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Greece Says Negotiations With Macedonia Over Name Row at 'Crucial' Stage

SOFIA — Negotiations between Greece and Macedonia on the former Yugoslav republic's name have reached a "crucial" point but more needs to be done for a solution, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Thursday."I believe we have covered a great part of the distance, but we have more to cover,"

NEW YORK TIMES - 2018-05-23 00:00:00

Macedonia's prime minister cleared on bribery charge

The case erupted in 2015 when a video emerged allegedly showing Zaev demanding a bribe of around 160,000 euros ($188,000) from a local businessman over a land deal with the local authority.

FOXNEWS - 2018-05-21 15:07:20

Macedonia must revise constitution before name deal: Greece

“As regards the debate surrounding ]Macedonia’s] name, the government will not enter more specific talks if the above requirements are not fulfilled first,”Tsipras’ office said in a statement.


Macedonia's main opposition party rejects proposal for new country name

Macedonia's main opposition party, the nationalist VMRO-DPMNE, said it was against changing the country's name to Republic of Ilinden Macedonia, undermining prospects for a solution of a decades-long dispute with Greece.


New name in works, again, for Yugoslav successor state Macedonia

The Yugoslavia successor state known for diplomatic purposes as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia looks to be on the verge of another new but only slightly less polysyllabic, in English, name: Republic of Ilindenska Macedonia.


Republic of Ilinden Macedonia — The United States of the War of Independence of America

Of all of the possible names that Zoran bez zemja could come up with, the so-called “Republic of Ilinden Macedonia” is certainly the most bizarre. It’s like calling the United States of America “The United States of the War of Independence of America.” It is utter nonsense. But, at the very least, n


Greek PM to brief opposition parties over Macedonia name dispute

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gives a news conference at the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia, Bulgaria, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov


Macedonia hoping for EU membership

The former part of Yugoslavia, then known as the Socialist Republic of Macedonia, adopted the shortened version Macedonia when it became independent in 1991, but Greece has since blocked accession talks as it contains a region with the same name.


No deal 'yet' in Macedonia name row: Greek PM

"I believe we have covered a major part of the distance, but there is still distance to cover," Tsipras said after meeting his Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev at a summit of Balkan and European Union leaders in the Bulgarian capital Sofia.


May Plans First U.K. Visit to Republic of Macedonia Since 1999

May will first attend a European Unionsummitwith western Balkan leaders in the Bulgarian capital Sofia on May 17, discussing the region’s next steps on the path to EU entry, May’s office said in an email Thursday. She’s the first U.K. leader to go to the country since Tony Blair visited the Skopje r


Friends and family remember NC Patrol Trooper killed in crash

Cass Davis describes Samuel Bullard as a “son,” “brother” and “close friend” to him. He had known Bullard for more than 10 years after meeting him through Macedonia Baptist Church in Ronda. Bullard also worked for Davis’ business part time before joining the NC Highway Patrol three years ago. Bullar

WXII 12 - 2018-05-23 03:21:00

Former Macedonian official jailed over police car purchase

The Skopje criminal court ruled on Tuesday that Gjoko Popovski failed to select the cheapest offer in the purchase of 300 vehicles in 2008, overcharging the state coffers by more than 450,000 euros ($530,000).

WASHINGTON POST - 2018-05-22 10:55:00

PMs of Greece, Macedonia to meet on decades-old name dispute

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Greece-Macedonia name dispute compromise faces stiff opposition

"Our two countries have never been so close to an agreement; but there are still important steps to be taken," Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipris told the central committee of his party, SYRIZA. Greece and Macedonia have been working for months towards a rapprochement and an end to the name dispute


Greece's most liberal mayor got beat up by far-right protesters

The 75-year-old Thessaloniki mayor is one of Greece's most outspoken advocates for multiculturalism and international understanding. He's pushed for the construction of an Islamic mosque in the city, along with monuments honoring Turkish leaders like Ataturk. He convinced Turkish Airlines to begin f


The EU enters the Balkans as a fast player

President Recep TayyipErdoğan’srallyin Sarajevo—the only one to be held inEurope—ahead of the snap Turkish parliamentary and presidential elections has drawn a lot of attention among local and international media. Yet, the Turkish president also had other business in Sarajevo, which involved holding


British PM says courage needed on Macedonian-Greek name spat

Britain's prime minister has urged Macedonia and Greece to show courage in ongoing efforts to resolve a dispute over Macedonia's name, which has frustrated the country's aspirations to join NATO and the European Union.British Prime Minister Theresa May says a solution will require a willingness to m


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Macedonian PM says agreement on new name reached with Greece

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) - The prime minister of Macedonia says his administration and the Greek government have agreed on a new name for his country to solve the decades-long name dispute between Skopje and Athens.Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Saturday that "Republic of Ilindenska Macedon