Greek lawmakers ratify Macedonia name-change deal

  • Holding a flag with the Star of Vergina, the emblem of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia and Alexander the Great, an opponent of Prespa Agreement attends a rally in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Greek lawmakers have ratified the agreement for the country to drop its objections to neighbouring Macedonia joining NATO if the small country’s name is changed to North Macedonia, ending a nearly three decade-long dispute that has kept Macedonia from joining the western military alliance and the European Union.(AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

  • Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras applauds during a parliament debate about the Prespa Agreement in Athens, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Greek lawmakers are to wrap up three days of acrimonious parliamentary debate with a vote on a deal normalising relations with Macedonia, under which Greece’s northern neighbour will rename itself North Macedonia and Athens will drop its objections to the country joining NATO. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)

ATHENS, Greece — Greek lawmakers ratified an agreement Friday to end a nearly three decade-long dispute over neighboring Macedonia’s name, in a landmark vote that will see the small country renamed North Macedonia and clear its path to NATO membership.

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