After months of long and exhausting negotiations, Greece and Macedonia announced last Tuesday that they have finally reached a deal on the bitter 27-year-old name dispute. At a press conference in Skopje, Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev said that the two sides have agreed on the composite name 'Republic of North Macedonia'. “The chance is here and it must be seized, bravely, as this is the only patriotic way,” he said, adding that “with this solution we are strengthening Macedonian ethnic and cultural identity, once and for all”. In Athens, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras called the deal “historic”. “We have a good agreement that covers all the preconditions the Greek side had set,” he said, adding that the deal “secures the historic heritage of ancient Greek Macedonia”. Greece will ratify the deal in parliament only after Macedonia has made the necessary changes to its constitution, Tsipras said.