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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...

The Latest: NATO, EU support Macedonia's vote to change name

Jan. 11, 2019 4:09 PM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on Macedonia's change of name (all times local): 10 p.m. The chief of NATO and the European Union's foreign policy chief have congratulated Macedonia for approving constitutional changes to rename itself North Macedonia under a deal with Greece. NATO head Jens...

Macedonian PM struggles to secure majority for name change

Jan. 10, 2019 1:28 PM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's prime minister was struggling Thursday to get the required number of lawmakers to finalize constitutional changes that will rename the country North Macedonia and allow its NATO accession under a deal with neighboring Greece. Zoran Zaev told reporters in Skopje that he...

Macedonia offers partial amnesty for storming of parliament

Dec. 18, 2018 1:37 PM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian lawmakers have approved a law offering amnesty to some suspected perpetrators of a violent storming of parliament last year, seeking to boost reconciliation in a deeply polarized society. All 95 lawmakers present in the 120-seat parliament Tuesday backed a draft amnesty...

Macedonian, Greek leaders see Nobel Peace Prize nomination

Dec. 18, 2018 10:57 AM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A former Nobel Peace Prize winner says the prime ministers of Macedonia and Greece will be nominated for the 2019 peace prize for their efforts to end a 27-year dispute over Macedonia's name. Tunisian businesswoman Wided Bouchamaoui, a joint winner of the 2015 prize, announced her...

Correction: Vatican-Bulgaria-Macedonia story

Dec. 17, 2018 6:23 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a story Dec. 13 about the pope's May travel schedule, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bulgaria is a former Soviet republic. During the Cold War, Bulgaria was one of the Soviet allies that formed the Warsaw Pact. A corrected version of the story is below: Pope to visit...

Macedonia pro-opposition rally staged against name deal

Nov. 28, 2018 4:00 PM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Several thousand supporters of Macedonia's conservative opposition have marched through the capital Skopje to protest a proposed agreement with Greece to change the country's name to North Macedonia. The conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, which governed between 2006 and 2016, renewed a...

Macedonia files new charges against fugitive ex-premier

Nov. 22, 2018 2:11 PM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A Macedonian special prosecutor has filed additional criminal charges against the country's former prime minister, who has fled to Hungary seeking political asylum. The charges brought Thursday against Nikola Gruevski are for alleged unlawful funding of his conservative VMRO-DPMNE...