Coalition back-and-forth over name deal belies election strategy

PoliticsGreek Politics Tags: Independent Greeks, Kammenos, New Democracy, SYRIZA, Tsipras
Photo by Andrea Bonetti/Fosphotos
Photo by Andrea Bonetti/Fosphotos

Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos was insistent on Wednesday that there is no need for the coalition to seek a qualified majority in Parliament for the approval of the Macedonia name deal, thereby dismissing the request made by Independent Greeks (ANEL) leader and Defence Minister Panos Kammenos.

The ANEL chief had suggested on Tuesday that the agreement with Skopje should be approved by at least 180 out of 300 MPs in Greek Parliament. However, Tzanakopoulos said that there was no such constitutional requirement, although he added that Kammenos’...

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