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Vote of no-confidence to be called in Greece as Macedonia agrees name change Vote of no-confidence to be called in Greece as Macedonia agrees name change
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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras calls for a confidence vote, following a coalition dispute as Macedonia aims to change it's name Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras calls for a confidence vote, following a coalition dispute as Macedonia aims to change it's name
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Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-macedonia-coalition/greeces-tsipras-calls-confidence-vote-after-ally-quits-coalition-idUSKCN1P709G">he will call a vote confidence vote</a>, as his ruling coalition government separates. The split, resulting from the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/13/greek-defence-minister-quits-over-macedonia-name-deal-panos-kammenos">resignation of Defence Minister</a> Pannos Kamenos,  has arisen due to a dispute over the <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46846231">name change of the country of Macedonia. </a> Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-macedonia-coalition/greeces-tsipras-calls-confidence-vote-after-ally-quits-coalition-idUSKCN1P709G">he will call a vote confidence vote</a>, as his ruling coalition government separates. The split, resulting from the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/13/greek-defence-minister-quits-over-macedonia-name-deal-panos-kammenos">resignation of Defence Minister</a> Pannos Kamenos,  has arisen due to a dispute over the <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46846231">name change of the country of Macedonia. </a>
Mr. Kamenos and six other ministers of his 'Independent Greeks' party <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-macedonia-coalition/greeces-tsipras-calls-confidence-vote-after-ally-quits-coalition-idUSKCN1P709G">will reportedly</a> leave the coalition over the Greek-Macedonian agreement over the name change of the <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17550407">Balkan nations</a> from 'The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia' to the <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-macedonia-name-parliament/macedonia-parliament-agrees-to-change-countrys-name-idUSKCN1P5238">'Republic of North Macedonia.'</a>  The Leader of the 'Independent Greek's' has <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/13/greek-defence-minister-quits-over-macedonia-name-deal-panos-kammenos">stated that any agreement with the name 'Macedonia' was unacceptable as the name is closely tied to Greek culture. </a> Mr. Kamenos and six other ministers of his 'Independent Greeks' party <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-macedonia-coalition/greeces-tsipras-calls-confidence-vote-after-ally-quits-coalition-idUSKCN1P709G">will reportedly</a> leave the coalition over the Greek-Macedonian agreement over the name change of the <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17550407">Balkan nations</a> from 'The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia' to the <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-macedonia-name-parliament/macedonia-parliament-agrees-to-change-countrys-name-idUSKCN1P5238">'Republic of North Macedonia.'</a>  The Leader of the 'Independent Greek's' has <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/13/greek-defence-minister-quits-over-macedonia-name-deal-panos-kammenos">stated that any agreement with the name 'Macedonia' was unacceptable as the name is closely tied to Greek culture. </a>
The name change was <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44401643">agreed in June 2018</a>, but the constitutional amendment was only ratified by <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46846231">Macedonia's parliament on January 11, 2019.</a> The vote, which <a href="https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jan/11/macedonia-vote-rattles-government-in-neighbor-gree/">passed 81-39,</a> needs to be <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46846231">passed by the Greek parliament</a> before it will take effect, but this looks tenuous as Mr. Tsipras now<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-macedonia-coalition/greeces-tsipras-calls-confidence-vote-after-ally-quits-coalition-idUSKCN1P709G"> lacks a parliamentary majority.</a> The name change was <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44401643">agreed in June 2018</a>, but the constitutional amendment was only ratified by <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46846231">Macedonia's parliament on January 11, 2019.</a> The vote, which <a href="https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jan/11/macedonia-vote-rattles-government-in-neighbor-gree/">passed 81-39,</a> needs to be <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46846231">passed by the Greek parliament</a> before it will take effect, but this looks tenuous as Mr. Tsipras now<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-macedonia-coalition/greeces-tsipras-calls-confidence-vote-after-ally-quits-coalition-idUSKCN1P709G"> lacks a parliamentary majority.</a>
The name change is aimed at ending a <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46846231">27-year dispute with Greece</a>, which has it's own region called Macedonia and has <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44401643">feared territorial claims by their northern neighbour.</a> The tension over the names has been ongoing since<a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17550407"> the break up of Yugoslavia,</a> with the Greek <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46846231">objections leading the UN to refer </a>to the nation as<a href="http://www.un.mk/">'The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.'</a> The name change is aimed at ending a <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46846231">27-year dispute with Greece</a>, which has it's own region called Macedonia and has <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44401643">feared territorial claims by their northern neighbour.</a> The tension over the names has been ongoing since<a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17550407"> the break up of Yugoslavia,</a> with the Greek <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46846231">objections leading the UN to refer </a>to the nation as<a href="http://www.un.mk/">'The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.'</a>
Greece's concerns have also led to <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7329963.stm">them</a> <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45704860">vetoing</a> Macedonia's applications to join <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nato-macedonia/greece-stands-by-nato-veto-threat-for-macedonia-idUSL0238277320080402">NATO</a> and the <a href="http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/bickering-in-the-balkans-macedonia-s-identity-crisis-a-614268.html">European Union</a> in the past, with the proposed name change  hoping to open up entry into these unions for the country of just over 2 million people.  Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said to his parliament prior to the vote on the 11th of January that <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/11/world/europe/macedonia-greece-name-change.html">“We should raise our heads high, move past all the issues that divided our society.”</a> Following the vote, the Macedonian government released a statement, saying<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-macedonia-name-parliament/macedonia-parliament-agrees-to-change-countrys-name-idUSKCN1P5238"> “A new historical chapter in our statehood has been written this evening... It makes absolutely plausible two of our biggest state interests - membership in NATO and EU.” </a> Greece's concerns have also led to <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7329963.stm">them</a> <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45704860">vetoing</a> Macedonia's applications to join <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nato-macedonia/greece-stands-by-nato-veto-threat-for-macedonia-idUSL0238277320080402">NATO</a> and the <a href="http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/bickering-in-the-balkans-macedonia-s-identity-crisis-a-614268.html">European Union</a> in the past, with the proposed name change  hoping to open up entry into these unions for the country of just over 2 million people.  Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said to his parliament prior to the vote on the 11th of January that <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/11/world/europe/macedonia-greece-name-change.html">“We should raise our heads high, move past all the issues that divided our society.”</a> Following the vote, the Macedonian government released a statement, saying<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-macedonia-name-parliament/macedonia-parliament-agrees-to-change-countrys-name-idUSKCN1P5238"> “A new historical chapter in our statehood has been written this evening... It makes absolutely plausible two of our biggest state interests - membership in NATO and EU.” </a>
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said his government aims to complete it's term to October 2019 and <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/13/world/europe/greece-tsipras-confidence-vote-kammenos.html">“upgrade the country’s role on the international stage,” and will seek the confidence vote to allow this.  </a> Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said his government aims to complete it's term to October 2019 and <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/13/world/europe/greece-tsipras-confidence-vote-kammenos.html">“upgrade the country’s role on the international stage,” and will seek the confidence vote to allow this.  </a>
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