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Greece backs Macedonia's NATO accession, settles dispute

Feb. 8, 2019 3:39 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's parliament on Friday approved a measure for Macedonia to join NATO, ending a decades-old dispute watched closely by Western allies wary of Russian influence in the region. Lawmakers voted 153-140 to back the NATO protocol that must now also be approved by all other alliance...

AP Explains: Greek lawmakers vote on Macedonia name change

Jan. 24, 2019 7:43 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek lawmakers are voting late Thursday on a deal with neighboring Macedonia that aims to end a nearly three decade-long dispute that has kept the former Yugoslav republic out of NATO and the European Union. Greece, a member of both institutions, has blocked Macedonia's efforts to...

Greek PM survives confidence vote after coalition collapse

Jan. 16, 2019 4:51 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's left-wing prime minister narrowly won a confidence vote in parliament late Wednesday days after the governing coalition he leads collapsed over an agreement to end a long-running dispute over neighboring Macedonia's name. Lawmakers voted 151-148 on a motion called by Prime...

The Latest: Greek PM Tsipras survives confidence vote

Jan. 16, 2019 3:59 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the confidence vote in Greece (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Greece's left-wing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has narrowly won a confidence vote in parliament days after the governing coalition collapsed. Tsipras received the minimum 151 votes in Greece's 300-seat...

The Latest: US backs place in NATO, EU for renamed Macedonia

Jan. 13, 2019 11:19 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the deal between Greece and Macedonia to end a long dispute over the Macedonia name (all times local): 5:00 p.m. The United States has expressed support for Macedonia joining NATO and the European Union once a deal renaming the country North Macedonia goes into effect....

Greek PM Tsipras faces confidence vote after minister quits

Jan. 13, 2019 10:21 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Sunday he will ask for a vote of confidence in Parliament this week after the country's defense minister, who leads the coalition government's junior party, resigned over the Macedonia name deal. Panos Kammenos announced his resignation and...

Macedonian PM: Greece's turn to make history with name deal

Jan. 12, 2019 11:58 AM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's prime minister says he expects Greece's parliament to do its part and ratify the deal changing his country's name to North Macedonia so it can soon join NATO. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told reporters in the capital of Skopje on Saturday that he expects neighboring...

Greece, Germany put tension behind them in Merkel visit

Jan. 10, 2019 2:55 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Germany and Greece put years of tension over the painful Greek bailout program behind them Thursday, with Chancellor Angela praising the improvement of the country's finances during a heavily policed visit to Athens. Many Greeks blame Merkel for the austerity they suffered for much of...

Debate over renaming nation enters final days in Macedonia

Jan. 9, 2019 3:38 PM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian lawmakers entered the final stretch Wednesday of renaming their country North Macedonia, part of a deal with neighboring Greece that would smooth the small Balkan country's path to NATO membership in return. The agreement, reached in June after almost three decades of...