x

Greece

North Macedonia PM Says Soccer Team Can’t be Called Macedonia

North Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has backed away from his assertions his country's soccer team playing in the European 2020 championships were representing Macedonia – the name of an abutting Greek province.

He told the private TV station Telma in the country's capital of Skopje that  he expected all federations or other associations, even those that do not receive state funding, to adopt the constitutional name of the state, Greece's state-run Athens-Macedonia News Agency (AMNA) said.

North Macedonia’s governing body for soccer is called Football Federation of Macedonia and uses the acronym FFM, in violation of a name deal made with Greece's former ruling Radical Left SYRIZA which gave away the name of Macedonia for essentially nothing in return.

Zaev earlier tweeted wishes to the soccer team, inferring its name was Macedonia, not North Macedonia, but backed down after Greece said it would move to free some provisions of the name deal;.

“The country does not need new confrontations. With a doubt, all non-governmental organizations, including commercial companies and unions, must comply, as long as they receive money from the state budget for international activities,” Zaev said.

“We demand the full implementation of the Prespes agreement and its spirit and we call on Mr. Zaev to refrain from divisive rhetoric, especially in such a sensitive issue as football,” Greek government spokesperson Aristotelia Peloni said.

“In any case, the good faith implementation of the agreement is one of the criteria for the country’s accession to the European Union,” she noted.

RELATED

BARCELONA - Stefanos Tsitsipas encountered a significant challenge in his match against Facundo Diaz Acosta during the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell on Friday.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

A Palestinian Baby in Gaza is Born an Orphan in an Urgent Cesarean Section after an Israeli Strike

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Sabreen Jouda came into the world seconds after her mother left it.

SEATTLE  — A former Washington state police officer wanted after killing two people, including his ex-wife, was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a chase in Oregon, authorities said Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would force TikTok’s China-based parent company to sell the social media platform under the threat of a ban, a contentious move by U.

AUSTIN - Tesla’s first-quarter net income plummeted 55%, but its stock price surged in after-hours trading Tuesday as the company said it would accelerate production of new, more affordable vehicles.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.