Tag Archives: Greece

Greek FM Kotzias: We Cannot Change Universal Right to Self-Determination

We cannot change the universal right the neighbours to be called Macedonians, at an individual or unofficial level, but we can call them however we want, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Sunday in an interview with Greek news agency ANA-MPA. He explained that when talking about at an individual level, “only a totalitarian state and a state with ...

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40 EU and US Intellectuals support Name Agreement

More than 40 intellectuals from Europe and the United States in an open letter published in the British daily newspaper The Guardian are seeking the historic agreement of 17 June signed between Macedonia and Greece, which ends the name dispute, to be implemented. In the letter signed by university professors from London, California’s Berkeley, Bologna, New York, Warsaw, Cambridge, members ...

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Greek Opposition Leader to Respect Name Deal if Ratified in Parliament

Leader of Greek opposition New Democracy Kyriakos Mitsotakis assesses that the referendum in Macedonia will be successful, but emphasises that the recognition of the Macedonian nationality and Macedonian language in the Prespa agreement is unacceptable. In an interview with Süddeutsche Zeitung, the opposition leader reiterates his discontentment with the agreement, but noted to abide by it if ratified in the ...

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Genimata Opposes Name Deal

The Greek government has made dangerous concessions over the language and the nationality, thus opening new issues instead of closing old ones. The agreement is unacceptable for us, says Movement for Change leader Fofi Gennimata. According to her, the party wants instead a sustainable agreement with the neighboring country, an agreement eliminating any type of irredentism and future nationalistic aspirations. ...

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Mickoski Leaves Leaders’ Meeting; Possible Referendum Question Presented

‘Are you in favour of EU and NATO membership by accepting the Agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece’ is the possible referendum question as stated by PM Zoran Zaev following the leaders meeting held in the MPs Club.At the meeting which lasted for more than four hours the leaders of parliamentary parties with more than ...

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Russian MoFA Spokesperson on Name Deal and Allegations

The name agreement between Macedonia and Greece is not based on wide consensus, claims Maria Zakharova, spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry. She wrote on Twitter that the deal has been causing rift both in Macedonia and in Greece, instead of unity. “A name solution should rely on a wide social consensus and impeccable constitutional basis. The Prespa Agreement offers ...

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FM Dimitrov Interview with Al Jazeera Balkans

In an interview with Al Jazeera Balkans, Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said that the referendum will be successful and that the citizens will approve the agreement reached with Greece. “If there is just one vote more which is against, we are absolutely ready to raise our hands and say this is not the right path. Before big historical dilemmas, citizens ...

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US Official Marocco Meets Coordinator for Prevention of Violent Extremism

Pete Marocco, US Deputy Assistant Secretary and Senior Official for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO), had a meeting Tuesday with Macedonia’s National Coordinator for prevention of violent extremism and fight against terrorism and his deputies, Borce Petrevski, Xheladin Ajvazi and Zlatko Apostolovski respectively.  The talks were focused on initiatives for preventing violent extremism and efforts to strengthen ...

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New Democracy’s Bakoyiannis on ‘Macedonians’ and ‘Macedonian’ Language

Greek opposition New Democracy feels FM Kotzias has committed a mistake in allowing for the nationality ‘Macedonian’ and the ‘Macedonian’ language. Former FM Dora Bakoyiannis in a statement with Radio 24/7 said the nationality item could be ‘citizens of…’ instead of ‘Macedonians’. “All in New Democracy agrees that it was a big mistake by Mr Kotzias to grant the nationality ...

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Greek Government Spokesperson Assures Parliament will Ratify Name Deal

It is obvious that the name agreement will pass in the Greek parliament, otherwise we would not have signed it, says government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos. In an interview with Greek radio Real FM, Tzanakopoulos explains that the government wants a larger majority “for this important agreement, which closes a 25-year-long issue in the best possible way”. “Independent Greeks have filed ...

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