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Greece, the Minister of Defense resigns: no to the agreement on the name of Macedonia. The Tsipras government is shaking

Greek friends, find the strength said the Macedonian premier Zoran Zaev to urge the Parliament of Athens to ratify the Prespa agreement on the new name of his country: Republic of Northern Macedonia. For a newfound friendship – after the ten-year dispute over a name that bears the myth of Alexander the Great, centuries of history and a contested identity – another one breaks. Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos announces his resignation and closes the alliance with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, calling for an immediate vote of confidence.

With a dozen or so seats, the nationalist and Euro-skeptic party of Kammenos, the independent Greeks, has loyally allowed Tsipras' extreme left to stay in the saddle after the 2015 vote. And Alexis the great can look forward to next October's elections after filing the international bailout program and taking home the grueling success with Skopje. On the sacred Macedonia for Kammenos could not give up, much less in the election season. Now announces the withdrawal of the party from the coalition putting at risk the majority. Among the ranks of his deputies, there are already those who promise support for the Prespa pact.

At the entry into force of the agreement that also unlocks the European path of the Macedonians only the green light of Athens is missing. Tsipras, accustomed to the risks and certainly to reach the 151 s necessary for ratification, had never ruled out trust. the monento. From the pragmatic alliance to the battlefield. Post-troika Greece returned to normal.

January 13, 2019 (change January 13, 2019 | 12:42)

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