North Macedonia sees landmark overhaul over name deal (Al Jazeera)

North Macedonia has not only changed its name. It is undergoing a landmark overhaul.

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N Macedonia and Greece to decide ownership of name for branding (Al Jazeera)

Greece has agreed to refer to its northern neighbour, which formerly called itself “Macedonia”, as “North Macedonia” after a long-running dispute with a Greek province that also took the name “Macedonia”.

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Greece Approves Macedonia’s NATO Membership Bid (The Wall Street Journal)

Greece’s Parliament approved Macedonia’s bid to become the 30th member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, under a U.S.-backed deal that aims to help stabilize the Balkans.

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Why turbulent Greek-Turkish ties are likely to worsen (Al Jazeera)

Athens, Greece – Turkey chose the day of the Greek prime minister’s visit to the country to place $6.1m in bounties on the capture of eight Turkish army officers seeking asylum in Greece.

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Greece, Turkey Try to Calm Tensions (The Wall Street Journal)

Greek and Turkish leaders vowed to work on easing bilateral tension after meeting in Ankara on Tuesday but strained to paper over a dispute born out of the 2016 failed coup against Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Greek parliament set for historic Macedonia name vote (Al Jazeera)

Athens, Greece – On Thursday night, Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) are due to put to rest a 27-year dispute over the latter country’s name.

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Greeks bridle at historic deal to split Orthodox church from state (Religion News Service)

ATHENS, Greece (RNS) — The government of Greece and the Orthodox Church may be headed for breakup next month under a historic deal negotiated in secret between Archbishop Ieronymos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

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Joint Ventures: Greece Cultivates Business Opportunities in Cannabis (The Wall Street Journal)

ATHENS—Christa Pappa quit her job as a research biologist last year to concentrate on her real career ambition: selling marijuana.

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Official recognition for Ukrainian church roils Orthodox world (Religion News Service)

ATHENS, Greece (RNS) – In a few days, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew, the foremost leader in the Eastern Christian church, is scheduled to recognize the newly founded Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

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European Court Rules Against Greece Over Shariah Law (The Wall Street Journal)

ATHENS—Europe’s top human-rights court ruled on Wednesday that Greece failed to protect a Muslim woman from discrimination, and deprived her of property rights, when it made her follow religious rather than civil law on inheritance.

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