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World Greek govt faces no-confidence vote on Macedonia name deal

19:25  14 june  2018
19:25  14 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

"We have a deal", Greek PM says over Macedonian name row

  Greece and Macedonia have reached a historic accord to resolve a decades-old dispute over the name of the tiny Balkan nation, the Greek prime minister said."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 during a televised meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

The deal will open the way for Skopje’s eventual membership of NATO and the European Union, long blocked by Greece , which says use of the name “ Macedonia ” implies a territorial claim on a Deputy Foreign Minister George Katrougkalos challenged the conservatives to submit a vote of no - confidence .

and the junior partner in Greece ’s coalition, the right wing Independent Greeks party, has said it does not back any deal that gives away the name Macedonia . “If they believe this (that the government does not have the legitimacy), they have the means to question it with a no - confidence motion.

New Democracy party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis addresses lawmakers during a parliamentary session where he submitted a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Athens, on Thursday, June 14, 2018. The head of Greece's main opposition party submitted a motion for a no-confidence vote in the government, objecting to a deal reached between the prime ministers of Greece and Macedonia to settle a decades-old dispute over Macedonia's name. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris): New Democracy party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis submitted a motion of no confidence against Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Athens, on Thursday, June 14, 2018. © The Associated Press New Democracy party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis submitted a motion of no confidence against Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Athens, on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

ATHENS, Greece — The prime ministers of Greece and Macedonia faced political storms at home Thursday, two days after reaching a historic deal to settle a decades-old dispute over Macedonia's name.

Greece's Alexis Tsipras faces a vote of no-confidence in his government, while Macedonia's Zoran Zaev is contending with the refusal of the country's president to sign off on the deal if it's approved by parliament.

Greek protesters clash with police after Macedonia name deal

  Greek protesters clash with police after Macedonia name deal Greek protesters on Sunday clashed with riot police, who beat them back with tear gas after a historic Greek-Macedonian deal to terminate a 27-year name row. The demonstrators, waving Greek flags, had tried to approach the signature ceremony on the banks of Lake Prespa.But they were surrounded by police near the small village of Pisoderi, some kilometres (miles) away from the ceremony.One detachment of riot police blocked the rural road leading to the lake, while others on mountain slopes threw stun grenades and tear gas at the crowd.The authorities said some 500 people took part in the protest.

The deal will open the way for Skopje’s eventual membership of NATO and the European Union, long blocked by Greece , which says use of the name “ Macedonia ” implies a territorial claim on a Deputy Foreign Minister George Katrougkalos challenged the conservatives to submit a vote of no - confidence .

* Greece , Macedonia reach compromise deal in name dispute. Deputy Foreign Minister George Katrougkalos challenged the conservatives to submit a vote of no - confidence .

Zaev and Tsipras have agreed that the former Yugoslav republic should be renamed North Macedonia, ending a disagreement that had prevented it from joining international institutions such as NATO and had poisoned bilateral relations since the early 1990s.

But the dispute has roused strong nationalist sentiment in both countries. Critics on both sides of the border were furious, accusing their respective prime ministers of conceding too much.

Greece has long demanded that its northern neighbor change its name, saying the term "Macedonia" implies territorial claims on its own northern province of the same name, birthplace of the ancient warrior king Alexander the Great, and usurps ancient Greek heritage and history.

Greek PM survives no-confidence vote in parliament

  Greek PM survives no-confidence vote in parliament <p>Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras survived a no-confidence motion in parliament on Saturday, setting the stage for the signing of a historic accord with neighbouring Macedonia to settle a long dispute over the latter's name.</p>The motion brought by the opposition New Democracy party was rejected by 153 MPs, with 127 in favour. Political opponents had accused Tsipras of making too many concessions over the deal, due to be signed on Sunday.

The deal will open the way for Skopje’s eventual membership of NATO and the European Union, long blocked by Greece , which says use of the name “ Macedonia ” implies a territorial claim on a Deputy Foreign Minister George Katrougkalos challenged the conservatives to submit a vote of no - confidence .

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras may face a no confidence vote in parliament over his decision to finally sign on a deal that allowed neighboring Macedonia to keep its name , which is identical to a northern province in Greece .

Opponents in Greece object to any use of the term "Macedonia" in their northern neighbor's name.

Critics in Macedonia, meanwhile, see any modification of the country's name as a threat to their national identity.

In Athens, Tsipras faced a direct challenge to his left-led coalition government's survival after main opposition New Democracy submitted a motion later Thursday for a no-confidence vote.

"I have an obligation before the Greek people to try to avert the mortgaging of our country's future with an agreement that is detrimental to our national interests," New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said.

Tsipras has a four-seat majority in the 300-member parliament, but the name deal has led to a rift within the government itself. The stance of Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, who heads the coalition's junior partner, the right-wing Independent Greeks party, will be crucial.

Greeks divided on proposed Macedonia name deal

  Greeks divided on proposed Macedonia name deal Greeks were divided Wednesday on a proposed compromise deal to end a nearly three-decade name row with Macedonia, with some questioning its benefits and others pointing out that obstacles remain. The leaders of the two countries said Tuesday that they had reached a "historic" solution to resolve the dispute and call the northern nation the Republic of North Macedonia after months of intensive diplomacy."A mutually beneficial deal creates a safe environment on our northern border.

Greek unions march in Athens against prior actions bill. Mitsotakis announces no - confidence motion over Athens-Skopje name deal . North Macedonia : gains, losses, and a precedent. FYROM president says he will not sign name deal with Greece .

The accord requires ratification by both countries' parliaments, and the junior partner in Greece 's coalition, the right wing Independent Greeks party, has said it does not back any deal that gives away the name Macedonia . NO - CONFIDENCE MOTION?

Kammenos said before the deal was announced that he would oppose the agreement in a parliamentary vote, which would leave Tsipras dependent on support from political opponents to ratify it in parliament. It is unclear, however, whether his objections to the Macedonia name deal would lead him to bring down the government by voting against Tsipras.

Protestors light torches, demonstrating against the change of the country's constitutional name in front of the Parliament building in Skopje, Macedonia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. A historic deal ending a decades-long dispute between neighbors Greece and Macedonia over the latter's name met with mixed reactions in both countries Wednesday, with some welcoming the agreement and others horrified at what they see as unacceptable concessions. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski): Protesters light torches, demonstrating against the change of the country's constitutional name in front of the Parliament building in Skopje, Macedonia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018.  © The Associated Press Protesters light torches, demonstrating against the change of the country's constitutional name in front of the Parliament building in Skopje, Macedonia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018.  Tsipras has said he does not expect that to happen.

The debate on the motion began on Thursday evening, and a vote is expected by Saturday afternoon at the latest.

Meanwhile in Macedonia, Zaev was faced with a refusal by the country's president, Gjorge Ivanov, to sign off on the deal if it's ratified by parliament. Such a refusal would delay the implementation of the deal, which is expected to be signed this weekend.

If the president refuses to sign, the deal would return to parliament for another vote. Ivanov would have to sign off on the agreement if it is passed a second time.

Greece reaches deal with Macedonia to end name dispute

  Greece reaches deal with Macedonia to end name dispute <p>The prime minister of Greece said his country had reached an agreement with the country's northern neighbor to end a 27-year dispute.</p>Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in remarks broadcast by state television that a deal had been reached that would give Macedonia a different name that would be used both domestically and internationally.

Greeks were divided Wednesday on a proposed compromise deal to end a nearly three-decade name row with Macedonia , with some However both governments have faced internal criticism over of the compromise, with the countries' main opposition parties saying they will not support it.

The accord requires ratification by both countries’ parliaments, and the junior partner in Greece ’s coalition, the right wing Independent Greeks party, has said it does not back any deal that gives away the name Macedonia . NO - CONFIDENCE MOTION?

"We are Macedonians and we are here just to maintain and preserve what our ancestors left us," Ivanov said during a visit to neighboring Bulgaria on Thursday. "I swore to preserve the Constitution of Macedonia and that is my obligation."

But the visit was overshadowed by the deal with Greece. Bulgaria's prime minister and foreign minister refused to hold meetings with Ivanov because of his opposition to the name deal.

And Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said after talks with Ivanov that, in the light of the deal with Greece, Bulgaria should seek to revise aspects of the friendship pact it signed with Macedonia last year.

Up to 1,500 people held a peaceful protest against the deal outside parliament in the Macedonian capital of Skopje late Wednesday, chanting "Traitors!" and blowing whistles. Greek opponents of the deal planned a protest in Athens on Friday, when Tsipras had been due to brief parliament on the name deal.

Jasmina Mironski in Skopje, Macedonia, and Nicholas Paphitis in Athens contributed.


North Macedonia Name Deal Hits Hurdles Right Out of the Gate .
Detractors in both countries mounted opposition to the accord. By agreeing to call the Balkan state of 2 million people "the Republic of North Macedonia," Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras are seeking to unlock that country’s accession process to both the European Union and NATO. But they must find support at home in political environments that underscore a path fraught with obstacles.Macedonia’s President Gjorge Ivanov, who has veto power over legislation, denounced the agreement, saying it violated the constitution and hurt his country’s national interests.

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