News

Macedonia and Greece: Clashes in Athens over neighbour s name change

Macedonia and Greece: Clashes in Athens over neighbour s name change
World
Protesters have clashed with police in the Greek capital Athens at a big rally to oppose the government s deal with Macedonia on changing its name.

Police fired tear gas at some of those attending a protest which attracted tens of thousands to the city.

The deal, which is yet to be approved, designates Greece s northern neighbour as Republic of North Macedonia.

The name Macedonia is sensitive for many Greeks who say it implies a claim on the Greek province of the same name.

Years of wrangling finally brought an agreement last June between Greece s left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Macedonian counterpart.

A vote on the deal, which aims to end a 28-year-row between the nations, is set to take place in the Greek parliament this week.

The dispute dates back to 1991 and the break-up of Yugoslavia. Macedonia was a Yugoslav republic and adopted the name Macedonia when it became an independent nation.
Read more on bbc.com
News Topics :
Similar Articles :
World
ATHENS, Greece Greek lawmakers are set to approve Macedonia s NATO accession, ending a process to normalize relations between the two neighbours and anchor the country renamed North...
World
People in Macedonia have voted in a referendum on whether to change their country s name to North Macedonia, to end a long running dispute with Greece. Athens believes its northern...
World
An opponent of Prespa Agreement holds a flag with the Star of Vergina, the emblem of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia, that reads Macedonia is Greek during...
World
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has survived a no confidence vote over the deal his government made to settle a name dispute with Macedonia. It was tabled by the country s...
World
ATHENS, Greece A United Nations mediator is visiting Athens amid redoubled efforts to end a quarter century dispute between Greece and neighbouring Macedonia over Macedonia s name. Matthew Nimetz will...