Macedonia

PSARADES, Greece  | Greece, Macedonia to sign deal ending yearslong name dispute

PSARADES, Greece  —Greece and Macedonia have signed a deal that, if ratified, will resolve a decades-old dispute concerning Macedonia’s name. Under the agreement, Greece’s northern neighbor will be renamed North Macedonia — move the two countries’ leaders said would be the beginning of closer, friendly relations and an example to all Balkan nations. The deal … Continue reading PSARADES, Greece  | Greece, Macedonia to sign deal ending yearslong name dispute

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Conservatives protest in Macedonia, demand early election

SKOPJE, Macedonia – Tens of thousands of conservative opposition supporters are protesting outside Macedonia’s main government building in the capital of Skopje to demand an early election. The VMRO-DPMNE party, which ruled from 2006 to 2017, was holding a large anti-government demonstration Saturday against the left-wing government’s one-year rule and wants an early election held … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Conservatives protest in Macedonia, demand early election

Macedonia willing to add name ‘qualifier’ to satisfy Greece

SKOPJE, Macedonia/February 15, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — Macedonia‘s prime minister says his country and Greece have made significant progress toward resolving their long-standing name dispute. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Wednesday that Macedonia’s government is willing to add a “geographical qualifier” to the country’s name, a change Greece has wanted. But Zaev says there are other outstanding … Continue reading Macedonia willing to add name ‘qualifier’ to satisfy Greece

UN envoy: Macedonia spat could be resolved in coming months

SKOPJE, Macedonia/February 01, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— A United Nations envoy said Thursday he remained optimistic that neighbors Macedonia and Greece could resolve a name dispute that has strained relations between the two countries for more than a quarter of a century. After talks with Macedonian leaders in capital Skopje, Matthew Nimetz told reporters that officials in both … Continue reading UN envoy: Macedonia spat could be resolved in coming months

Greeks rally over name dispute with neighbor Macedonia

THESSALONIKI, Greece/January 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Tens of thousands of flag-waving Greeks gathered in the northern city of Thessaloniki on Sunday to demand that Macedonia change its name because it’s also the name of the Greek province of which Thessaloniki is the capital. Greece and the Republic of Macedonia, which share a border, have been locked … Continue reading Greeks rally over name dispute with neighbor Macedonia

Macedonia president vetoes Albanian language bill

SKOPJE, Macedonia/January 17, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Macedonia‘s president on Wednesday vetoed a law making Albanian the country’s second official language, describing the legislation as unnecessary and unconstitutional. Macedonian lawmakers approved the bill last week in a parliamentary vote boycotted by the main opposition party. But conservative President Gjorge Ivanov said the law would introduce a “very expensive … Continue reading Macedonia president vetoes Albanian language bill