Tag: Greece
Balkans 14:37

Greek police disperses migrants attempting to enter Macedonia by train

Greek police dispersed a group of migrants who were attempting to enter Macedonia illegally, hidden in a cargo train. The engineer informed the police that he has spotted migrants in the wagon cars. When the police approached the train near Solun/Thessaloniki, the migrants fled. Greece houses tens of...

Macedonia 17:36

Greek airforce will patrol the Macedonian air space

During his press conference with Zoran Zaev, Alexis Tsipras announced that the Greek air force will assume the role of patrolling the Macedonian airspace. We want a neighbor which is stable politically, but also in the area of security. Greece has top skills and knowledge in the field of aviation. We...

Travel 17:52

Navagio Beach on Zakynthos unlikely to open for summer

Zakynthos Port Authority is unlikely to give the green light for the opening of the world-famous Navagio (Shipwreck) Beach this summer after the landslide of September 2018, the Greek Reporter reports. It is unknown whether one of the five most popular beaches in the world will receive the hundreds...

Macedonia 15:05

Macedonians compared to barbarians during Greek military parades

Despite announcement from the Greek authorities that they will rein in on their soldiers and get them to avoid nationalist and hateful chants during the Greek independence day parades today, a song that refers to Macedonians as barbarians was prominently featured. The Greek  military parades, held on...

Macedonia 10:50

Greek soldiers told not to chant insults aimed at Macedonians during today’s parade

Athens municipal authorities told the soldiers who will march through the city to celebrate the Greek independence day today that they are not allowed to use the offenssive, nationalist chants which are frequently heard during such parades, and especially the slogan “Macedonia is Greek”. During...

Balkans 14:44

China denies Greek company request over use of ‘Macedonian’

China denied on February 23 a request by a Greek company over the use of term ‘Macedonian’, elaborating that this requires an approval from the neighboring country, Maria Spyraki, spokesperson of Greek opposition party New Democracy, said at the briefing of political commentators on Monday. Without...

Economy 18:46

Agreement to eliminate double taxation with Greece

The Federation of Industries of Greece has sent a letter to country’s Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, urging for the signing of an agreement with our country to eliminate double taxation, Greek media report The Federation believes the agreement “will be a strong incentive to boost the...

Macedonia 17:58

Government walking on egg-shells when asked about the Macedonian minority in Greece

According to the Prespa treaty, the Zaev Government insists, Greece has agreed to allow Macedonians to call themselves Macedonians. But, the treaty also forbids the Government of Macedonia to interfere in Greek internal affairs, especially over the rights of the Macedonian minority, whose very existence...

Balkans 13:41

BBC changes report on Macedonian minority following Greek uproar

After a public outcry over a BBC story referring to a Macedonian minority in Greece and a Macedonian language, the British broadcaster added a section to the report on Saturday outlining Greece’s position, Kathimerini reported. The section says that the Greek government officially recognizes only one...

Macedonia 14:49

Dimitrov on the Macedonian minority in Greece: We agreed that there will be no interventions

The BBC article on the existence of a “Macedonian minority” in Greece is a Greek “internal affair issue and subject of Greek debate”, Nikola Dimitrov said in an interview with the Greek TV SKAI. I live and breathe the Prespa Agreement for months… I also sometimes see it in my dreams. That is...

Macedonia 14:30

US acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State praises the Prespa treaty in meeting with Greek journalists

During a meeting with Greek journalists, US acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer called the Prespa treaty to rename Macedonia into North Macedonia is an excellent diplomatic achievement and told “North Macedonia” that its future progress toward the EU will depend on fully...

Macedonia 21:25

BBC report on the persecuted Macedonian minority in Greece

BBC ran a lengthy report on the Macedonian community in Greece, and how it has survived decades of attempts at force assimilation and expulsions. The report by Maria Margaronis refers to Macedonians as Macedonian Slavs and describes the persecution down to details about the modes of torture used on Macedonians...

Macedonia 23:01

Macedonian Foreign Ministry wants to stop the use of the adjective “North Macedonian”

The Macedonian Foreign Ministry prepared a note for media outlets in which it lays out detailed instructions on what words to use to describe the country, its people and culture, especially the adjective “Macedonian”, and strictly banning the use of the adjective “Northmacedonian”....

Macedonia 22:40

Bosnian authorities were warned that Greece plans to direct tens of thousands of migrants toward Macedonia

Croatian daily Vecernji List is reporting that the Greek authorities are building two migrant camps on the Macedonian border and that this will likely lead to a new wave along the now mostly dormant Balkan route. According to the paper, Bosnian authorities have been warned that they should prepare for...

Macedonia 13:47

Greece’s Foreign Ministry wants to restrict use of the adjective “Macedonian”

The Greek Foreign Ministry instructed its representatives and the public service in Greece about the rules it wants to be followed when referring to Macedonia, following the Prespa treaty. According to the list of rules, published by the Greek state news agency ANA MPA, Greek representatives are supposed...

Macedonia 20:57

As of midnight, sheets of paper required to enter Greece out of use

As of midnight, the sheets of paper required to enter Greece are officially out of use, and the border can be freely crossed with a passport, Sitel reported. This comes after the Prespa Treaty entered into force a week ago, according to which a stamp with the new constitutional name of the country should...

Macedonia 13:29

No entry in Greece only with a stamp in the passport, sheet of paper still required

A team of TV Telma, which tried to cross the border to Greece this morning, said the stamp with the new name of the country that is applied on the passports – it’s not working. The Greeks still require filling a sheet of paper given at the border crossings, TV Telma reported.

Balkans 10:28

Tsipras nominates Greek President Pavlopoulos for a second term in office

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras proposed that President Prokopis Pavlopoulos is elected for a second term after his first term expires in 2020. Tsipras said that he believes that the President should be elected by consensus. Pavlopoulos comes from the conservative New Democracy party, but has cooperated...

Macedonia 11:22

New border crossing with Greece to open in the Prespa region

Working groups at technical level from the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece, as well as representatives of the European Union delegation, held Wednesday a meeting in Skopje to discuss the preparatory activities for opening a new border crossing in the Markova Noga area and the territory...

Macedonia 19:33

Greece officially notifies Macedonia that it ratified the NATO protocol, demands new steps in our name change

Greek officially notified Macedonia that the Greek Parliament ratified Macedonia’s NATO membership, as part of the treaty under which Macedonia should be renamed into North Macedonia. Under the treaty, Macedonia is supposed to publish the date when the treaty enters into force in its Official Gazette,...

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