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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 its name Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras calls for a confidence vote, following a coalition dispute as Macedonia aims to change its name
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  <strong>Story update: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras <a href="https://nezavisen.mk/en/news/2019/01/120785/">survived a confidence vote </a>on the<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/16/world/europe/greece-tsipras-confidence-vote.html"> 16th of January, winning 151-148.</a></strong>
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 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 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 nation</a> from '<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/article/74970/">The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia</a>' 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 Greeks' 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 nation</a> from '<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/article/74970/">The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia</a>' 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 Greeks' 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 its 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 its 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. A referendum on the name change was held on <a href="http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/macedonia-sets-name-referendum-for-september-07-30-2018">September 30, 2018</a> with <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/30/macedonia-to-vote-on-name-change-and-ending-greek-dispute">over 90%</a> of those voting supporting the name change. However, with an <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-macedonia-referendum/macedonia-leader-vows-to-press-on-with-name-change-despite-referendum-failure-idUSKCN1M90U1?il=0">official voter turnout of 36%</a> the <a href="http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/macedonia-sets-name-referendum-for-september-07-30-2018">50% threshold</a> required to make the referendum valid was not met. This followed <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-macedonia-referendum/macedonia-leader-vows-to-press-on-with-name-change-despite-referendum-failure-idUSKCN1M90U1?il=0">campaigning</a> by <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/30/macedonia-to-vote-on-name-change-and-ending-greek-dispute">some opponents of the name change</a> that encouraged people<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-macedonia-referendum/macedonia-leader-vows-to-press-on-with-name-change-despite-referendum-failure-idUSKCN1M90U1?il=0"> to either not vote</a>, <a href="https://nezavisen.mk/en/news/2018/09/90095/">or vote 'no.'</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. A referendum on the name change was held on <a href="http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/macedonia-sets-name-referendum-for-september-07-30-2018">September 30, 2018</a> with <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/30/macedonia-to-vote-on-name-change-and-ending-greek-dispute">over 90%</a> of those voting supporting the name change. However, with an <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-macedonia-referendum/macedonia-leader-vows-to-press-on-with-name-change-despite-referendum-failure-idUSKCN1M90U1?il=0">official voter turnout of 36%</a> the <a href="http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/macedonia-sets-name-referendum-for-september-07-30-2018">50% threshold</a> required to make the referendum valid was not met. This followed <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-macedonia-referendum/macedonia-leader-vows-to-press-on-with-name-change-despite-referendum-failure-idUSKCN1M90U1?il=0">campaigning</a> by <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/30/macedonia-to-vote-on-name-change-and-ending-greek-dispute">some opponents of the name change</a> that encouraged people<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-macedonia-referendum/macedonia-leader-vows-to-press-on-with-name-change-despite-referendum-failure-idUSKCN1M90U1?il=0"> to either not vote</a>, <a href="https://nezavisen.mk/en/news/2018/09/90095/">or vote 'no.'</a>
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> 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 its 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 its 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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<p><a href="http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/macedonia-sets-name-referendum-for-september-07-30-2018">Macedonia Sets ‘Name’ Referendum for September &#8212; Balkan Insight</a></p>  <p><a href="http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/macedonia-sets-name-referendum-for-september-07-30-2018">Macedonia Sets ‘Name’ Referendum for September Balkan Insight</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-macedonia-referendum/macedonia-leader-vows-to-press-on-with-name-change-despite-referendum-failure-idUSKCN1M90U1?il=0">Macedonia leader vows to press on with name change despite referendum failure &#8212; Reuters</a></p>  <p><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-macedonia-referendum/macedonia-leader-vows-to-press-on-with-name-change-despite-referendum-failure-idUSKCN1M90U1?il=0">Macedonia leader vows to press on with name change despite referendum failure Reuters</a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/macedonia-to-call-for-name-referendum-07-29-2018">Macedonia MPs to Call for &#8216;Name&#8217; Referendum &#8212; Balkan Insight</a></p>  <p><a href="http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/macedonia-to-call-for-name-referendum-07-29-2018">Macedonia MPs to Call for Name Referendum Balkan Insight</a></p>
<p><a href="https://nezavisen.mk/en/news/2018/09/90095/">Mickoski: The majority of VMRO-DPMNE supporters would either abstain or vote ‘against &#8212; Nezavisen</a></p>  <p><a href="https://nezavisen.mk/en/news/2018/09/90095/">Mickoski: The majority of VMRO-DPMNE supporters would either abstain or vote ‘against Nezavisen</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/16/world/europe/greece-tsipras-confidence-vote.html">Alexis Tsipras Survives Confidence Vote in Greece’s Parliament &#8212; New York Times</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://nezavisen.mk/en/news/2019/01/120785/">The Greek Parliament will ratify next week the Prespes agreement &#8212; Nezavlsen</a></p>

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