Greek foreign minister quits after Cabinet spat over Macedonia

Vastavam web: Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias quit his post on Wednesday, the government said, in a cabinet dispute over the country’s controversial name deal with Macedonia. “Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has accepted the foreign minister’s resignation,” the PM’s office said in a statement, adding that Tsipras himself would take over the post.

Kotzias on Tuesday had clashed in a cabinet meeting with Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, who is also the coalition partner holding up Tsipras’ government. The deal has raised strong objections in both countries. Greece also has a northern province named Macedonia, the heart of Alexander the Great’s ancient kingdom.