Macedonian name deal faces opposition, tests in parliament

While the EU, U.S. and UN are applauding the Macedonian name deal, the opposition in both Macedonia and Greece are opposing the agreement that PMs Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras must now take to their parliaments, RFE/RL reports. In Macedonia, President Gjorge Ivanov is expressing concerns about the deal, saying it should not change the way Macedonians refer to their country internally or require constitutional amendments. In Greece, Tsipras must obtain support from opposition MPs in order to ratify the deal. That is because Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, whose right-wing Independent Greeks party is part of Tsipras’s coalition government, said he would oppose the agreement in a parliamentary vote.


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