Macedonia | Merkel in Macedonia to back ‘yes’ vote on referendum

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Merkel in Macedonia to back ‘yes’ vote on referendum

SKOPJE, Macedonia— German chancellor Angela Merkel visited Macedonia Saturday, the third western leader to do so this week in a show of support for the government ahead of an upcoming referendum to change the country’s name and qualify for NATO membership.

Macedonians vote Sept. 30 on a proposal to change the former Yugoslav republic’s name to “North Macedonia.” The name change would end a long-running dispute with neighbor and NATO member Greece, which has accused the Balkan nation of implying a claim to its territory and ancient heritage of its own northern region of Macedonia.

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