The Parliament in Skopje has agreed to the renaming of Macedonia "Republic of Northern Macedonia" with the required two-thirds majority. The accession to the EU and Nato is thus moved closer. Now, you just need to agree to the Parliament in Athens. Only in the past June, the agreement reached between the Greek government and its leader, Alexis Tsipras, and the Macedonian Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev enters into force.
Behind the year-long name dispute, the fear of Athens, the neighbouring country with the country name of Macedonia claims to the Northern Greek province of Macedonia. At the UN the state was, therefore, so far, under the name Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, English abbreviated as FYROM.
Because of the conflict, Greece blocked until recently, Skopje's accession to the Nato military Alliance and the opening of EU accession negotiations. This Blockade is Athens to give up after a Parliament vote.
foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) said that the solution of the name dispute between Skopje and Athens was straight "to the target". He's set now that the Greek Parliament will approve the agreement. Then the country North of Macedonia could join the "soon Nato and open accession talks with the EU".daily mirror tomorrow location for Free
order "Without an agreement with Greece, there are neither Nato nor EU."
Before the vote in Skopje, the social democratic head of government, Zaev said: "no agreement with Greece, there are neither Nato nor EU." He had changed his opinion on the name issue, and thus the Failure of his "political career". "Our identity is we keep," added the Prime Minister.
All those present 81 members, was followed by Zaev and voted for four amendments to the Constitution, which were for the name change is required. Because of the change of name Constitution rank, was a two-thirds majority of 80 of the total of 120 deputies is necessary, the lack of the government.
most of The parliamentarians of the right-wing opposition party VMRO-DPMNE stayed away from the vote, some voted with the government majority from Zaevs of social democratic League of Macedonia (SDSM) and the parties of the ethnic Albanian minority. This accounts for between a fifth and a quarter of the 2.1 million inhabitants of the small country in the Balkans.
Tsipras congratulated Zaev after the historic vote
Among those who voted for the name change, there were also four right-wing members of Parliament, to which the participation in violent riots accused in the Parliament in April 2017. Zaev had asked even before the first vote in October an Amnesty in view.
at that Time, nine members of the Opposition for the change of name agreed. The leadership of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary organization - democratic party for Macedonian National unity (VMRO-DPMNE) said that Zaev to have his goal with "bribes and threats".
At a government-organised referendum on the name dispute at the end of September had attended only about a third of the Voters. For the validity of 50 percent would have been necessary. Of those who participated, voted, more than 90 percent for the renaming.
Tsipras congratulated Zaev after the historic vote. In the Athens Parliament-his coalition has a slim majority of 153 of 300 deputies. His Junior partner, the small right-wing populist party independent Greeks (Anel), with Panos Kammenos, the defence Minister, could throw because of the Macedonia question with Syriza.
Kammenos has even threatened with his resignation. At the time of the vote, a simple majority is sufficient, however, and should Tsipras, according to observers, thanks to the votes of several opposition member of Parliament for sure.More about
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Also, the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini congratulated the Parliament in Skopje to its vote. The agreement was a "model for reconciliation in the Region and in Europe". (AFP)