No-confidence Motion is Delaying the Signing of the Treaty with Macedonia

In Greece, a motion of no-confidence is delaying the signing of the treaty with Macedonia. The request for the vote is from the opposition party “New Democracy”.

According to the Greek Parliament's Rules of Procedure, debates should continue for three days. This will most likely postpone the signing of the contract, scheduled for Saturday.

The “Independent Greeks”, which is Alexis Tsipras's coalition ally, would not support the accord reached with Skopje. Moreover, they would not topple the government, either.

A landmark agreement was reached on Tuesday by Tsipras and Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev to call the ex-Yugoslav republic the “Republic of North Macedonia”. Both then were accused in their home countries of “national capitulation”.

Athens has long objected to its northern neighbour’s use of the name “Macedonia”, saying it contains territorial claims on a northern Greek province with the same name and amounts to the appropriation of Greece’s ancient cultural heritage. Protests were scheduled outside parliament on Saturday night, although demonstrations in central Athens were also expected on Friday.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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