Protesters protest against the agreement between Greece and Macedonia on the dispute over the name of the Yugoslav republic, outside the Greek Parliament, in Athens, on Friday 15 June 2017. The prime ministers of Greece and its northern neighbor, Macedonia , agreed on Tuesday that the former Yugoslav republic should be renamed Macedonia of the North. (Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press)
by Associated Press June 16 at 4:31 am
ATHENS, Greece – Greek legislators debate a no-confidence motion against the government on the last day during an agreement to end a decades-old dispute with neighboring Macedonia for the latter's name.
The leftist coalition government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to survive Saturday's vote. His government controls 154 of the 300 seats in parliament, and the nationalist party that is a partner in the smaller coalition says it will reject the motion despite opposing the agreement reached by Tsipras with his Macedonian counterpart.
Tsipras and Zoran Zaev of Macedonia reached an agreement on Tuesday would change the name to the northern neighbor of Greece, Macedonia of the North, while Athens would leave its objections to the country that would join NATO and the European Union.
The intransigent in both countries are furious over the agreement, which they consider too convincing for the other side.  Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material can not be published, transmitted, rewritten or redistributed.