North Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, left, takes a selfie with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras, outside the Prime Minister office in Skopje, North Macedonia, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
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The one-day trip came a little more than a month after Alexis Tsipras and counterpart Zoran Zaev finalised a deal that added "North" to Macedonia's name to distinguish it from a bordering province in Greece.It was the first official visit by a Greek prime minister since the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia declared independence in 1991, kicking off the name dispute that roiled diplomatic ties amid dogged wrestling over the name Macedonia and its cultural heritage.North Macedonia is in the process of joining NATO and hoping the EU will open accession talks in June.Yet the timeline for the latter could slide, with appetite for enlargement shrinking considerably among several members of the bloc, particularly France.Meanwhile, in his own protest, the Balkan state's President Gjorge Ivanov has been refusing to sign bills from parliament ever since North Macedonia became the official name.
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