Political storm in Greece over proposed Macedonia deal

ATHENS: A proposed deal to resolve a 27-year name row with Macedonia has kicked up a political storm in Greece, with the government under fire over a compromise the main opposition party has rejected as a “national retreat”.
The conservative New Democracy party is expected to file a censure motion against Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s government after it agreed to the tiny Balkan nation being renamed the Republic of North Macedonia.

Greece has long objected to its northern neighbour being called Macedonia because it has its own northern province of the same name, which in ancient times was the cradle of Alexander the Great’s empire — a source of intense pride to modern day Greeks.

Tsipras is to brief parliament on Friday on the agreement he brokered with his Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev after months of intensive talks between diplomats.

“This is an agreement that benefits (Greece) and the region,” Tsipras said late Thursday in a televised interview on state TV ERT.

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