Confidence vote looms after ally quits coalition
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Sunday that he would call a confidence vote in his government after a coalition ally quit, leaving him bereft of a majority in Parliament and raising the possibility of snap elections.
Earlier, right-wing Defense Minister Panos Kammenos resigned in protest of a deal ending a long-running dispute with Macedonia over its name, saying he was taking six other ministers along.
The crisis left the fate of a 2018 deal changing the name of Macedonia to North Macedonia in limbo. Greek parliamentary endorsement of the name is required for the tiny Balkan nation to join the European Union and NATO. Macedonia’s parliament has ratified the accord.
Greece has a province called Macedonia and long demanded that Skopje change its country name to remove what Athens considered an implied claim to Greek sovereign territory.