The Greek Parliament agreed by 153 votes to 146 in a deal that seeks to settle a 27-year dispute over Macedonia's name.
Several thousand people massed outside the Greek legislature, some chanting "traitors", as lawmakers debated The Prespes Agreement between Athens and Skopje, which would change the tiny Balkan nation's name to Republic of North Macedonia.
Greece holds debate over ratifying Republic of North Macedonia, the new name for neighbouring Macedonia under the Prespes Agreement. Opponents say the deal gives Macedonia room for territorial claims over Greece's northern province of Macedonia.
Macedonia's parliament approved a constitutional revision to change the country's name 10 days ago. But for the deal between the two leaders to go through, the name change also needs to be approved by the Greek parliament.
reek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras narrowly won a confidence vote in parliament days after his coalition partner Panos Kammenos resigned over the Macedonia name dispute.
Panos Kammenos, whose Independent Greeks party props up the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, has long opposed the accord with neighbouring Macedonia signed by their governments last year.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras she hoped both countries would "lend each other support" for their common prosperity. The Greek president pressed Merkel on wartime reparations, an issue Berlin says is closed.
At a joint conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras voiced his country’s interest to be part of the natural gas pipeline project, but pointed out EU's "double standards" were preventing it.
Panos Kammenos, leader of the Independent Greeks party, says he won’t offer his backing for a deal between Greece and its northern neighbour to change the country’s name to North Macedonia.
More than 90 percent of the country's 1.8 million voters supported the name-change in Sunday's non-binding referendum, but the opposition said the low turnout rendered the referendum "deeply unsuccessful."
To many outsiders the dispute between Greece and Macedonia may seem petty, yet the outcome of this referendum will have a significant impact on Balkan stability.
Greece returns to growth for the first time since 2010 as its once vast public deficit is turned into a solid budget surplus.
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