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.
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.
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.
The Greece-North Macedonia Prespa Agreement may have solved the naming problem, but it creates a series of problems in a number of areas.
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.
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.
'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
A whopping 67 percent replied that the Prespa Agreement will greatly affect the electoral outcome.
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,
The attacks came even as Kammenos’ Independent Greeks party lost the status of a parliamentary party (which requires five MPs).
Those who are today engaging in machinations to secure their handicapped parliamentary majority believed that in democracy everything can happen and be justified.
The move is a bid to end the political uncertainty of whether the government has the constitutionally mandated parliamentary on each and every vote.
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.
Gennimata expelled from the party the leader of the small, cooperating Democratic Left party, Thanasis Theocharopoulos.
Recent comments by Zaev have fueled criticism that the agreement permits Skopje to interpret it as it sees fit.
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.
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.
Will the government be prudent in handing out benefits or will it open the state coffers and along with them a Pandora’s Box?
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.
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.
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.
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
“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. '
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.
'The entire negotiation was conducted in conditions of unjustifiable haste and obviously others are anxious to resolve the issue and certainly not Greece.'
The agreement was approved by majority, with the key votes of To Potami VP Yorgos Mavrotas and former To Potami MP Spiros Danellis.
Opposition parties are up in arms over the agreement and the allegedly nefarious backroom deals to forge an absolute parliamentary majority for ratification.
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.
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.
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.
A left-wing government ordered that a crowd including families, women and children be teargased in order to break up a peaceful demonstration.
Instead of issuing statements to justify police violence, the government should apologise to the demonstrators who gathered in Syntagma Square for a peaceful protest.
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”.
Those who believed that the exit from bailout memorandums would put an end to political extremities and populist rhetoric have seen their hopes dashed.
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 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.
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.
PM Alexis Tsipras, beyond his 145 MPs, has secured the approval of six MPs from smaller parties to ratify the accord.
The German Chancellor and other European partners do not want to have to tackle a Greek question again.
'I am grateful to Alexis Tsipras for working with [FYROM PM] Zoran Zaev for a solution to the naming issue,' Merkel said
Tsipras said that if necessary he will seek the confidence vote before he tables for ratification the Greece-FYROM accord.
Mitsotakis said Alexis Tsipras and SYRIZA will destroy the country if they complete their term in office.
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.
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 has offered assurances – in an effort to calm Greek fears of backpedaling - that the agreement cannot change in the future.
Tsipras and his SYRIZA party have been outwardly optimistic about garnering the necessary simple majority of 151 votes in the 300-seat legislature,
“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.
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.
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).
'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.
Zaev himself essentially put on the table an issue of a “Macedonian minority” in Greece.
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.
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.