Greek gov­ern­ment faces no con­fi­dence vote on Mace­do­nia name deal

The Western Star - - WORLD -

ATHENS, Greece — The prime min­is­ters of Greece and Mace­do­nia faced po­lit­i­cal storms at home Thursday, two days af­ter reach­ing a his­toric deal to set­tle a decades-old dis­pute over Mace­do­nia’s name. Greece’s Alexis Tsipras faces a vote of no-con­fi­dence in his gov­ern­ment by Saturday af­ter­noon, while Mace­do­nia’s Zo­ran Zaev is con­tend­ing with the re­fusal of the coun­try’s pres­i­dent to sign off on the deal if it’s ap­proved by par­lia­ment.

Zaev and Tsipras have agreed that the for­mer Yu­goslav re­pub­lic should be re­named North Mace­do­nia, end­ing a dis­agree­ment that had pre­vented it from join­ing in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions such as NATO and had poi­soned bi­lat­eral re­la­tions since the early 1990s.

But the dis­pute has roused strong na­tion­al­ist sen­ti­ment in both coun­tries. Crit­ics on both sides of the bor­der were fu­ri­ous, ac­cus­ing their re­spec­tive prime min­is­ters of con­ced­ing too much, and protests are planned for both coun­tries in com­ing days.

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