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Macedonia lawmakers green light process for name change

Oct. 19, 2018 5:52 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Lawmakers in Macedonia on Friday backed a landmark proposal to amend the constitution, allowing the country to change its name and join NATO. The session was delayed for more than 10 hours amid a heated confrontation. Parliament eventually voted in favor of the proposal — a...

Greek foreign minister resigns over Macedonia deal dispute

Oct. 17, 2018 12:53 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's foreign minister resigned Wednesday following a disagreement with the defense minister over the handling of a deal for Greece to drop its objections to neighboring Macedonia joining NATO if the small country's name is changed. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accepted Foreign...

Greek foreign minister resigns after disagreement over Macedonia name change deal; prime minister to take over ministry

Oct. 17, 2018 8:41 AM EDT
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek foreign minister resigns after disagreement over Macedonia name change deal; prime minister to take over ministry.

US 'disappointed' by Macedonia opposition party stance

Oct. 17, 2018 8:08 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The United States' assistant secretary of state has written to Macedonia's main opposition party leader expressing disappointment in the party's refusal to back a name changing deal with neighboring Greece in exchange for NATO membership. Wess Mitchell urged VMRO-DPMNE leader...

Macedonian lawmakers debate putting new name in constitution

Oct. 15, 2018 7:54 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's parliament started Monday to debate constitutional amendments that are part of an agreement with neighboring Greece to rename the country "North Macedonia," changes that would go a long way to ensuring the country can join NATO. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's left-led...

Macedonia: Debate on constitutional changes begins

Oct. 10, 2018 2:07 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A Macedonian parliamentary committee on Wednesday began debating constitutional amendments required under a deal with neighboring Greece to change the country's name to North Macedonia, in exchange for NATO membership. The move comes after a Sept. 30 referendum on the deal with...

Russian influence rising in Balkans, Baltics, Central Europe

Oct. 9, 2018 9:50 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A week before a crucial election, Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik traveled to Russia for a Formula One race — not because he's a big fan but for yet another meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Footage from the race in Sochi showed Putin wishing Dodik "great...

Macedonian government puts name deal before parliament

Oct. 8, 2018 1:42 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's government has asked parliament to start the procedure for amending the constitution to reflect a deal that would rename the nation North Macedonia in exchange for a path to NATO membership. Government spokesman Mile Boshnjakovski said the proposed changes include...

Macedonian ex-minister jailed over ex-premier's flashy car

Oct. 8, 2018 10:11 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A Macedonian criminal court has sentenced a former interior minister to six years in prison over the purchase of a luxury bulletproof car for the government. Ex-minister Gordana Jankuloska was found guilty Monday of abuse of power after the court found she unlawfully influenced...

Macedonia opposition leader urges PM to drop renaming deal

Oct. 7, 2018 5:56 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The leader of Macedonia's opposition has urged the left-wing government to call early elections and to give up on a deal that would change the country's name in exchange for the chance to fulfill its NATO ambitions. Hristijan Mickoski, head of the conservative VMRO-DPMNE party,...