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EU members to discuss Macedonia membership this month

Apo - European Union member states will discuss North Macedonia's bid to join their ranks at talks in Luxembourg later this month, EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Tuesday.

UN notified of name change to North Macedonia

New York - The United Nations confirmed on Wednesday that it has been officially informed by the Macedonian government that the country's new name is North Macedonia.

UN notified of name change to North Macedonia

New York - The United Nations confirmed on Wednesday that it has been officially informed by the Macedonian government that the country's new name is North Macedonia.

Greece backs Macedonia's NATO bid, completing name deal

Atenas - Greek lawmakers on Friday approved Macedonia's NATO accession bid, putting the final touches on a historic deal to end a 27-year name row between the two countries.A majority of 153 lawmakers supported the legislation, while 140 voted against.

Macedonia takes major step on road to NATO membership

Apo - Macedonia moved a step closer to NATO membership on Wednesday, signing accession papers after resolving a long-running name row with Greece.

Ex-Macedonian PM says death threat forced him to flee

Skopje - Macedonia's fugitive former premier Nikola Gruevski said Saturday he fled to Hungary despite being sentenced for abuse of power after he received a threat that he would be killed in jail.

Hospitals filling up in Europe's most polluted capital

Skopje - Children are missing school and hospitals are running out of beds as a noxious smog smothers Skopje, earning the small Macedonian city the grim distinction of being Europe's most polluted capital.

Greek MPs approve Macedonia name change in 'historic' deal

Atenas - The Greek parliament on Friday narrowly ratified a landmark deal to rename neighbouring Macedonia, ending one of the world's longest diplomatic disputes and earning rich praise for the "historic" move.

Macedonia name change deal: From pastries to passports

Atenas - From statue plaques to school books and trade agreements, the proof of a historic deal between Greece and Macedonia to change the latter's name -- a process that needs to be ratified by Greek parliament Friday -- lies in the small print.

Greek vote on Macedonia name change postponed to Friday

Atenas - Greece's parliament on Thursday postponed for a historic vote on a deal to change the name of neighbouring Macedonia, as protesters rallied against the agreement.

Greek lawmakers to vote on Macedonia name change

Atenas - Greek lawmakers are expected to vote Thursday on a deal to change the name of neighbouring Macedonia and end one of the world's longest diplomatic disputes.

'History on our side,' Macedonia FM says of name change

Skopje - Supporters of Macedonia's name-change deal with Greece are "on the right side of history" and their critics will eventually agree, Macedonia's foreign minister told AFP as the accord approaches the final step of ratification.

In Greek region of Macedonia, anger at imminent name deal

Greece - As lawmakers in Athens are poised to approve a landmark name deal between Greece and Macedonia, there is relief in many European capitals that a 27-year diplomatic dispute is nearing its end.

Greek MPs to vote on Macedonia deal amid political turmoil

Atenas - The Greek parliament is expected to vote Thursday on a deal to change Macedonia's name to the Republic of North Macedonia amid deep social division and a crisis in centrist political parties.

Thousands protest in Athens against Macedonian accord

Atenas - Scuffles broke out in central Athens Sunday as tens of thousands of people protested a planned name change for neighbouring Macedonia that parliament is due to ratify this week.

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.
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Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp  crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
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