Greece: PM Tsipras narrowly wins confidence vote over Macedonia name dispute

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won a parliamentary confidence vote on Wednesday in Athens, with his government winning 151 votes out of the 300-seat Hellenic Parliament. Tsipras called the motion after his defence minister Panos Kammenos resigned from the Syriza-led coalition government and withdrew the support of his nationalist Independent Greeks party on Sunday, due to his opposition to... Еще the name change deal reached between Tsipras and his Macedonian counterpart. Tsipras' Syriza party has 145 MPs and gained the additional six votes required for its victory from both independents and defectors from Kammenos' party. Macedonian MPs voted in favour of the deal on Friday, which will see the country's name change to the 'Republic of Northern Macedonia', but Athens must now also ratify the deal. Many in Greece have seen the name 'Macedonia' as posing a threat to the Greek state, arguing that it implies a territorial claim over the eponymous region of northern Greece. The naming dispute dates back to Macedonia's declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. As a result, international organisations and states that do not recognise the constitutional name 'Republic of Macedonia' refer to it as 'the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia' (FYROM).

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