"I feel as a citizen of Skopje, my born city, but I belong to the world", Mother Teresa answered at her last visit to Skopje in 1980, when asked if she was Albanian, Macedonian, Vlach, Serb or some other nationality.
Since post-1991, Greece has opposed the country’s constitutional name, fearing territorial claims and referring to the ancient Greek region of ‘Makedonía’. While the dispute in this matter continues, Macedonia can be named as an example of how the EU is perfectly capable of achieving success in foreign affairs: In 2001, it managed to bring the conflicting parties to sit down at the negotiating table. This resulted in the ‘Ohrid Agreement’ between the two biggest Slav and Albanian parties in Macedonia. It guaranteed more rights for Albanians and improved the status of the Albanian language.
Macedonian, Albanian, Turkish, Serbian, Vlach and Roma are the common languages spoken in the country.
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