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    Rallies against the Greek government were held during a visit by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), where he was giving a speech on economic policy.

    The demonstrators protested against a deal between Athens and Skopje to resolve a decades-long dispute over the Balkan country's name, signed in June. Both countries confirmed that the "Republic of Northern Macedonia" would be an optimal choice.

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    Greece has urged its neighbor to change the name of the country, stressing that the term "Macedonia" should only refer to a Greek region or the ancient kingdom of Macedonia.

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