“The foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia endorsed an agreement to resolve a long fight over the Macedonia name Sunday during a signing ceremony filled with history and symbolism.
The Greek village of Psarades, located on the shores of Great Prespa Lake, was picked for the occasion since the borders of Greece and Macedonia meet in the water.
The two countries’ prime ministers, Greece’s Alexis Tsipras and Macedonia’s Zoran Zaev, were there to see the deal they reached Tuesday get signed by their foreign ministers, Nikos Kotzias and Nikola Dimitrov, respectively.
Macedonians Zaev and Dimitrov arrived from across the lake on a small speedboat. Their Greek counterparts welcomed them with hugs on a jetty that was enlarged for the event.” (Washington Post)
“Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of the Macedonian capital, Skopje, after the foreign minister signed a landmark agreement with Greece over the country’s name, suggesting a long road ahead before the 27-year dispute is finally settled.
The protests erupted on June 17 as the foreign ministers of Macedonia and Greece signed the agreement that would modify the name of the former Yugoslav republic to the the Republic of North Macedonia.
The agreement , signed at Lake Prespa along the border separating the countries, could pave the way for Macedonia to seek membership in the European Union and NATO.
But nationalists in both Macedonia and Greece have bitterly opposed the change. The two countries’ parliaments must still ratify the deal, and Macedonia’s president has split with his prime minister and says he will veto the deal if it is ratified by parliament.
Late on June 17, police fired flash grenades and tear gas near Macedonia’s National Assembly building in Skopje after reports of protesters pushing through barriers and attacking officers.” (RFE/RL)
“Greek police fired teargas at protesters outside parliament on Saturday as lawmakers were in session discussing a no-confidence motion against the government over a controversial name deal with neighboring Macedonia.
Reuters witnesses saw police fire at least two rounds of teargas at individuals who tried to scale stairs outside parliament in central Athens, angered by the accord between the two countries earlier in the week.
‘Traitors, traitors,’ up to 5,000 protesters gathered in the central Syntagma square chanted.” (Reuters)