Daily Memo: UK and Greek Governments Survive, Putin Visits Serbia, Iran and Azerbaijan Strengthen Ties

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GPF Staff |January 17, 2019

Confidence abounds. The British and Greek prime ministers get to keep their jobs, at least for now. On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote by a margin of 325 to 306, following the rejection of her Brexit deal. The resilient May refused to rule out a no-deal withdrawal from the EU and set Jan. 29 as the date for discussing a fallback option. Parliament has firmly rejected the EU offer and put its support behind the May government. The stance, though due perhaps to a lack of alternatives more than anything else, puts some pressure on Brussels to reconsider its position. None of this is particularly important, but it is good theater. In Greece, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ government barely survived a no-confidence vote of its own, by a margin of 151 to 148. The question now is whether Tsipras can garner enough support to pass the Macedonia name change deal, the last major hurdle before Macedonia can join NATO and the EU. On this issue, the jury

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