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Greek FM Kotzias Describes Greece and Macedonia as Friends

The reactions to the latest developments related to the name issue in Greece continued in Greece. Greek FM Nikos Kotzias considers that a deal without compromise is reached only in a time of war. “We are not at war with the neighbouring country. We are friends. The ones that are now protesting in Greece are the ones that welcome the ...

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Interior Ministry Explains Situation During Sunday’s Protest

24 people involved in Sunday’s protest outside Parliament ended up in Skopje’s clinics without serious injuries. 12 people with breathing problems due to the tear gas were admitted to St. Naum of Ohrid University Clinic of Surgical Diseases. After the examination, they were released. Another 12 ended up in the Emergency Centre with lighter injuries. Only two had leg cuts ...

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Reactions to Events During Sunday’s Protest

SDSM said on Monday it condemned the violence that had occurred the previous day during the protests outside Parliament, the attacks on journalists, camera operators and police officers that had been trying to prevent people from storming Parliament. As the party added, though every person has a right to protest and express their stand, Sunday saw hate speech, calls for ...

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Bulgarian FM: Macedonia Deserves to be Given Clear European Perspective

Macedonia deserves to be given a clear European perspective, Bulgarian FM Ekaterina Zakharieva says in an interview with Bulgarian TV station NOVA. She expects the General Affairs Council to give a green light to Macedonia at the start of next week for a start of accession negotiations. According to Zakharieva, the topic of enlargement will be discussed at the Council ...

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Name Agreement Signed in Greek Village of Psarades

On Sunday, FM Nikola Dimitrov and his Greek counterpart, Nikos Kotzias, signed in the Greek village of Psarades the Final Agreement for the Settlement of the Differences as described in the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 817 (1993) and 845 (1993), the Termination of the Interim Accord of 1995 and the Establishment of a Strategic Partnership between the Parties. The ...

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Reactions to Signing of name Agreement

The signing of the name deal on Sunday resulted in numerous reactions. VMRO-DPMNE organised a protest march in Bitola, where the leader, Hristijan Mickoski, said his party would not support “this disgraceful act” and support no constitutional change. “The time will come when there will be responsibility for this capitulation that they have served the country,” Mickoski pointed out. According ...

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Political Reactions to Name Row Agreement in Macedonia Continue

“I strongly believe in the name agreement,” PM Zoran Zaev said following the government’s session on Thursday which had seen the deal with Athens unanimously adopted. As he added, with a clear and recognised identity for the Macedonian nation’s individuality, the issue is finally being closed, while the country’s future is being opened. The agreement has been declassified and available ...

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Commissioner Hahn once Again Underlines Name Deal’s Importance to Region

In an interview with Austrian newspaper standard, the EU’s Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, says that the name deal between Skopje and Athens is of importance to the whole region. According to him, the EU should deliver on the made promises. Hahn expects Macedonia to receive a green light for a start of the accession ...

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Name Issue: Golden Dawn MP calls for Military Coup in Greece

On Friday, the atmosphere during the Greek Parliament’s no-confidence vote over the name agreement reached a boiling point when Golden Dawn MP Konstantinos Barbarousis called on the military to arrest the country’s leaders for treason of national interests and called for them to be publicly liquidated in Prespa. “As the country’s political leadership is not legislating in the nation’s interests ...

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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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