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Prespa Agreement

Skopje expresses confidence that Mitsotakis will honour Prespa Agreement
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Skopje expresses confidence that Mitsotakis will honour Prespa Agreement

In an interview with FAZ on the eve of the signing of the accord, North Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev says it is a win-win situation, though problems may arise.

Tsipras to talk politics, trade in Skopje, top businessmen on trip
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Tsipras to talk politics, trade in Skopje, top businessmen on trip

The PM is expected to raise the issue of North Macedonian officials violating the terms of the Prespa Accord, including in the EU, but trade and investment will dominate.

Editorial To Vima: Envelope for the next PM
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Editorial To Vima: Envelope for the next PM

Due to opposition for the Prespa Accord, MPs who represent districts north of Larisa are unable to meet citizens as they are treated either with indifference or contempt.

Editorial Ta Nea: Brand
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Editorial Ta Nea: Brand

The Greece-North Macedonia Prespa Agreement may have solved the naming problem, but it creates a series of problems in a number of areas.

Zaev: I agreed to name change because Tsipras accepted ‘Macedonian identity’
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Zaev: I agreed to name change because Tsipras accepted ‘Macedonian identity’

Despite being pressured by the moderator and Zaev to say whether his party will honour the agreement if it comes to power, the main opposition leader refused to answer.

Kostarakos attacks SYRIZA over its stance on national issues
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Kostarakos attacks SYRIZA over its stance on national issues

The former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff describes the government as a bunch of neo-communists with no respect for Greece's national interests.

New Democracy blasts North Macedonian Ambassador to EU for violation of Prespa Accord
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New Democracy blasts North Macedonian Ambassador to EU for violation of Prespa Accord

'Before the ink of the signatures on the Prespa Agreement dried, the Ambassador of North Macedonia to the European Unioreferred to her country as "Macedonia" during an official preparatory meeting,' said ND spokesperson and MEP Maria Spyrakis

SYRIZA 6.5 percentage points behind ND in new Alco poll
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SYRIZA 6.5 percentage points behind ND in new Alco poll

A whopping 67 percent replied that the Prespa Agreement will greatly affect the electoral outcome.

Prespa Agreement fuels reports, discussion of ethnic Slavo-Macedonians in Greece
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Prespa Agreement fuels reports, discussion of ethnic Slavo-Macedonians in Greece

In Athens, the Russian state-run Sputnik’s report was viewed as the next stage in Moscow’s fervent opposition to the Prespa Agreement and to North Macedonia’s admission to Nato,

Tsipras charges Kammenos tried to topple government
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Tsipras charges Kammenos tried to topple government

The attacks came even as Kammenos’ Independent Greeks party lost the status of a parliamentary party (which requires five MPs).

Editorial To Vima: Dangerous games
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Editorial To Vima: Dangerous games

Those who are today engaging in machinations to secure their handicapped parliamentary majority believed that in democracy everything can happen and be justified.

Six MPs vow to give SYRIZA parliamentary majority in letter to Speaker
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Six MPs vow to give SYRIZA parliamentary majority in letter to Speaker

The move is a bid to end the political uncertainty of whether the government has the constitutionally mandated parliamentary on each and every vote.

Editorial To Vima: A blackmailed Prime Minister is not a Prime Minister!
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Editorial To Vima: A blackmailed Prime Minister is not a Prime Minister!

Because in our peculiar country there is an underlying current of political instability, it would be best to come to a radical and clear solution now.

Papandreou, Gennimata meet amid party turmoil
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Papandreou, Gennimata meet amid party turmoil

Gennimata expelled from the party the leader of the small, cooperating Democratic Left party, Thanasis Theocharopoulos.

Zaev avoids reference to North Macedonia, raises concerns in Greece
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Zaev avoids reference to North Macedonia, raises concerns in Greece

Recent comments by Zaev have fueled criticism that the agreement permits Skopje to interpret it as it sees fit.

Soros’ Open Society places its bets on Mitsotakis
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Soros’ Open Society places its bets on Mitsotakis

The report also concerns itself with Skopje’s EU course, and it calls for a roadmap for implementation and enforcement of the Prespa Accord in the longer term.

Mitsotakis says he will fight in EU for proper enforcement of Prespa Accord
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Mitsotakis says he will fight in EU for proper enforcement of Prespa Accord

The conservative leader said that if he is elected PM he will refuse to interpret Article 2 of the agreement as signaling that Greece must consent to Skopje’s EU admission.

Editorial Ta Nea: Sacrifices
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Editorial Ta Nea: Sacrifices

Will the government be prudent in handing out benefits or will it open the state coffers and along with them a Pandora’s Box?

Tsipras: 650-euro monthly minimum wage, autumn elections
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Tsipras: 650-euro monthly minimum wage, autumn elections

For those under the age of 25 there was a sub-minum wage of 510 euros a month which was abolished today by the cabinet.

Mikis Theodorakis blasts Prespa Accord, Nato in Ta Nea artice
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Mikis Theodorakis blasts Prespa Accord, Nato in Ta Nea artice

The weight of Nato's planning has shifted to our country with the unconditional consent of the Greek government and to the three countries of the so-called Western Balkans – Albania, Kosovo, and Skopje.

Editorial To Vima: Elections now Mr. Tsipras!
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Editorial To Vima: Elections now Mr. Tsipras!

Isolated from the Greek people, burdened with politico-ideological fixations, and with a limited understanding of the contemporary world, Mr. Tsipras cannot keep up with international trends.

Editorial Ta Nea: Choices
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Editorial Ta Nea: Choices

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

Mitsotakis: Greece retains veto in Skopje’s EU course
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Mitsotakis: Greece retains veto in Skopje’s EU course

“I shall fight with all my might to temper the negative consequences that will certainly arise from a problematic agreement. Today is a difficult, sad day for Greece. '

Poll shows SYRIZA trails ND, quality of life top consideration
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Poll shows SYRIZA trails ND, quality of life top consideration

Asked if New Democracy will govern better or worse than SYRIZA 30.6 percent said it would do worse or probably worse, but 47.4 percent ND would do better or probably better.

Karamanlis to Tsipras: ‘You were too hasty on FYROM deal’
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Karamanlis to Tsipras: ‘You were too hasty on FYROM deal’

'The entire negotiation was conducted in conditions of unjustifiable haste and obviously others are anxious to resolve the issue and certainly not Greece.'

Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence approves Prespa Accord
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Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence approves Prespa Accord

The agreement was approved by majority, with the key votes of To Potami VP Yorgos Mavrotas and former To Potami MP Spiros Danellis.

Bitter battle over Prespa Accord in Parliament, ND decides against no confidence motion
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Bitter battle over Prespa Accord in Parliament, ND decides against no confidence motion

Opposition parties are up in arms over the agreement and the allegedly nefarious backroom deals to forge an absolute parliamentary majority for ratification.

Editorial Ta Nea: Mistake
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Editorial Ta Nea: Mistake

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.

Editorial To Vima: Dangerous opportunists
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Editorial To Vima: Dangerous opportunists

Just as he did before coming to power in 2015, Mr. Tsipras revived on different terms an extremely deep polarisation in Greek society and in the political landscape.

Prespa Agreement ratification broadsides To Potami, Movement for Change
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Prespa Agreement ratification broadsides To Potami, Movement for Change

Barring any surprises the government will have a majority in favour of the Prespa Accord on the foreign affairs committee and in the upcomimg 24 January ratification vote.

Government tarnished by police violence at Prespa Accord protest
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Government tarnished by police violence at Prespa Accord protest

A left-wing government ordered that a crowd including families, women and children be teargased in order to break up a peaceful demonstration.

Editorial Ta Nea: Violence
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Editorial Ta Nea: Violence

Instead of issuing statements to justify police violence, the government should apologise to the demonstrators who gathered in Syntagma Square for a peaceful protest.

Amended FYROM Constitution retains clear, indirect references to ‘Macedonian’ ethnicity
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Amended FYROM Constitution retains clear, indirect references to ‘Macedonian’ ethnicity

Tsipras maintained that the clarifications of certain constitutional amendments passed by Skopje in accord with the agreement put to rest fears that the agreement recognises a “Macedonian ethnicity”.

Editorial To Vima: The nightmare of division
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Editorial To Vima: The nightmare of division

Those who believed that the exit from bailout memorandums would put an end to political extremities and populist rhetoric have seen their hopes dashed.

New poll indicates over 60 percent of Greeks want elections now
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New poll indicates over 60 percent of Greeks want elections now

When asked, “Do you believe that the withdrawal of the Independent Greeks from the government was a move pre-arranged by Tsipras and Kammenos or not?” 68.3 percent responded that it was pre-arranged.

Mr. Tsipras’ stratagem
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Mr. Tsipras’ stratagem

Mr. Tsipras was greatly aided by the failure of efforts to unite the Greek centre-left – which sought to bring into a coalition Pasok, the Potami party, and the Democratic Left.

Russia wants UN Security Council to discuss Prespa Agreement
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Russia wants UN Security Council to discuss Prespa Agreement

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that a viable solution must be found support with broad popular support in FYROM and Greece without external pressures.

Merkel, Mitsotakis agree to disagree on Prespa Accord ratification
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Merkel, Mitsotakis agree to disagree on Prespa Accord ratification

The talks also touched on tax cuts that ND has proposed, attracting investment, and continuing on the path of structural reforms.

FYROM definitively approves Prespa Accord in historic parliamentary vote
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FYROM definitively approves Prespa Accord in historic parliamentary vote

PM Alexis Tsipras, beyond his 145 MPs, has secured the approval of six MPs from smaller parties to ratify the accord.

Editorial To Vima: Merkel, Tsipras and us
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Editorial To Vima: Merkel, Tsipras and us

The German Chancellor and other European partners do not want to have to tackle a Greek question again.

Merkel ‘grateful’ to Tsipras on FYROM, sees economic progress, challenges
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Merkel ‘grateful’ to Tsipras on FYROM, sees economic progress, challenges

'I am grateful to Alexis Tsipras for working with [FYROM PM] Zoran Zaev for a solution to the naming issue,' Merkel said

Tsipras will seek vote of confidence if Kammenos withdraws trust
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Tsipras will seek vote of confidence if Kammenos withdraws trust

Tsipras said that if necessary he will seek the confidence vote before he tables for ratification the Greece-FYROM accord.

Mitsotakis: Tsipras must seek vote of confidence or call elections
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Mitsotakis: Tsipras must seek vote of confidence or call elections

Mitsotakis said Alexis Tsipras and SYRIZA will destroy the country if they complete their term in office.

Editorial To Vima: Governmental tragicomedy
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Editorial To Vima: Governmental tragicomedy

The era of warm embraces between PM Alexis Tsipras and Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos appears to have passed, despite their mutual passion for power.

Merkel in Athens to urge passing of Prespa Accord in Skopje, Athens
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Merkel in Athens to urge passing of Prespa Accord in Skopje, Athens

The visit comes on the eve of a crucial final vote in the Parliament of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on the constitutional amendments required by the Greece-FYROM agreement.

Zaev attempts to allay fears in last stretch of constitutional revision
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Zaev attempts to allay fears in last stretch of constitutional revision

Zaev has offered assurances – in an effort to calm Greek fears of backpedaling - that the agreement cannot change in the future.

Tough final hurdles in passing Greece-FYROM Prespa Agreement
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Tough final hurdles in passing Greece-FYROM Prespa Agreement

Tsipras and his SYRIZA party have been outwardly optimistic about garnering the necessary simple majority of 151 votes in the 300-seat legislature,

Bulgarian President says there is no such thing as a ‘Macedonian language’
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Bulgarian President says there is no such thing as a ‘Macedonian language’

“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.

Editorial To Vima: The accord, the cookery, the impasses
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Editorial To Vima: The accord, the cookery, the impasses

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.

Editorial To Vima: The government is the problem
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Editorial To Vima: The government is the problem

When Mr. Tsipras cannot persuade his coalition partner to stop shrieking and making nationalist pronouncements, he cannot demand unconditional opposition support.

Following his irredentist remarks, Zaev says he is in ‘constant contact’ with Tsipras
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Following his irredentist remarks, Zaev says he is in ‘constant contact’ with Tsipras

Neither Athens nor Skopje confirmed reports that Greece wants to add under UN auspices a protocol clarifying the correct interpretation of the accord’s provisions on language.

FYROM to pass constitutional amendments required by Prespa Accord
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FYROM to pass constitutional amendments required by Prespa Accord

Defense Minister Krasimir Karakachanov has demanded that Skopje make clear that it has no claims as regards a “Macedonian language” in Bulgaria (Sofia says it is a Bulgarian dialect).

ND shadow foreign minister slams government over Zaev’s irredentist remark on ‘Macedonians of the Aegean’
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ND shadow foreign minister slams government over Zaev’s irredentist remark on ‘Macedonians of the Aegean’

'The government and the prime minister can no longer stand on sidelines as passive observers. They have a duty, even now, to assume their responsibilities,' said ND's shadow foreign minister.

Video confirms that Zaev raises issue of ‘Macedonian’ minority in Greece
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Video confirms that Zaev raises issue of ‘Macedonian’ minority in Greece

Zaev himself essentially put on the table an issue of a “Macedonian minority” in Greece.

Zaev’s irredentist remarks regarding Prespa agreement stir consternation in Athens
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Zaev’s irredentist remarks regarding Prespa agreement stir consternation in Athens

When FYROM citizens refer to 'Macedonians of the Aegean', they refer directly to an irredentist tradition that views the geographically largest part of Macedonia, which is the northern province of Greece, as an unliberated territory, essentially as a Greek-occupied part of their country.

Greek Foreign Ministry: Zaev, FYROM must adhere to spirit of Prespa Agreement
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Greek Foreign Ministry: Zaev, FYROM must adhere to spirit of Prespa Agreement

Alternate Foreign Minister Yorgos Katrougalos responds to FYROM PM Zoran Zaev’s remark that in the future the 'Macedonian language' may be taught in Greek schools.