The Balkans


    • North Macedonia to take its seat at NATO

      North Macedonia to take its seat at NATO

      The former Yugoslav state Macedona has officially gained its new name as the Republic of North Macedonia, putting a start to country's official process of joining NATO. According to alliance's officials it will be accepted as a full member late this year or early in 2020 once parliaments have endorsed the so-called `Protocol of the North Atlantic Treaty for the Accession of North Macedonia`. Until then, however, it can take part in NATO meetings as a guest.

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    • Greek PM on trip to boost Turkey ties

      Greek PM on trip to boost Turkey ties

      Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras paid a symbolic visit to Istanbul’s former cathedral Hagia Sophia on Wednesday on a trip aimed at improving ties with Turkey, long strained by disputes over territory, energy exploration and Cyprus. Tsipras met Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Tuesday, where the Turkish president said he expected more cooperation from Athens in the repatriation of eight soldiers who fled to Greece following an attempted coup in 2016.

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    • Kosovo ready to seek compromise with Serbia

      Kosovo ready to seek compromise with Serbia

      Kosovo is ready for a compromise deal with Serbia to resolve long-standing issues between the countries, President Hashim Thaci said in a letter to US President Donald Trump. “I will be ready and willing to make compromises necessary to reach a comprehensive and balanced settlement that will encompass all outstanding issues,” Thaci said in a letter dated 8 January, but published only now.

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    • Greek parliament passes Prespes agreement

      Greek parliament passes Prespes agreement

      Greek lawmakers ratified on Friday the controversial deal with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) settling a name dispute that has separated the two neighbors for nearly 30 years. The so-called Prespes agreement was passed with 153 votes in favour and 146 against, despite rancorous protests taking place in Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki.

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    • Greek PM wins confidence vote

      Greek PM wins confidence vote

      Greece's left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras narrowly survived the confidence vote on Wednesday night days after his governing coalition collapsed due to the resignation of his coalition partner and Defence Minister Panos Kammenos. Tsipras won the ballot with the support of 151 lawmakers in the 300 seat parliament, backed by his own Syriza party, independent lawmakers and dissenting deputies from his former ally party - Independent Greeks.

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