Greek lawmakers to vote on Macedonia name change deal

Europe 01/25/19, 04:55

Greek lawmakers are to wrap up three days of acrimonious parliamentary debate with a vote on a deal normalizing relations with Macedonia, under which Greece's northern neighbor will rename itself North Macedonia and Athens will drop its objections to the country joining NATO.More protests were scheduled in Athens and the ...

Macedonia deal: Greek protesters reach Acropolis before vote

Europe 01/24/19, 07:07

About 1,500 police officers have taken up positions around Athens before demonstrations planned against Greece's ratification of an agreement with Macedonia to normalize relations after decades of strain.A four-day parliamentary debate was due to end late Thursday with a vote that would finalize plans by Greece's neighbor to change its ...

After violence, Greek parliament debates deal with Macedonia

Europe 01/21/19, 07:10

Greece's government has submitted a controversial agreement to parliament aimed at normalizing relations with neighbor Macedonia, a day after violent demonstrations against the deal erupted in Athens.The agreement, submitted Monday for ratification in Greece, would see Macedonia change its name to North Macedonia and allow the country to join NATO ...

Greece prepares massive print run on deal with Macedonia

Europe 01/17/19, 10:58

Greece's government is to print tens of thousands of copies of an agreement to normalize relations with Macedonia, to inform the public ahead of a parliamentary debate on ratifying the deal.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' office said Thursday the document will be distributed with Sunday newspapers so that "every last Greek" ...

Update: Greek PM Tsipras survives confidence vote

Europe 01/16/19, 15:59

The Latest on the confidence vote in Greece (all times local):10:50 p.m.Greece's left-wing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has narrowly won a confidence vote in parliament days after the governing coalition collapsed.Tsipras received the minimum 151 votes in Greece's 300-seat legislature for his government to survive. His term ends in October.The ...

Greek parliament gears up for midnight confidence vote

Europe 01/16/19, 04:53

Greek lawmakers are gearing up for a confidence vote in the left-wing government, which lost its parliamentary majority after its coalition partner walked out to protest a deal to normalize relations with neighboring Macedonia.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to narrowly survive the ballot at midnight Wednesday, backed by independent ...

Greek PM defends Macedonia deal ahead of confidence vote

Europe 01/15/19, 06:29

Greece's prime minister is defending his deal to normalize relations with neighboring Macedonia ahead of a confidence vote in parliament after his governing coalition collapsed over the agreement.Addressing lawmakers Tuesday, Alexis Tsipras said he chose to end the 27-year dispute over Macedonia's name, seizing "a great opportunity" despite the potential ...

Greek govt faces confidence vote after coalition collapses

Europe 01/14/19, 11:03

Greece's parliament has scheduled a confidence vote for late Wednesday following the collapse of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' governing coalition over a proposed deal to end a decades-old dispute with Macedonia.The nationalist Independent Greeks party ended its four-year partnership with Tsipras' left-wing Syriza party on Sunday. The government now needs ...

Greek defense minister resigns over Macedonia name change

Europe 01/13/19, 05:31

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, leader of the junior partner in the country's coalition government, has resigned over the Macedonia name deal, which he opposes.Kammenos announced his resignation after meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Sunday morning. He said his party is quitting the government. He plans to give ...

Greek state school teachers clash with riot police in Athens

Europe 01/11/19, 11:13

Protesting Greek school teachers have clashed with police in central Athens during a demonstration against government plans for hiring new teachers.Riot police fired tear gas to stop protesters from forcing their way past a cordon outside parliament, and later when demonstrators tried to push away a barrier near Prime Minister ...

German leader Merkel heads to Athens; demonstrations banned

Europe 01/10/19, 05:33

Authorities have banned demonstrations in a large section of central Athens and will shut down streets and subway stations during a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who arrives in the Greek capital Thursday afternoon for meetings with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and other officials.Around 2,000 officers, a police helicopter ...

Dutch convoy sets off for Greece, hoping to help migrants

Europe 12/21/18, 09:42

A bus and a fleet of cars have set off from the Netherlands in a continent-crossing convoy to raise awareness of the plight of migrants languishing in overcrowded Greek island camps and maybe even bring some of them back to the Netherlands.The Dutch group "Let's Bring Them Here" wants to ...

Macedonian, Greek leaders see Nobel Peace Prize nomination

Europe 12/18/18, 10:56

A former Nobel Peace Prize winner says the prime ministers of Macedonia and Greece will be nominated for the 2019 peace prize for their efforts to end a 27-year dispute over Macedonia's name.Tunisian businesswoman Wided Bouchamaoui, a joint winner of the 2015 prize, announced her intention to nominate Macedonia's Zoran ...

Greek protest against Macedonia deal ends in violence

Europe 12/14/18, 15:22

Police in northern Greece have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse anti-government protesters opposed to a proposed agreement with neighbor Macedonia that would end a decades-long name dispute.A woman holding a religious icon shouts slogans in front of riot police during a rally in the northern Greek city ...

Russia and Greece say spat over diplomats expulsions is over

Europe 12/07/18, 10:37

The leaders of Russia and Greece say they have overcome a rift over the expulsions of diplomats that have strained their traditionally friendly ties.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Dec. (Maxim Shemetov, Pool ...

Greece’s Church says priests should keep state jobs

Europe 11/16/18, 10:45

Greece's powerful Orthodox Church says it wants priests to remain civil servants, rejecting part of a recent government offer to switch a payroll system for clergymen.The church's governing Holy Synod said Friday that it had voted unanimously "to retain the existing payroll status of the clergy and laymen of the ...

Greek foreign minister resigns, prime minister takes over

Europe 10/17/18, 04:57

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias resigned Wednesday following a disagreement with the defense minister over the handling of a recent deal which would change Macedonia's name in exchange for Greece dropping its objections to the country joining NATO.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced he had accepted Kotzias' resignation and said he ...

Greece, Egypt back Cyprus gas exploration

Europe 10/10/18, 02:45

The leaders of Greece and Egypt on Wednesday backed efforts by regional ally Cyprus to exploit off-shore gas deposits, despite strong objection from Turkey.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hosted a meeting Wednesday with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on the island of Crete. The talks were ...

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