People of all faiths fill Skopje’s main square for a mass led by Pope Francis. Believers from neighbouring countries, such as mainly Catholic Croatia, were also among the thousands-strong crowd, waving their country’s flags under sunny skies.
Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev welcomes Greek Prime minister Alexis Tsipras to Skopje on his first visit after resolving a 27-year row over North Macedonia’s name. It is the first official visit by a Greek prime minister since the former Yugoslav republic declared independence in 1991, kicking off the name row that roiled diplomatic ties for nearly three decades as the neighbours tussled for ownership of the name Macedonia and its cultural heritage. IMAGES of Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras
Police fired tear gas to prevent protesters from reaching the parliament building in Skopje on Sunday night, following the signing of an agreement calling for Greece’s northern neighbour to be renamed North Macedonia.
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Workers remove a sign with the former name of the highway leading to the Greek border, “Alexander of Macedonia”, newly renamed “Friendship Highway”, near Skopje. The government decided to change the name of the highway, along with the name of the Skopje airport, following the name dispute with Greece. Athens has long objected to Macedonia’s name, arguing it suggests Skopje has claims to the territory and heritage of Greece’s historic northern region of the same name. IMAGES