What Happened: Macedonia's government adopted a draft law on Oct. 8 for a constitutional reform officially changing the country's name in accordance with an agreement with Greece, Reuters reported.
Why It Matters: Macedonia's government is working to keep its agreement with Greece alive, but the ruling party is nine seats short of being able to pass a constitutional reform. If the government fails to reform the constitution, an early election could take place before 2019 and act as an unofficial referendum on changing the country's name.
Background: After years of controversial negotiations, Macedonia and Greece agreed that Macedonia would officially change its name to Republic of North Macedonia. Ending its dispute with Greece would accelerate Macedonia's path toward membership in NATO and the European Union.
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