Ratifying the deal and beyond

Whether it receives 151 votes in Greece's 300-seat legislature or not, the Prespes accord deal is expected to be ratified by Parliament. As it turns out, a deal that was signed to heal the wound that is the name dispute between Athens and Skopje will inevitably open fresh wounds.

Balkan-style tightrope walk

The name deal signed between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in June stipulates that Athens will launch the process to ratify the agreement only after Skopje has completed its part of the process. Skopje must first notify Athens that its lawmakers have endorsed the deal (Article 1.4.b).

The Biggest Bulgarian-Macedonian Business Forum Opened in Skopje

The biggest Bulgarian-Macedonian businesss forum was opened in Skopje on 17th of January, reports BNT. 

Bulgaria is represented by a government delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev, which also includes the Deputy Minister of Economy, the Deputy Minister of Tourism and the Director of the Executive Agency for Promotion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises.

ANEL leader accuses former MPs of making deal to keep cabinet posts

Independent Greeks (ANEL) leader Panos Kammenos accused former party MPs of exchanging their support for the government in a no-confidence vote for their cabinet positions, during a speech in a parliamentary debate on the motion on Wednesday.

"They chose the ministerial position for a vote of confidence," he told lawmakers, adding he will vote against the government.

A pile of mistakes

The Greek government never really tried to reach any kind of understanding with the country's opposition parties on the name deal signed with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in June.

Leftist officials failed to brief party leaders in time as negotiations unfolded between Athens and Skopje.