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Name Issue: Greek PM Tsipras Survives No-confidence Motion

On Saturday, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras survived the no-confidence motion over the name agreement. Parliament rejected New Democracy’s initiative with a majority of 153 votes. The Greek PM said the name was good, adding that it was not true that he and FM Nikos Kotzias were traitors. In his view, it is actually New Democracy that creates new problems for ...

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President Ivanov not to Support and sign Name deal

“Today, the agreement reached between Zaev and Tsipras was submitted to me for insight for the first time. At the meeting with PM Zoran Zaev and FM Nikola Dimitrov, I told them this was a personal agreement of theirs, a personal decision of theirs and personal responsibility of theirs,” President Gjorge Ivanov said on Wednesday. According to him, the deal ...

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NATO Sec Gen: Membership Invitation to Arrive once Name deal is Finalised

In an interview with MIA, NATO Sec Gen Jens Stoltenberg, asked about the procedure in terms of how Macedonia will get an invitation at the Summit in July, says that the Alliance has already made a decision that Macedonia will be invited once the name issue is resolved. As he adds, that decision was made in Bucharest in 2008. Stoltenberg ...

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Name Deal: President Ivanov Leaves Meeting with PM Zaev and FM Dimitrov

The meeting over the name deal that PM Zoran Zaev and FM Nikola Dimitrov had with President Gjorge Ivanov on Wednesday morning over the name issue lasted just 2 minutes. Ivanov stopped and left the meeting, refusing to listen to their arguments. According to the government, Zaev and Dimitrov had a constructive attempt to present and discuss the content of ...

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Hahn: President Ivanov should Act Responsibly Regarding Name Issue

According to the EU’s Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, it’s improper for a president to refuse to talk with a PM, an FM in order to get first-hand information. “I think the PM and the FM were fully respecting the constitutional instructions and I can only call on the President urgently to assume responsibility. This ...

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Skopje and Athens to Most likely Publish Name Deal Simultaneously

The Macedonian and Greek governments will most likely publish the text of the agreement on the name at the same time, perhaps as early as Thursday. In the meantime, parts of the deal appeared in Greece’s media on Wednesday as a non-paper submitted by Greek governmental sources, which were dismissed in Skopje as interpretations not matching the items of the ...

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PM Zaev: Name issue Deal reached – name ‘Republic of North Macedonia’

A solution to the name issue has been reached, PM Zoran Zaev said at a press-conference on Tuesday. ‘The Republic of North Macedonia’ will be the new name for overall use that will be specified with a constitutional amendment, according to him. “Resolving the dispute with Greece, we are building friendship that has never been greater. We are building a ...

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Name issue Deal reached, Greek PM Tsipras tells President Pavlopoulos

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday that Athens and Skopje had reached a historic agreement over the name issue. “I have good news, a while ago we reached an agreement with the Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on an issue which has been on our minds for many years,” Tsipras told Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos ...

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Mogherini and Hahn congratulate Zaev and Tsipras on reaching Name deal

OK  “We wholeheartedly congratulate Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev for their determination and leadership in reaching this historic agreement between their countries, which contributes to the transformation of the entire region of South-East Europe. This achievement belongs to the leaders of the two countries and their teams, but first and foremost it belongs to all the citizens of ...

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NATO Sec Gen Stoltenberg describes Name agreement as Historic

“I warmly welcome the agreement reached between Prime Ministers Tsipras and Zaev on a solution to the name dispute between Athens and Skopje,” NATO Sec Gen Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday. He described the agreement as historic. “This historic agreement is testament to many years of patient diplomacy, and to the willingness of these two leaders to solve a dispute ...

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