Macedonia vote rattles government in neighbor Greece

German Chancellor Angela Merkel waves as she stands by students during her visit in a German school in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Merkel is widely...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel waves the students during her visit in a German school in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Merkel is widely blamed in Gr...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel places a wreath at the monument of the Unknown Soldier during her visit in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Merkel is wi...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seen during a meeting with Greece's President Prokopis Pavlopoulos at the presidential palace in Athens, Friday, Ja...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seen during a meeting with Greece's President Prokopis Pavlopoulos at the presidential palace in Athens, Friday, Ja...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel waves as she stands by students during her visit in a German school in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Merkel is widely...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel waves the students during her visit in a German school in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Merkel is widely blamed in Gr...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel places a wreath at the monument of the Unknown Soldier during her visit in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Merkel is wi...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seen during a meeting with Greece's President Prokopis Pavlopoulos at the presidential palace in Athens, Friday, Ja...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seen during a meeting with Greece's President Prokopis Pavlopoulos at the presidential palace in Athens, Friday, Ja...

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's center-left government is holding emergency talks for a second day to try to secure the two-thirds majority in parliament needed to finalize constitutional changes for a landmark deal with neighbor Greece.

Talks between government and opposition lawmakers continued Friday following repeated delays in the vote.

The governments of Macedonia and Greece are both struggling to secure the political support required to ratify the agreement reached last June, under which the landlocked Balkan nation would change its name to North Macedonia and Greece would lift objections to its accession to NATO.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is on a working visit to Athens, has expressed strong support for the agreement. But the issue has brought Greece's coalition government to the brink of breakup.