Magazine June 1, 2015, Issue

Homage to Macedonia

Shaky times in a gutsy Balkan state

Skopje, Macedonia – When you say “Macedonia,” you may have to clarify. Macedonia is both a region and a country. Regionally, it comprises parts of Greece and Bulgaria, and the whole of the country. That country, the Republic of Macedonia, is a former constituent of Yugoslavia.

The great hero in this part of the world is Alexander III of Macedon, a.k.a. Alexander the Great. He lived 2,300 years ago, but, to some people, it seems like yesterday.

Macedonia, the republic, is just north of Greece, and the size of Maryland. Its other neighbors are Bulgaria, Kosovo, Serbia, and Albania. A word to

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