Austria threatens Macedonia name deal in row over Turkey’s EU membership bid

A DEAL to rename Macedonia to end a diplomatic row with neighbouring Greece is under threat after Austria revealed plans for a move which could effectively torpedo the hard-won agreement as it bids to prevent Turkey joining the EU.

And if this happens, the plan could scupper Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev’s hopes of getting his deal, struck with Greek opposite number Alexis Tsipras, passed by his parliament and endorsed in a referendum - a hurdle that must be crossed in order for the name change to take effect. One EU diplomat has said: “Austria has told us they will block the Council conclusions over Turkey.” Another added: “The Macedonian president and opposition are...
source: Express

2018-06-19 03:29
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