Russia and Turkey were the staunchest opponents internationally of the Greece-North Macedonia Prespa Agreement, which changed the country’s constitutional name .
In 2018, the Open Society Foundation’s budget was approximately one billion dollars US, of which 81.7mn were earmarked for Europe
This chasm between the country’s name on the one hand and its ethnicity and language on the other leaves a bitter taste for almost all Greek citizens
Within the next 30 days Greece’s creditors or “institutions”, which are currently in Athens to conduct an evaluation, expect the government to have met 16 prior commitments.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that a viable solution must be found support with broad popular support in FYROM and Greece without external pressures.
The talks also touched on tax cuts that ND has proposed, attracting investment, and continuing on the path of structural reforms.
Tsipras said that if necessary he will seek the confidence vote before he tables for ratification the Greece-FYROM accord.
The PM clearly views its prospective ratification as a major accomplishment of his government.
“As President of Bulgaria, I do not agree with the name ‘Northern Macedonia’. There is no such country. That name cannot be adopted." said Rumen Radev.
With its customary opportunism, the government has managed to transform the Greece-FYROM Prespa Agreement into a domestic problem that has divided society and the government itself.
When Mr. Tsipras cannot persuade his coalition partner to stop shrieking and making nationalist pronouncements, he cannot demand unconditional opposition support.
Greece has a strong identity and knows how to behave calmly and prudently in the Balkan tinderbox.
Zaev himself essentially put on the table an issue of a “Macedonian minority” in Greece.
Two days ago, the World Bank released its report on the degree to which countries facilitate business activity. Instead of improving, Greece is steadily declining.
'He [Kammenos] spoke of secret funds. He also said that Soros is funding the government to buy off foreigners [to pass the Greece-FYROM Prespa Agreement],' former foreign minister Kotzias said in a bombshell interview.
The ethnic Albanian Besa Movement and the Alliance for Albanians have said that their support for the Prespa Agreement will be contingent upon whether the revised constitution will include a provision that Albanian will be the country’s second official language,
Kammenos yesterday that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was aware of his views on a Plan B for FYROM and US bases, but disagreed. Still, he expressed them in a formal meeting with US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, leaving the impression that he is carving out his own foreign policy,
Yesterday, we learned that a minister can, unhindered, create a new defence dogma, decide alliances and plot out military bases in other countries, and be called to order politely by the prime minister, and no one reacts.