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Macedonia to hold referendum on name change on September 30

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament on Monday set September 30 as the date for a referendum on changing the country's name to the Republic of North Macedonia, a high-stakes vote aimed at resolving a long-running row with Greece and clearing the path to join NATO an...

Macedonia to hold referendum on name change on September 30

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament on Monday set September 30 as the date for a referendum on changing the country's name to the Republic of North Macedonia, a high-stakes vote aimed at resolving the Balkan nation's long-running row with Greece and opening the doo...

EU deal to deploy border guards in Macedonia to curb migrants

Apo - The European Union said it struck a deal Wednesday with Macedonia to deploy border guards to the non-EU Balkan state to help cope with any migrant surges.

NATO invites Macedonia to start membership talks

Apo - NATO on Wednesday invited Macedonia to start talks to join the alliance after Skopje reached a deal with Greece in a long-running row over the country's name.

Greece acts against Russian diplomats in security breach over Macedonia row

Atenas - Greece has taken "the necessary measures to protect its national interest" after "interference" by Russian officials in the name dispute with the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, the government said on Wednesday.

Greeks reject Macedonia name deal in poll

Atenas - A majority of Greeks reject a disputed name deal that aims to end a long-running row with neighbouring Macedonia, a poll showed Sunday, with nearly half labelling it 'treason'.

EU to open Macedonia, Albania accession talks June 2019

Luxembourg - The European Union agreed Tuesday to open negotiations to join the bloc with Albania and the ex-Yugoslav republic of Macedonia starting in June next year, provided certain conditions are met.

Macedonia president refuses to sign Greece name deal

Skopje - Macedonia's president on Tuesday refused to sign a historic deal with Greece to rename his country the Republic of North Macedonia, after parliament ratified the accord.

New protest in Greece against Macedonia name deal

Thessalon - Some four thousand people protested Sunday in Thessaloniki, against a name deal between Greece and Macedonia, police said.The protesters, mainly from the far right, brandished banners reading "politicians traitors", an AFP journalist said.

Skopje sees Greece-Macedonia accord as 'breakthrough' for Balkans

Macedonia - An historic deal between Greece and Macedonia to rename the small Balkan state the Republic of North Macedonia is crucial for the whole volatile region, Skopje's foreign minister said on Sunday.

Greek Olympics star says Macedonia deal is 'betrayal'

Atenas - One of Greece's new crop of Olympics gold medalists, markswoman Anna Korakaki on Sunday blasted a name deal with neighbouring Macedonia as a sell-out and a "betrayal".

Greek protesters clash with police after Macedonia name deal

Tr - Greek protesters on Sunday clashed with riot police, who beat them back with tear gas after a historic Greek-Macedonian deal to end a 27-year name row.

Greece, Macedonia sign historic deal to end name row

Skopje - Greece and Macedonia on Sunday signed a historic preliminary agreement to rename the small Balkan nation the Republic of North Macedonia, ending a row that has poisoned relations between the two neighbours since 1991.

Scepticism as Greece, Macedonia prepare to ink name accord

Arvati - The small fishing village of Psarades is about to make history Sunday when the leaders of Greece and Macedonia meet to bury a 27-year-old name row, but many locals are seething.

Greece, Macedonia to sign historic deal to end name row

Atenas - One of the world's longest -- and arguably most arcane -- diplomatic disputes could move a step closer to being resolved on Sunday when the foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia sign a preliminary accord on the latter's name.

Greek govt defeats censure vote over Macedonia deal amid protests

Atenas - Greece's leftist-led government on Saturday shrugged off a censure vote amid protests against a landmark deal in the 27-year name row with Macedonia to be signed Sunday.

Greek govt faces censure vote, demos over Macedonia deal

Atenas - Greece's leftist-led government was to face a censure vote and protests on Saturday as it prepares to sign a provisional deal to end a 27-year name row with Macedonia.

Greek opposition calls censure vote to block Macedonia deal

Atenas - Greece's main opposition New Democracy party on Thursday called a censure vote against the government in a bid to block a name deal with Macedonia seen as "harmful" to Greek interests.

Political storm in Greece over proposed Macedonia deal

Atenas - A proposed deal to resolve a 27-year name row with Macedonia has kicked up a political storm in Greece, with the government under fire over a compromise the main opposition party has rejected as a "national retreat".

Scepticism in Greece and Macedonia over proposed name deal

Atenas - Greeks and Macedonians expressed scepticism on Wednesday over a proposed compromise deal to end a nearly three-decade name row between their countries which has blocked Skopje's bid to join the EU and NATO.

Greeks divided on proposed Macedonia name deal

Atenas - Greeks were divided Wednesday on a proposed compromise deal to end a nearly three-decade name row with Macedonia, with critics calling it a "national defeat" while others pointed out that obstacles remain.

Macedonia: a decades-long quarrel over a name

Paris - Macedonia, the name of the ex-Yugoslav republic since its independence in 1991, has poisoned relations between Athens and Skopje for nearly three decades.

Macedonia PM hails 'historic' deal with Greece to resolve name row

Atenas - Macedonia and Greece on Tuesday resolved a nearly three-decade row by agreeing to call it the Republic of North Macedonia, as Skopje hailed a "historic solution" to a dispute which had blocked its bid to join the EU and NATO.

Greece, Macedonia poised for breakthrough in name row

Atenas - Greece and Macedonia appeared poised to draw a line under a 27-year name dispute with their respective prime ministers expected to hold a key phone call on Tuesday.

After name row, Macedonia faces revising how to teach its history

Skopje - From piles of toys cluttering the attic of his family home in Skopje, Nikola Cvetoski eventually extracts the "Legend of Ancient Macedonia".

Thousands protest in Greece against Macedonia name deal

P - Thousands of Greeks protested Wednesday in main cities around the country against attempts to solve a festering 27-year name row with Macedonia, reportedly now close to a deal.

Thousands protest in Greece against Macedonia name deal

P - Thousands of Greeks protested Wednesday in main cities around the country against attempts to solve a festering 27-year name row with Macedonia, reportedly now close to a deal.

New Greek rallies announced in Macedonia name row

Atenas - Greeks opposed to a compromise solution to a long-running dispute over the name of neighbouring Macedonia will protest in cities across northern Greece next week, organisers said Thursday.

Macedonia's new name to be put to public vote: PM

Skopje - The new name chosen for Macedonia as part of a deal to end a bitter feud with neighbouring Greece will be put to a public vote, premier Zoran Zaev said Wednesday.

Greece, Macedonia name row talks in 'final stage': minister

Atenas - Talks to end a decades-old row between Greece and Macedonia over the name of the former Yugoslav republic are in "the final stage", the Macedonian foreign minister Nikola Dimitrov said Monday after negotiations in Brussels.
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