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Ultra-nationalists sue FM Kotzias for “high treason” over Macedonia name

The President of the Pan-Hellenic Federation of Macedonian Associations has filed a lawsuit against Foreign Minister, Nikos Kotzias, for treason over the Macedonia name issue. The lawsuit has been filed as  Greece and FYROM seem to be very close to an agreement based on component name that includes the term …

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Brussels urges Greece “180 parliament votes” to legitimize Macedonia agreement

Brussels and the European Commission reportedly urge the Greek government to have any agreement between Greece and FYROM on the Macedonia name dispute will pass with not just a parliamentary majority of 150+1 but with a enhanced majority of 180 votes. According to an exclusive report of SYRIZA-affiliated daily Avgi, …

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Name dispute with Greece sole NATO impediment, says FYROM MOD

After repeated assurances from high-level U.N. and Macedonian officials that Skopje is poised to resolve its long-running name dispute with neighboring Greece, the Balkan nation’s defense chief says that issue may well be the only thing impeding its pending NATO accession, write VOA. Following Pentagon meetings with U.S. Defense Secretary …

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Greece, FYROM tell EU Commissioner Hahn to mind his own business

Top officials from Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia urged EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn to mind his own business and to not interfere in things he does not understand. A day before Macedonia name talks resumed in Vienna  on Wednesday, Hahn said he was optimistic that …

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Unresolved issues in Macedonia name remain, as talks conclude in Vienna

A fresh round of Macedonia talks concluded in Vienna last Friday afternoon, where the foreign ministers of Greece, Nikos Kotzias, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Dimitrov, had a meeting with the Special Envoy of United Nations, Matthew Nimetz. Although all people parties involved expressed optimism in statements …

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Kammenos reiterates opposition to use of “Macedonia” and its derivatives by FYROM

Defense Minister and Independent Greeks (ANEL) leader, Panos Kammenos, reiterated his opposition to the use of the term “Macedonia” and any derivative in the name agreed for FYROM. In an interview with private ANT1 TV on Tuesday, Kammenos pointed out that in order to change FYROM’s constitution, elections must be …

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Macedonia name talks move forward, looks as if “Gorna Macedonja” qualifies

In his first historical visit to FYROM’s capital Skopje after the removal of Alexander the Great names and statues, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said he believes in a “honorable compromise” from which both countries will win. “You cannot get everything you have in your mind,” he said, following lengthy …

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Extreme weather contrast: Snow in the North, Sahara Dust in the South

Extreme weather contrast in Greece: Orange-yellow Sahara dust swallowed Crete, white snow covered the West Macedonia. While in Crete temperatures reached 30 degrees Celsius, in Florina it was ice-cold as if in deep winter. The stark weather contrast between the North and the South are unprecedented  in Greece. Florina & …

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“Cretan Liberation Movement” threatens MP over Macedonia name

After the Pan-Macedonian organizations also the Cretan “Liberation Movement” came out of its deep hole and sent a threat letter to a member of the Greek Palriament over the Macedonia dispute. MP from center-left To Potami, Spyros Dannelis, revealed that the received an e-mail with threatening content. “We warn you …

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FYROM FM Dimitrov calls on “sharing the cultural heritage of Macedonia”

Negotiations between Greece and FYROM may have slowed down, but Skopje continues to challenge Athens with provocative statements. Just days before Greek foreign minister Nikos Kotzias visits FYROM, his counterpart, Nikola Dimitrov called on “sharing the cultural heritage of Macedonia.” “We are two countries of 21st century Europe who share …

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FYROM’s Zaev proposes “Greece should open its Constitution” and “International Treaty”

Prime Minister of FYROM, Zoran Zaev, proposed that Greece should open its Constitution so “we can see how Greece is taking care of Greeks outside Greece.” To Greece’s proposal for FYROM’s Constitutional change, Zaev made a counter-proposal with an international treaty instead of a bilateral agreement on the Macedonia name …

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