GREECE THESSALONIKI – RALLY FOR MACEDONIA

epa06460656 Thousands of people participate in the rally for the Macedonia naming dispute, Thessaloniki, Greece, 21 January 2018. The Macedonia name dispute is a political dispute between Greece and FYROM. Greece opposes the use of the name “Macedonia” by the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia. Millions of Greeks identify themselves as Macedonians, unrelated to the Slavic people who are associated with the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia. Greece further objects to the use of the term “Macedonian” for the neighboring country’s largest ethnic group and its language. The specific naming dispute, was reignited after the breakup of Yugoslavia and the newly gained independence of the former Socialist Republic of Macedonia in 1991. EPA-EFE/VASSILIS VERVERIDIS