EU’s Tusk says ‘mistake’ to block Albania, N.Macedonia EU membership talks | AFP

EU Council President Donald Tusk says that the bloc’s leaders made a mistake in failing to approve membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia. SOUNDBITE

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Heroes’ welcome for North Macedonia handball champs | AFP

Tens of thousands of people in North Macedonia fill the streets to welcome home players from the Vardar handball club after they were crowned European Champions.

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Pope Francis visits North Macedonia, home of Mother Teresa

Pope Francis continues his three-day Balkan tour in North Macedonia where he is to attend a commemoration of Mother Teresa, the most famous native of the Macedonian capital Skopje. IMAGES of the welcoming ceremony

Greek PM Tsipras visits North Macedonia

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev welcomes Greek Prime minister Alexis Tsipras to Skopje on his first visit after resolving a 27-year row over North Macedonia’s name. It is the first official visit by a Greek prime minister since the former Yugoslav republic declared independence in 1991, kicking off the name row that roiled diplomatic ties for nearly three decades as the neighbours tussled for ownership of the name Macedonia and its cultural heritage. IMAGES of Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras

N.Macedonia to see economic benefits from name-change deal: PM

North Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev says his country is welcoming “big (Greek) companies with billions in annual revenues” after its name-change deal with Greece, on the eve of a landmark visit from his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras in Skopje.

Tear gas, flares & stones: Protest raging in Athens against Macedonia name-change deal

Greek security forces used tear gas to disperse large crowds demonstrating in central Athens against a deal to normalize relations with Macedonia.

Police said more than 2,000 protesters gathered outside parliament in the Greek capital, as lawmakers debated the agreement which would end the 27-year-long dispute, with Macedonia renaming itself North Macedonia and Greece lifting objections to the country joining NATO.

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Protest in Athens over Macedonia name change

Thousands of protesters from across the country plan to demonstrate against an agreement that would change the name of Greece’s northern neighbor to North Macedonia.
Location: Athens

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Stones, torches & tear gas: Macedonians protest country’s name change

Police fired tear gas to prevent protesters from reaching the parliament building in Skopje on Sunday night, following the signing of an agreement calling for Greece’s northern neighbour to be renamed North Macedonia.

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