Will Macedonia’s president sign the agreement to call the ex-Yugoslav republic the “Republic of North Macedonia”

Tsipras and Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev reached a landmark agreement on Tuesday to call the ex-Yugoslav republic the “Republic of North Macedonia”, settling nearly three decades of wrangling over its name and removing an obstacle to Skopje’s bid to join the European Union and NATO.
 
However, the deal has triggered strong criticism from opposition parties in both countries and Macedonia’s president has said he will not sign it.
“It is an act of responsibility to exhaust every possibility in averting this (deal),” Mitsotakis told lawmakers.
 
He said he would file the motion as soon as parliament concluded a vote on bailout reforms later on Thursday.
Parliamentary speaker Nikos Voutsis said the no-confidence debate would start at 1500 GMT on Thursday.
 
Tsipras’ coalition ally, the Independent Greeks, have said publicly that they would not support the accord reached with Skopje but they would not topple the government either.
 
(Reporting by Michele Kambas; Editing by Gareth Jones)
 
The source: Euronews

14.06.2018

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