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Euro 2020: Ambitious debutants North Macedonia want to go all the way

Led by veteran striker Goran Pandev, North Macedonia have entered the big stage by qualifying for Euro 2020. After shocking Germany in the World Cup qualifiers, they want to prove they're ready to make the step up.

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Protesters stormed into Macedonia's parliament and the leader of the Social Democrats was injured in a fistfight after his party and ethnic Albanian allies voted to elect an Albanian as parliament speaker.
5 Mar 2018
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Voters in the small Balkan country will decide whether or not they accept the name 'Republic of North Macedonia.’ Changing the name will help ease the path toward membership of NATO and the EU, which is opposed by its neighbor Greece.
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In a historic move, Macedonian lawmakers overwhelmingly voted for renaming the ex-Yugoslav country "North Macedonia." The move will "open the door for the future," according to Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.
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Amid widespread protests, the Greek parliament has ratified a deal that would allow Macedonia to pursue EU membership. Many Greeks are still angry, saying the deal paves the way for Macedonia to claim Greek territory.
7 May 2019
Pope Francis has met leaders in North Macedonia, the birthplace of Mother Theresa. He is expected to preach a message of unity in a country struggling with deepening political division.
22 Jun 2019
EU ministers have decided to delay opening accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia. Germany was partly to blame for the hold-up.
1 Jul 2019
In a landmark move, North Macedonia hosted its first ever Gay Pride Parade, with cabinet members and foreign diplomats joining LGBT activists in Skopje. Priests from various denominations attended a counter-rally.
17 Jul 2020
After a three-month delay due to coronavirus, North Macedonia is heading for crucial elections on Wednesday. Voters must decide between the government's international stance or the opposition's 'lost identity' narrative.
26 Oct 2020
North Macedonia, Kosovo and Bulgaria joined the US agreement aimed at stemming Chinese influence in 5G infrastructure. The US and EU also launched bilateral talks to discuss China issues.
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Police have linked the individuals to the "Islamic State" terror group. In November, an Austrian-born man of Macedonian-Albanian descent carried out an attack in Vienna, killing four and wounding several others.
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Led by veteran striker Goran Pandev, North Macedonia have entered the big stage by qualifying for Euro 2020. After shocking Germany in the World Cup qualifiers, they want to prove they're ready to make the step up.