Division in Independent Greeks over Name Deal

Cracks appeared on Tuesday within junior coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL) over the Macedonia name deal after one of its lawmakers differentiated his stance from that of party leader Panos Kammenos.  The ANEL leader said on Monday that if the deal signed between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) is brought to Parliament it could spell the end of his party’s coalition with SYRIZA. However, speaking to Focus FM radio in Thessaloniki on Tuesday, ANEL MP Thanasis Papachristopoulos begged to differ. “I disagree with what Kammenos said about bringing down the government,” he said, adding that he feels “outside ANEL” due to his disagreement with its stance on the name deal which he said will benefit northern Greece and promote growth. With regard to speculation that he is on the verge of transferring his political allegiance from ANEL to SYRIZA, he said he has not spoken to anyone from the leftist party.