Greek MPs have voted narrowly to back a historic agreement with Macedonia, bringing to an end a 27-year dispute over its northern neighbour's name.
Parliament in Athens agreed by 153 votes to 146 to approve the name Republic of North Macedonia, despite widespread opposition from the public.
Thousands demonstrated outside parliament on Thursday night.
Greece has rejected Macedonia's name since its independence in 1991 as it has a region of the same name.
Opposition to the deal is strongest in the northern Greek region of Macedonia, but polls suggest more than 60% of Greeks dislike it.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who brokered the deal, has celebrated the vote as a "historic day".
In context, Macedonia--soon to be the Republic of North Macedonia--was in antiquity a part of pre-Roman Macedonia, then a part of Roman Macedonia, then eventually a part of Bulgaria on into Yugoslavia. Throughout much of this modern period, there were Macedonian nationalists who desired anindependent state. This was finally achieved in 1991. Greek Macedonians, rather than being happy for their northern brethren, have been whining about the name of the Republic since its inception, apparently because...well, their arguments are pretty stupid, imo.
Regardless, Macedonia--the Republic--has thrown the Greeks a bone, thought there's still a lot of belly-aching about it.
Last Edit: Jan 26, 2019 12:59:36 GMT -5 by robeiae