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Dispute over Macedonia’s name heats up in Greece

Greece's national flag.
Protesters hold the Greek national flags during the protest of 'Macedonia is Greek.' Photo: Giorgos Zachos / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images

Greeks rallied in Athens this past weekend to encourage the government to keep up its dispute over neighboring Macedonia’s name, which Greece has long-claimed expresses a wrongful claim to Greece's province of Macedonia, Radio Free Europe reports. Greece’s Prime Minister, Alexi Tsipras, is seeking a resolution to the dispute.

The political backdrop: Tsipras' willingness to consider a resolution has caused concern in both his political opposition and members of his own coalition. Tsipras’ take is that "not having a solution undermines our national interest.”