<img src = "https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2018/06/12/gettyimages-970960828_sq-f58be60aa230d651af12ced4dfaf9b82d3b19193-s100-c15.jpg" data-original = "https: // media .npr.org / assets / img / 2018/06/12 / gettyimages-970960828_sq-f58be60aa230d651af12ced4dfaf9b82d3b19193-s100.jpg "class =" img lazyOnLoad "alt =" Macedonia gets a new name, ending a 27-year dispute with Greece  Opponents of the agreement protested Friday to the Macedonian parliament, responding to the vote with the phone calls of the "traitors", AP reports.The conservative opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski told reporters that the vote was "an act of treason".
Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev agreed to change the name of the country in a compromise with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipr last June.The proposed name changes protests against the nationalists of both countries and a referendum in Macedonia that did not meet the obligation of turnout at the polls.
Greece and Macedonia were locked in a name dispute dating back to 1991 during the disintegration of Yugoslavia, when the Republic of Macedonia broke away.
Greece already contained a region called Macedonia, which incorporates most of the territories of the homonymous ancient kingdom that was led centuries ago by Alexander the Great. Both Greece and the northern neighbor consider Alexander, and the name, an integral part of their identity, reports Kakissis.
Previously Greek governments have also said that the small Republic of Macedonia could use the name to make territorial claims on its province.
The disagreement triggered protests on both sides of the territorial border and produced real consequences: Greece blocked entry of Macedonia both in NATO and in the European Union. Previously Greece had referred to Macedonia as in Skopje, after its capital, or Fyrom, an acronym for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tweeted the support of the agreement on Friday, calling it "an important contribution to a stable and prosperous region".
A public referendum in Macedonia to change the name last September obtained an overwhelming consensus, but did not exceed 50% turnout necessary to validate the change, after the demonstrators pushed for a boycott.
"It is humiliating that he does not call me Macedonian, the only name I have for myself, for my ancestors and for my children only because of a political agreement and a diplomatic agreement", declared a demonstrator at the time.