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Macedonians vote in election dominated by splits over name change

Reflecting differences over the deal pushed through by the pro-Western government of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, the winner of Sunday's ballot is not expected to secure an outright majority, meaning a run-off vote would be held on May 5.

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras wins confidence vote, eyes Macedonia accord

Alexis Tsipras called the confidence motion after his right-wing coalition partner Panos Kammenos quit the government on Jan. 13 in protest over the name deal signed between Athens and Skopje last year.

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Macedonia changes its name: Why this matters to Greece

A country votes to rename itself. Why the name matters to Greece, and what it can bring Macedonia

Macedonia referendum: What's in a name?

Greece, a NATO and EU member, has long blocked Macedonia's efforts to join the alliance, arguing that use of the term "Macedonia" implies territorial ambitions on its own province of the same name, the birthplace of Alexander the Great.

Macedonia's president says he won't vote in name change referendum

President Gjorge Ivanov reiterated his position that the deal with Greece is 'harmful and defeating' for Macedonia, according to a statement released by his office Sunday.

US defence chief warns of Russian meddling in Macedonia vote

Macedonia has set September 30 for a referendum on the government's deal in June with neighbouring Greece to change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia which would largely clear the path for it to join NATO and the European Union.

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Macedonia: Thousands protest over country's name change

Last week the foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia signed an accord to rename the tiny ex-Yugoslav republic the "Republic of North Macedonia."

Macedonian parliament starts debate on name change deal with Greece

The former Yugoslav republic must change its constitution to formalize the deal. Opposition parties and large sections of the population in both Greece and Macedonia are against the agreement, arguing it offers too many concessions to the other country.

Macedonia signs pact to change its name, ending three decades of dispute with Greece

Following the break-up of Yugoslavia in 1991, Greece's northern neighbour took the name Macedonia. Athens refused to accept it, saying it implied territorial claims over the Greek province of Macedonia and an appropriation of ancient Greek culture and civilisation.

Thousands protest against the government in Macedonia, demand early election

Macedonia and Greece have been holding talks to resolve the long-running row over the use by the former Yugoslav Republic of the name Macedonia, which Greece says implies a territorial claim because its northern province has the same name.

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