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Greek PM calls for TV debate on Macedonia deal

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday called for a televised debate on a planned name deal with Macedonia that has met with widespread opposition in the country.

Greek MPs open debate on Tsipras confidence vote

Atenas - Greece's parliament on Tuesday began a two-day debate on a confidence vote called by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras after his coalition collapsed in a row over a planned name change deal with Macedonia.

Greek PM calls confidence vote after minister quits over Macedonia deal

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras on Sunday called for an "immediate" confidence vote in parliament over the resignation of a top minister, after his coalition government collapsed in a row over a name change deal with Macedonia.

Greek PM calls confidence vote after minister quits over Macedonia deal

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras Sunday called an "immediate" no-confidence vote in parliament over the resignation of a top minister opposed to the country's name change deal with Macedonia.

Greek defence minister announces resignation ahead of Macedonia vote

Atenas - Greece's defence minister, who is head of the main coalition partner of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, announced his resignation on Sunday ahead of an upcoming parliamentary vote to end a 27-year name dispute with Macedonia.

Probe ordered into alleged threats against Greek MPs over Macedonia vote

Atenas - A Greek prosecutor on Saturday ordered an investigation into allegations of threats against lawmakers over an upcoming parliamentary vote to end a 27-year dispute with Macedonia, a judicial source said.

Macedonia PM urges Greek lawmakers to ratify name deal

Skopje - Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Saturday called on Greece to end the two nations' decades-long dispute by ratifying the deal to rename his country The Republic of North Macedonia. Macedonian lawmakers approved the agreement late Friday.

Macedonia PM urges Greek MPs to ratify name deal

Skopje - Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Saturday called on Greece to end their nations' decades-long dispute by ratifying the deal to rename his country "The Republic of North Macedonia".

MPs agree historic name change for Macedonia

Skopje - Macedonian politicians voted on Friday to change the country's name to "Republic of North Macedonia", settling a decades-long row with Greece and paving the way for NATO and EU membership.

Macedonia: a decades-long quarrel over a name

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament voted on Friday constitutional changes adopting the new name "Republic of North Macedonia" to end a row that has long poisoned relations with neighbouring Greece.

Macedonia kicks off fraught name change debate

Skopje - Macedonian lawmakers on Wednesday began debating a motion to change their country's name, to settle a decades-long dispute with Greece and open the way to NATO and EU membership.

Macedonia starts crunch debate on controversial name change

Skopje - Macedonian lawmakers gather from Wednesday to vote on changing their country's name to settle a decades-long dispute with Greece and open the way to NATO and EU membership.

Tunisian winner nominates Macedonian, Greek PMs for Nobel peace prize

Skopje - A Tunisian Nobel Peace Prize winner on Tuesday nominated Macedonia and Greece's premiers for the award for the landmark name-deal they struck earlier this year which still faces several major hurdles before it can be finalised.

In the Balkans, winter cheer is darkened by a toxic smog

Sarajevo - Winter is here and coal is burning, enveloping the Balkans in a toxic smog and turning its cities into some of the most polluted on the planet.

Macedonia moves closer towards name change

Skopje - Macedonia's lawmakers moved closer on Sunday to rename the country and remove a key hurdle on the road to breaking a decades-long stalemate with Greece.

Schoolchildren hold rival protests in Greece over Macedonia deal

Atenas - Hundreds of schoolchildren took part in rival protests in Greece on Thursday over the country's name deal with Macedonia aimed at ending a three-decade dispute but which has sparked controversy.

Thousands rally against Macedonia's government

Skopje - Several thousand protesters from Macedonia's right-wing opposition marched through the capital Skopje Wednesday in a protest against Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who is pushing through a deal to change the country's name.

Fugitive ex-Macedonian PM hit with new criminal cases

Skopje - Macedonia prosecutors filed two new indictments Thursday against fugitive former premier Nikola Gruevski, who said this week he was granted asylum in Hungary after fleeing a two-year jail sentence in his homeland.

Fugitive ex-Macedonian PM hit with new criminal cases

Skopje - Macedonia prosecutors filed two new indictments Thursday against fugitive former premier Nikola Gruevski, who said this week he was granted asylum in Hungary after fleeing a two-year jail sentence in his homeland.

Hungary grants asylum to former Macedonia PM: report

Budapest - Hungary has granted asylum to former Macedonian premier Nikola Gruevski who fled to Budapest after being sentenced to jail for abuse of power, a newspaper close to Viktor Orban's government said Tuesday.

Macedonia summons Hungarian ambassador over ex-PM's escape

Skopje - Macedonia summoned Hungary's ambassador on Tuesday to deliver a "protest note" over ex-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's escape to Budapest to avoid prison time, the foreign ministry said.

Macedonian ex-PM fled in Hungarian diplomatic car: Albanian police

Tirana - Former Macedonian prime minister Nikola Gruevski, who fled the country to avoid prison, used a Hungarian diplomatic vehicle to escape through Albania, police in Tirana said Thursday after Budapest formally denied any involvement.

Hungary to consider asylum request from fugitive Macedonia ex-PM

Budapest - Hungary confirmed Wednesday that it had received a request for political asylum from fugitive former Macedonia prime minister Nikola Gruevski, in a case that could prove a diplomatic headache for Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Hungary confirms asylum request from fugitive former Macedonian PM

Budapest - Hungary confirmed Wednesday that it has received a request for political asylum from fugitive former Macedonia prime minister Nikola Gruevski, a day after he said on Facebook that he had fled a prison sentence for abuse of power.

Wanted Macedonian leader says seeking asylum in Hungary

Skopje - Macedonia's former prime minister Nikola Gruevski, who has been sentenced to jail for abuse of power, said Tuesday he was in Hungary where he has requested political asylum.

Macedonian court issues arrest warrant for ex-PM Gruevski

Skopje - A Macedonian court on Monday issued an arrest warrant for the country's former prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, after he failed to turn himself in following a corruption conviction.

Macedonia MPs vote to start name change process

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament on Friday voted to start the process of renaming the country North Macedonia, a major step towards ending a decades-long stalemate with Greece and opening a door to NATO and the EU.

Greek PM urges Macedonia to ratify name deal after FM resigns

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday urged Macedonian lawmakers to ratify the two countries' landmark name deal after a cabinet spat in Athens prompted the shock resignation of his foreign minister.

Macedonia parliament finishes first day of debate on name change

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament finished its first day of a debate on Monday without reaching a decision on whether to approve a deal to change the country's name, pushing talks aimed at settling a long-running row with Greece into a second day.

Macedonia lawmakers to vote on name change deal with Greece

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament will vote Monday on whether to ratify a deal to change the country's name, in a bid to finally settle one of Europe's longest running disputes.
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Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp, crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.

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