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Macedonia must revise constitution before name deal: Greece

Atenas - A 27-year name row between Greece and Macedonia cannot be resolved without consitutional revision in the neighbouring country, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Saturday amid hopes for a June deal.

Macedonia says agrees 'acceptable' deal with Greece in name row

Sofia - Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Thursday he has agreed with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras on a solution to ending a long-running name row between the two neighbours.

Macedonia says agrees 'acceptable' deal with Greece in name row

Sofia - Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Thursday he has agreed with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras on a solution to ending a long-running name row between the neighbouring countries.

Mattis applauds Macedonia effort to solve name dispute

Washington - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday praised Macedonia's efforts to resolve a decades-old name dispute with Greece, and said he hoped the Balkan country will be able to join NATO.

Macedonia, Greece 'dedicated' to resolving name spat: UN

Vienna - Macedonia and Greece are "very dedicated" to resolving their long-running name spat, the UN mediator said Wednesday following talks between the two countries' foreign ministers in Vienna.

Macedonia getting closer to solving name row with Greece: PM Zaev

Skopje - Macedonia has never been closer to solving its 25-year name row with Greece, but even if it fails Skopje will continue to integrate with Europe, its premier says.

Five things to know about Macedonia

Skopje - A small landlocked country, Macedonia has for a quarter of the century been struggling to win recognition of its name over protests from neighbouring Greece. Here are five things to know about this impoverished state.

Macedonia: a decades-long quarrel over a name

Paris - The name chosen by the small European country of Macedonia at its independence 27 years ago has ever since been rejected by Greece, provoking an impassioned dispute.

UN mediator 'optimistic' on Macedonia name spat

Vienna - A UN mediator said Friday he was "optimistic about the future" after talks between the Greek and Macedonian foreign ministers aimed at solving their bitter, long-running dispute over the ex-Yugoslav republic's name.

Macedonia, Greece seek to settle name spat at last

Vienna - The Greek and Macedonian foreign ministers meet in Vienna on Friday for UN-mediated talks aimed at translating progress in their bitter dispute over the ex-Yugoslav republic's name into a deal.

Skopje, Athens seek 'honourable' solution to name row

Skopje - Macedonia and Greece were looking to resolve a long-running dispute over the former Yugoslav republic's name through an "honourable compromise", the two countries' foreign ministers said on Friday.

Macedonia adopts law to boost Albanian language status

Skopje - Macedonian parliament on Wednesday passed a law bolstering official use of the Albanian language in the Balkan country, despite protests from the rightwing opposition who argue the move will endanger national unity.

Macedonia commemorates deportation of thousands of Jews

Skopje - Hundreds of people marched in Macedonia on Monday, alongside the Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and other dignitaries, to mark the 75th anniversary of a massive deportation of Jews in World War II.

Thousands of Macedonians protest name change

Skopje - Several thousand Macedonians took to the streets in capital Skopje on Tuesday to protest against a possible change of their country's name, as required by Greece to end a long-running row.

EU 'confident' Macedonia name row settled by July

Sofia - The European Union is "very confident" Macedonia will settle a long-running row with Greece over its name before July, a senior official from the bloc said Friday.

Athens, Skopje mayors call for deal on Macedonia name row

Atenas - The mayors of Greece and Macedonia's capitals met in Athens on Friday to call for a bilateral settlement to end a long-running row over Macedonia's name.

Macedonia ready for concession in name row

Skopje - Macedonia, is ready to make a concession over its name by adding an extra geographic designation, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Tuesday, in a bid to end a long-running row with Greece.

Greek resistance icon Theodorakis demands vote on Macedonia deal

Atenas - Greece's greatest living composer and resistance icon Mikis Theodorakis on Sunday called for a referendum to be held on any government deal aimed at solving a long-running name row with Macedonia.

Thousands of Greeks protest against Macedonia name compromise

Atenas - Tens of thousands of Greeks staged a mass rally in Athens on Sunday, urging the government not to compromise in a festering name row with neighbouring Macedonia.Organisers claimed some 1.

Greek demo on Macedonia will be 'majestic': organisers

Atenas - Hundreds of thousands of Greeks are expected to join an Athens rally on Sunday to urge the government not to compromise in the festering name row with neighbouring Macedonia, organisers said.

Million predicted in Greek demo over Macedonia name row

Atenas - A million people could take to the streets in Athens on Sunday in a mass demonstration over Greek attempts to resolve a longstanding name row with Macedonia, organisers say.

Athens wants 'untranslatable' name for Macedonia

Atenas - Greece said on Tuesday it wanted Macedonia to adopt an "untranslatable" name in order to settle a long-running dispute between the two countries, as a UN envoy said the time was right for a solution.

Athens wants 'untranslatable' name for Macedonia

Atenas - Greece said on Tuesday it wanted Macedonia to adopt an "untranslatable" name in order to settle a long-running dispute between the two countries.

When Greeks were less fond of Alexander the Great

Atenas - To modern Greeks, Alexander the Great is an integral part of their rich heritage -- one of history's greatest conquerors who toppled the hated Persian Empire and took Greek culture as far as Egypt and India.

Greek PM says will 'intensify' efforts to solve Macedonia name row

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday said he would "intensify" efforts to solve a 27-year name row with neighbouring Macedonia, after a "positive" meeting with Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev.

Macedonia to rename airport in step to end name row with Greece

Davos - Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Wednesday that his country would rename Skopje's Alexander the Great airport to show its "strong commitment" to ending a long-running row with Greece over the use of the name Macedonia.

Macedonia to rename airport in step to end name row with Greece

Davos - Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Wednesday that his country would rename Skopje's Alexander the Great airport to show its "strong commitment" to ending a long-running row with Greece over the use of the name Macedonia.

Greek, Macedonian PMs to meet after name row rally

Atenas - Athens said Monday it will hold talks with Skopje this week amid a renewed UN-backed push to solve a name row that has poisoned relations between the neighbours and sparked protests in Greece.

Tens of thousands join Greek protest over Macedonia name row

Thessalon - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of northern Greece's biggest city Thessaloniki on Sunday, police said, in a long-running row between Athens and Skopje over the use of the name Macedonia.

Greek hardliners seek to block any deal in the name dispute

Thessalon - Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of northern Greece's biggest city Thessaloniki on Sunday as hardliners seek to block any deal in the long-running name dispute between Athens and Skopje that contains the term Macedonia.
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A map showing the Greek province of Macedonia and and the neighbouring country of the same name
A map showing the Greek province of Macedonia and and the neighbouring country of the same name
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Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp  crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp, crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp  crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp, crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.