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Macedonian government submits deal on new name to parliament

Jun. 18, 2018 1:29 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's government set in motion Monday the process of ratifying a pending agreement to change the country's name to "North Macedonia" in hopes of ending a bitter 27-year dispute with southern neighbor Greece. Macedonian government spokesman Mile Bosnjakovski said Prime...

Border lake backdrops sealing of Greece, Macedonia name deal

Jun. 17, 2018 5:03 PM EDT

PSARADES, Greece (AP) — The foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia endorsed an agreement to resolve a long fight over the Macedonia name Sunday during a signing ceremony filled with history and symbolism. The Greek village of Psarades, located on the shores of Great Prespa Lake, was picked for the...

Greek govt survives no-confidence vote over Macedonia deal

Jun. 16, 2018 5:50 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's left-led coalition government survived a no-confidence vote in parliament Saturday brought over a deal to end a decades-old dispute with neighboring Macedonia concerning the latter's name. But the government suffered a loss in its parliamentary majority after lawmaker...

Greek govt faces no-confidence vote on Macedonia name deal

Jun. 14, 2018 3:13 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The prime ministers of Greece and Macedonia faced political storms at home Thursday, two days after reaching a historic deal to settle a decades-old dispute over Macedonia's name. Greece's Alexis Tsipras faces a vote of no-confidence in his government by Saturday afternoon, while...

Macedonia name-change opponents rally forces in 2 countries

Jun. 13, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Macedonia's president said Wednesday that he would not sign off on a historic deal that would change the country's name, the most potentially disruptive reaction so far to the agreement with Greece that has received diverging reactions in both countries. President Gjorge Ivanov said...

The Latest: Greek PM predicts approval of Macedonia name

Jun. 13, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the name dispute between Greece and Macedonia (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Greece's prime minister says he expects no trouble in getting the proposed name change deal with Macedonia approved by the Greek parliament. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has also ruled out...

AP Explains: What the Greek-Macedonian name deal is about

Jun. 13, 2018 1:16 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — "What's in a name?" asks Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. "That which we call a rose, by any other word would smell as sweet." Not in the ethnically jumbled Balkans region of Europe, where centuries-old collective memories still stir strong feelings. For 27 years, Greece and...

The Latest: Head of UN hopes Macedonia deal will be a model

Jun. 12, 2018 5:48 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the long-running name dispute between Greece and neighboring Macedonia (all times local): 11:50 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is welcoming the agreement between Greece and Macedonia to end their longstanding dispute over the Macedonia name as "a...

Northern light: Macedonia makes name change deal with Greece

Jun. 12, 2018 5:37 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece and Macedonia reached an historic agreement Tuesday to end a bitter 27-year name dispute that had kept the smaller and younger country out of international institutions such as NATO, the two countries' prime ministers announced. Greece's Alexis Tsipras and Macedonia's Zoran...

Macedonia hopes for quick deal on name dispute with Greece

Jun. 11, 2018 5:59 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's prime minister is voicing hopes that he and his Greek counterpart can strike a deal Tuesday to settle a 27-year dispute over Macedonia's name, which has poisoned bilateral relations and hindered NATO expansion. Zoran Zaev spoke for an hour Monday with Greece's Alexis...