Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Macedonian Parliament Ratifies Name Dispute Deal With Greece
A quorum of lawmakers in Macedonia's parliament ratified
a recent agreement with Greece to change the country's name to Republic of North Macedonia. The measure was passed 69-0, with the opposition nationalist VMRO-DPMNE party boycotting the vote.
Although Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev defended the deal before parliament, President Gjorge Ivanov has pledged to veto its ratification. Zaev plans to hold a countrywide referendum on the issue later this year.
Since Greek and Macedonian foreign ministers ratified the initial deal, demonstrators have gathered en masse in Skopje to protest.
Former Prime Minister and "Batkivshchyna" party leader Yulia Timoshenko announced
her candidacy in the upcoming 2019 presidential elections during a June 20 videoconference. The elections are set to take place on March 31 of next year.
In other Ukraine news, several Russian political parties and institutions have been newly included
in a Ukrainian government sanctions list. 30 new legal entities and 14 individuals were added in total.
A Chisinau municipal court declared
the results of a snap mayoral election null and void after allegations of electoral violations by the Socialist Party. Pro-EU Dignity and Truth Platform Party member Andrei Nastase had received over 52% of the vote in the June 3 runoff election. Nastase supporters have gathered to protest the ruling in the country's capital.