In Greece, the deeply unpopular deal immediately negatively impacted Tsipras`s chances of staying in power.  According to the separate polls of Mark and Ekathimerini, between 65%  and 68% of Greeks were opposed to the Prespes agreement and what it contained.  In 2018 and 2019, there were large public demonstrations against the Prespes agreement in Athens and Thessaloniki, which lasted for days.  There were also huge sit-ins of students in central Macedonia in 210 schools in central Macedonia. Despite the riot, protesters were accused of having links to far-right fascists.  The famous composer and leftist Mikis Theodorakis, who also opposed the Prespes agreement, called the Syriza government a “left-wing fascist”.  In a poll conducted in February 2019, an opinion poll for the Sitel television channel in Northern Macedonia showed that 44.6% of respondents were in favour of the Prespa agreement, compared with 45.6% against 45.6% of the agreement.  A majority of 59.5% said that the agreement would have a positive impact on relations between the two countries, and 57.7% felt that both states would implement the agreement.  Half of those surveyed, 50.5 per cent said that the Macedonian government had done well in negotiations with Greece and 40.7% disagreed.  Respondents (49.2 per cent) felt that the agreement would facilitate travel to Greece.  Text in English and translations into Macedonian and Greek.
Exiled from Hungary, the fugitive former prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, condemned the Prespa agreement and said that Prime Minister Zoran Zaev had “deceived” and “deceived” the Macedonian people because of the country`s name change, and that Greek politicians had imposed an agreement against Northern Macedonia, which describes exclusive claims about Greece`s “ancient history.”  – No HTML tags allowed – Website URLs are displayed only as text – lines and paragraphs automatically break – Attachments, images or tables are not allowed This is a decisive step towards the entry into force of this historic agreement, which aims to end a bilateral dispute that has lasted for more than a quarter of a century. 19 The process has been the subject of much debate about the extent of the commitments made by the parties up to the time they come into force. For this topic, see Antonios Tzanakopoulos, Here Comes the Name Again: Treaty Making at the Epicenter of the Greek Debate about the Agreement with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, EJIL: Talk! (June 16, 2018), www.ejiltalk.org/here-comes-the-name-again-treaty-making-at-the-epicenter-of-the-greek-debate-over-the-agreement-with-the-former-yugoslav-republic-of-macedonia.