Tag Archives: Greece

PM Zaev comments on Several topics

Regarding Article 36 of the Constitution, where the new name will not replace the current one in the document, to which there have been reactions from Greece, PM Zoran Zaev said on Thursday those were historical parts in the Constitution itself. “The Greek side understands that,” he pointed out. As regards Wednesday’s protest outside the Criminal Court and calls for ...

Read More »

Constitutional Committee Starts Debate on Draft Amendments

The Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Issues started on Wednesday the debate on the four draft amendments to the Constitution that will last a maximum of 12 days. PM Zoran Zaev presented the four draft amendments and said they were the price that Macedonia should pay for the Euro-integration process. According to him, the fact that they will apply once Greece ...

Read More »

New Democracy Dissatisfied with Macedonian Government’s Amendments

Greek opposition party New Democracy is dissatisfied with the Macedonian Government’s amendments. “PM Zoran Zaev’s proposal for the neighbouring country’s revision of the Constitution makes the already bad Prespa Agreement worse. It keeps Article 36, which not only maintains irredentism, but also encourages it. Also, it confirms Skopje’s insistence on existence of an alleged ‘Macedonian nation’. Though the Government claims ...

Read More »

Government Includes Eight MPs’ Demands in Draft Amendments

The Government has included the following demands by the eight MPs from the independent parliamentary group of VMRO-DPMNE and its coalition in the draft amendments: a guarantee for strengthening the Macedonian identity, a gradual change of the name for internal use and annulment of the constitutional changes if the name deal isn’t ratified by Greece. Friday saw the eight politicians ...

Read More »

Katrougalos: Prespa Agreement shall be Ratified in Greek Parliament

In an interview for newspaper “Real News”, the Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Giorgos Katrougalos says that the Greek Parliament shall ratify with no doubt the Prespa Agreement on the resolution of the name issue with Macedonia. “The voting in the Parliament in Skopje represents an especially positive development which proves that the Prespa Agreement holds on to ...

Read More »

Pavlopoulos: NATO, EU Integration only After Name Issue Resolution

During a speech at an event organised by the Commander of the Greek Army’s Third Corps Dimitrios Bikos, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos referred the name issue between Greece and Macedonia, and the recently signed Prespa Agreement. “We strive for cordial and good neighbourly ties and in practice, we have been demonstrating that we support membership into NATO and the EU, ...

Read More »

Skourletis: Majority in Greek Parliament Exists for Prespa Deal Ratification

The required parliamentary majority is in place for ratification of the Prespa Agreement but also for a government confidence vote, says SYRIZA secretary and former minister Panos Skourletis. In an interview with Greek TV station Alpha, Skourletis explains that the Prespa Agreement and the government’s survival are two issues that are not mutually related. “Everything points to the fact there ...

Read More »

NATO Sec Gen Welcomes Parliament Decision

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has welcomed the Parliament’s decision to initiate constitutional changes arising from the Prespa Agreement.  “I welcome the vote by parliament in Skopje on the proposed constitutional changes. It’s up to the government and political leaders to complete national procedures on the name agreement and seize this historic opportunity to bring the country into NATO,” tweeted Stoltenberg. ...

Read More »

Outgoing and Incoming Greek FMs Rejoice at Parliament Vote

Today is a day of joy for the incoming and the outgoing foreign minister of Greece following Friday’s outcome of the vote in the Macedonian Parliament over the initiative for constitutional revision. Despite the resignation, outgoing Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said they are happy, MIA reports from Athens. The handover of the post from Kotzias ...

Read More »

Tzanakopoulos: Government Committed to Prespa Deal

Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos in an interview with Greek national broadcaster ERT on Thursday said that Prespa Agreement is not only alive, but is also the government’s main political goal. He said that the political message of government session on Tuesday is that the Greek government is committed to Prespa Agreement. “I consider both Mr. Zaev and Mr. Tsipras ...

Read More »