Tag: Greece
Balkans 10:28

Tsipras nominates Greek President Pavlopoulos for a second term in office

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras proposed that President Prokopis Pavlopoulos is elected for a second term after his first term expires in 2020. Tsipras said that he believes that the President should be elected by consensus. Pavlopoulos comes from the conservative New Democracy party, but has cooperated...

Macedonia 11:22

New border crossing with Greece to open in the Prespa region

Working groups at technical level from the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece, as well as representatives of the European Union delegation, held Wednesday a meeting in Skopje to discuss the preparatory activities for opening a new border crossing in the Markova Noga area and the territory...

Macedonia 19:33

Greece officially notifies Macedonia that it ratified the NATO protocol, demands new steps in our name change

Greek officially notified Macedonia that the Greek Parliament ratified Macedonia’s NATO membership, as part of the treaty under which Macedonia should be renamed into North Macedonia. Under the treaty, Macedonia is supposed to publish the date when the treaty enters into force in its Official Gazette,...

Balkans 10:17

Athens to send Note Verbale to Skopje

Athens will send a Note Verbale to Skopje on Monday, informing that Greece has ratified the Prespa Agreement and the NATO Accession Protocol, says Alternate Foreign Minister Geirgios Katrougalos, MIA reports from Athens. Greece’s alternate foreign minister, in an interview with the state-run ANA-MPA,...

Macedonia 19:46

With NATO accession ratified, Greece expects Macedonia to inform all other countries that it’s using a new name now

Greek Deputy Foreign Minister George Katrougalos announced that on Monday Greece will officially inform Macedonia that the Greek Parliament has ratified Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol, and that Macedonia now has the obligation to inform the rest of the world that it will begin using the name...

Balkans 15:50

Greek Parliament set to vote on Macedonia’s NATO protocol

Greek lawmakers are set Friday to approve Macedonia’s NATO accession. Greek opposition parties reject the move, arguing that the name deal, which will end a 27-year dispute, concedes too much to Macedonia. But the left-led government in Athens controls enough seats in parliament to win the vote,...

Balkans 11:13

Greek Parliament begins procedure to ratify Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol

Greek Parliament begins deliberating the NATO accession protocol for Macedonia today. Under the Prespa agreement, it is now up to Greece to ratify the protocol, and with that to remove the veto it imposed on Macedonia’s NATO accession in 2008. The protocol, which the Greek Ambassador to NATO signed...

Balkans 20:26

Greek President Pavlopoulos threatens to block Albania’s EU accession

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos threatened Albania with blocking its accession to the European Union, if the Albanian authorities don’t immediately improve their treatment of the Greek minority in the south of the country. The threat comes just as Greece is expected to stop blocking Macedonia’s...

Macedonia 15:34

Greek Parliament to vote on Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol on Friday

The protocol for Macedonia’s accession to NATO will be submitted and will be reviewed by the Standing Committee on National Defence and Foreign Affairs of the Greek Parliament on Thursday. Greek lawmakers will debate the accession protocol in a plenary session on Friday, followed by a vote, Parliament...

Balkans 10:50

Mitsotakis wants Greek elections to be moved forward to May

Greek opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis called for early general elections to be held in May, ahead of the regular term in October. His conservative New Democracy has a solid lead ahead of the ruling socialist SYRIZA party, and Mitsotakis proposed that the general elections are moved forward and...

Sport 09:39

Macedonian futsal team beats Greece 5:3

The Macedonian futsal team beat Greece 5:3 in the opening qualifier for the FIFA World Cup in Skopje. Andov, Ziberi and Leveski put Macedonia ahead in the first half of the game, which ended 3:0. But Greece got back into the game early in the second half, with goals from Stavrokopoulos and two from Tarlas,...

Balkans 21:43

EUROACTIV: Greece to be first to open NATO doors for Macedonia

In a symbolic gesture, the Greek government will most probably be the first country to ratify North Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol, as it aims to do it by 8 February, sources close to the issue told EURACTIV.com. On 28 January, a NATO spokesperson said the date for signing the accession protocol ...

Macedonia 14:21

Bulgarian Government is the first to approve Macedonia’s accession to NATO

The Bulgarian Government accepted the Protocol for accession to NATO for Macedonia and instructed its Ambassador to NATO to sign it. According to the Government, Bulgaria is the first country to approve the signing of the Protocol, which will then be sent for ratification to the Parliament after all...

Balkans 11:11

Clashes erupt in Greece amid protests over Prespa deal

A protest against the Prespes Agreement in the Greek city of Thessaloniki resulted in chaos on Sunday, with clashes between demonstrators and police taking place outside Thessaloniki Concert Hall. Protesters confronted the police forces and blockaded roads, halting drivers and yelling “traitors”....

Macedonia 11:26

Speaker of Greek Parliament says that chant “Macedonia is one and it is Greek” is irredentist

Speaker of Greek Parliament Nikos Voutsis warned members of Parliament to stop using the common Greek nationalist expression that “Macedonia is one and it is Greek”. During the heated discussion in the Parliament, which is expected to end this evening with a vote on ratifying the Prespa Agreement,...

Balkans 14:57

Greece Parliament to vote on name deal ratification Thursday night

Greece’s Parliament will start debating the Prespa Agreement’s ratification on Wednesday at 10:00h local time ahead of a vote on the deal slated for Thursday evening, say sources of the Greek Parliament. This afternoon, the National Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee in the Greek Parliament...

Macedonia 13:50

UN envoy Nimetz calls on Greece to ratify the Macedonia name deal

Macedonia name issue negotiator Matthew Nimetz called on Greece to ratify the deal under which Macedonia would be renamed into North Macedonia. The Macedonian Parliament already ratified the deal, after a number of members of Parliament were threatened with criminal charges, and despite President Ivanov’s...

Macedonia 09:49

Mitsotakis condemns use of tear gas against protesters, will oppose the Macedonia name deal in Parliament

Greek opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis strongly condemned the use of force and tear gas against tens of thousands of protesters who gathered in Athens yesterday to rally against the Macedonia name deal pushed by the Alexis Tsipras Government. The Greek people spoke out today and we all must listen...

Balkans 12:07

Every Greek to get a copy of the Prespa Agreement

The Greek government will convince the Greeks that they have reached a good agreement with Macedonia so that every Greek will receive a copy of the Prespa Agreement and be able to analyze it in peace. Tsipras’ Government will print tens of thousands of copies of the agreement on normalizing relations...

Balkans 15:40

Posters with lawmakers’ names and photos appeared in Greece, with message saying “It’s you who will betray our Macedonia”

As Greek P.M. Alexis Tsipras seeks to extend his mandate through a confidence vote in parliament, some government lawmakers have been targeted for their stance on the Prespa agreement through a campaign of “naming and shaming”, Greek Reporter reports. Posters with lawmakers’ names and photos appeared...

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