Macedonia

    • North Macedonia presidential vote heads to runoff

      North Macedonia presidential vote heads to runoff

      Macedonia’s pro-Western candidate, Stevo Pendarovski, and his main rival Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova emerged tied in the first round of presidential vote dominated by deep divisions over a change of the country’s name to North Macedonia under a deal with Greece. Results on the State Election Commission website based on 98% of the votes counted showed Pendarovski got 42.7% of the votes, while Siljanovska-Davkova had 42.5% of the votes.

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    • Macedonia stops migrants trying Balkan route

      Macedonia stops migrants trying Balkan route

      Police in North Macedonia stopped during the weekend the separate incidents two vehicles carrying 22 migrants who allegedly planned to enter Serbia illegally and travel on to the EU. Police said on Sunday that nine Pakistanis were found in a car in the country's south late Saturday, near the borders with Greece and Bulgaria. The driver was arrested and placed in custody.

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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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    • Greek parliament to hold confidence vote on Wednesday

      Greek parliament to hold confidence vote on Wednesday

      The Greek parliament will open a confidence debate on the government on Tuesday, with the vote expected on Wednesday night, a parliamentary official told Reuters. Greek PM Alexis Tsipras called the confidence vote following the resignation of coalition partner Panos Kammenos and his Independent Greeks party on Sunday over a deal to end a decades-long dispute between Athens and Skopje over Macedonia’s name.

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    • Greek defense minister quits over Macedonia name deal, coalition in doubt

      Greek defense minister quits over Macedonia name deal, coalition in doubt

      Greece’s right-wing defense minister resigned on Sunday in protest at a deal ending a long running dispute with Macedonia over its name, clouding the future of the coalition government months before national elections. Panos Kammenos, whose Independent Greeks party props up the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, has long opposed the accord with neighboring Macedonia signed by their governments last year.

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    • Merkel arrives in Athens for a rare visit

      Merkel arrives in Athens for a rare visit

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Greece today for the first time in nearly five years as Alexis Tsipras' government is facing a possible loss of its parliamentary majority. During her two-day visit, Merkel will first and foremost urge Greece to press on with tough economic reforms and maintain strict fiscal discipline. Her visit, however, will not only focus on the economy. It will also address the Prespes name deal with neighbouring Macedonia with Merkel reiterating Germany’s positive stance towards the agreement and expressing her support for the greek prime minister.

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    • Macedonia starts critical debate over name change

      Macedonia starts critical debate over name change

      Macedonian lawmakers are poised to gather from Wednesday, 9 January, to hold a crucial debate about changing their country's name to settle a decades-long dispute with Greece and open the way to NATO and EU membership. But the switch to "the Republic of North Macedonia" is expected to be an uphill task involving 4 constitutional amendments and the support of two thirds of the 120-member parliament.

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    • EBRD boost for decarbonisation in Macedonia

      EBRD boost for decarbonisation in Macedonia

      Macedonian plans to move decisively forward with decarbonisation have received a boost in the form of a 5.9 million-euro loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to ELEM, the state-owned electricity company. The loan is intended to fund the country’s first large-scale solar power plant built on the site of an exhausted lignite coal mine in the town of Kicevo, 112 kilometres from the capital Skopje and is part of FYROM's goal to generate 23 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

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