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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.

Greek hardliners plan mass protest over Macedonia name row

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.

Name row pits Macedonia between patriotism and pragmatism

Skopje - When Macedonia declared independence in 1991, the new country chose a name that evoked the past glories of its most famous claimed son, Alexander the Great.

In Greece, nationalists seek momentum amid Macedonia talks

Atenas - A quarter of a century after Greece saw an unprecedented million-strong march in its name row with Macedonia, nationalists are trying to whip up similar sentiment amid a new push to solve the festering issue.

NATO chief urges Macedonia to solve name row with Greece

Skopje - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg urged Macedonia on Thursday to keep up newfound momentum towards solving a 27-year-old dispute with Greece over its name, a key condition for joining the alliance.

Macedonian President vetoes law boosting Albanian language

Skopje - Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov vetoed Wednesday a law giving greater status to the Albanian language in the Balkan country, saying it could endanger its "unity and sovereignty".

UN envoy 'very hopeful' about solving Macedonia name dispute

New York - A UN envoy declared Wednesday he was "very hopeful" that a solution was within reach to end a 27-year dispute between Greece and Macedonia over the former Yugoslav republic's name.

UN envoy 'very hopeful' about solving Macedonia name dispute

New York - UN envoy Matthew Nimetz said Wednesday he was "very hopeful" that a solution was within reach to end a 27-year dispute between Greece and Macedonia over the former Yugoslav republic's name.

Greece, Macedonia in new UN bid to solve name dispute

New York - Greece and Macedonia returned to the United Nations on Wednesday hoping to reach a compromise that could end a 27-year dispute over the former Yugoslav republic's name.

Macedonia: the decades-long quarrel over its name

Paris - The name chosen by the small eastern European country of Macedonia at its independence 27 years ago has been steadfastly rejected by its neighbour Greece.

Greek PM asks church for restraint in Macedonia name row

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday requested restraint from the country's influential Orthodox church amid renewed efforts to resolve a 27-year name row with neighbouring Macedonia.

Macedonia boosts Albanian language status

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament on Thursday adopted a law giving greater status to the Albanian language in the Balkan country, a move that the rightwing opposition claims will endanger national unity.

Macedonia PM sees solution to Greece name dispute by July

Atenas - Macedonia and Greece have a real chance to solve a festering quarter-century-old name dispute by July, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Sunday.

Trial begins of Macedonia's ex-PM Gruevski on corruption charges

Skopje - Macedonia's ex-prime minister Nikola Gruevski, whose powerful decade-long reign ended last year over a corruption and wiretapping scandal, went on trial Monday on corruption charges."This is clearly a biased trial," Gruevski said as he left court.

Macedonia ex-strongman Gruevski quits opposition party

Skopje - Macedonia's ex-prime minister Nikola Gruevski, whose powerful decade-long reign ended last year because of a corruption scandal, has quit as conservative opposition leader, his party said Monday.
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