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Greece offers permanent residence to 35 Afghans from North Macedonia

Greece offers permanent residence to 35 Afghans from North Macedonia A group of 35 Afghan nationals departed North Macedonia on Thursday for Greece, where they have been offered permanent residence, North Macedonia’s government announced on Thursday. This group comprises human rights and women’s rights activists and their families. Some 407 Afghan nationals who were transferred […]

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Season’s first snow falls in Western Macedonia

Season’s first snow falls in Western Macedonia The first snowfall of the autumn season made its appearance in the highlands of Western Macedonia in northern Greece on Thursday. According to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA), the town of Nymphaio had received 15cm by midday after the snow started falling in the early hours of Thursday. […]

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Germany’s WPD to build wind farm in North Macedonia

Germany’s WPD to build wind farm in North Macedonia German renewable energy company WPD will build a €500 million wind farm in northeastern North Macedonia, its prime minister announced on Tuesday. Zoran Zaev said the planned 415 megawatt project is the largest German investment in the country and the biggest in the field of green […]

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North Macedonia must stick to Prespes deal

North Macedonia must stick to Prespes deal Delays in launching accession talks with the European Union are taking a hefty toll on public support for the European integration project in North Macedonia, the Balkan country’s President Stevo Pendarovski tells Kathimerini in an interview after his visit to Athens. Pendarovski, who became the first president of […]

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North Macedonia president pays first state visit to Greece

North Macedonia president pays first state visit to Greece The president of North Macedonia paid the country’s first state visit to Greece on Tuesday as the neighboring nations continue working to move past decades-old disputes. President Stevo Pendarovski met in Athens with Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, seeking support for his […]

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North Macedonia holds 8 for antiquities smuggling, illegal digs

North Macedonia holds 8 for antiquities smuggling, illegal digs Eight men have been arrested in North Macedonia accused of participating in multiple illegal excavations across the country to sell antiquities abroad, police said Thursday. The Interior Ministry said police had raided homes and other premises linked with the suspects at 10 locations in the southern […]

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EU to speed up talks with Albania, North Macedonia

EU to speed up talks with Albania, North Macedonia The European Commission is hoping to start accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia before the end of the year, its president, Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday, as she began a regional tour ahead of the EU-Western Balkans summit on October 6. “Allow me to […]

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Vermont National Guard highlights work with North Macedonia

Vermont National Guard highlights work with North Macedonia The Vermont National Guard is exploring ways to increase the state’s cooperation with North Macedonia, which joined NATO last year. On Tuesday North Macedonia Defense Minister Radmila Shekerinska and Major General Gregory Knight, the head of the Vermont National Guard, visited the Statehouse in Montpelier as part […]

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Aegae: The Cradle of Ancient Macedonia

Aegae: The Cradle of Ancient Macedonia A golden crown found in the burial tombs at Aegae, or Vergina. Credit: Tilo 2005/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 2.0 The archaeological site of Aegae, next to the contemporary town of Vergina, was the first capital of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia. The site is located 65 km (40 miles) […]

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North Macedonia health minister quits over deadly Covid hospital fire

North Macedonia health minister quits over deadly Covid hospital fire North Macedonia’s health minister resigned late Friday, nearly two days after a fire tore through a Covid-19 field hospital killing 12 patients and two visiting relatives. Venko Filipče made the announcement shortly after his deputy minister and two senior hospital administrators also stepped down. There […]

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DESPA and North Macedonia counterpart sign natgas interconnector agreement

DESPA and North Macedonia counterpart sign natgas interconnector agreement Greece’s gas grid operator DESPA and North Macedonia’s NER JSC Skopje on Friday signed a technical cooperation agreement for the development and construction of a pipeline that will interconnect the natural gas grids of the two countries. The agreement was signed during the 5th Southeast Energy […]

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FM Dendias meets with North Macedonia PM Zaev

FM Dendias meets with North Macedonia PM Zaev Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, who is on an official visit to Skopje, met with North Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Tuesday.  The meeting focused on bilateral cooperation in the economy, investments and commerce, energy, transport and the tackling of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Greek Foreign Ministry […]

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Greece’s Tsipras Gets Peace Award for Prespa Deal with North Macedonia

Greece’s Tsipras Gets Peace Award for Prespa Deal with North Macedonia Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras receive the award in Germany for their initiative in striking the Prespa agreement in 2018. Credit: Facebook/SYRIZA Former Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras and his North Macedonia counterpart, Zoran Zaev, were honored in Germany on Saturday for reaching […]

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Greece’s Tsipras Gets Award for Prespa Deal with North Macedonia

Greece’s Tsipras Gets Award for Prespa Deal with North Macedonia Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras receive the award in Germany for their initiative in striking the Prespa agreement in 2018. Credit: Facebook/SYRIZA Former Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras and his North Macedonia counterpart, Zoran Zaev, were honored in Germany on Saturday for reaching the […]

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North Macedonia to accept 450 Afghan refugees

North Macedonia to accept 450 Afghan refugees North Macedonia will by the end of the week temporarily take in 450 Afghans fleeing the Taliban takeover of their country and seeking visas to enter the United States, the Skopje government said on Tuesday. North Macedonia is the third country in the Western Balkans, along with Albania […]

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A Mini-Schengen in the Balkans

A Mini-Schengen in the Balkans The leaders of Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania agreed last Thursday to open their borders to one another, allowing free passage to their respective citizens, goods and capital as of January 1, 2023. They named their initiative “Open Balkans” or “Mini-Schengen” – after the European Union’s free travel zone – […]

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22 July 1943: The Day Greeks Rebelled Against the Nazis for Macedonia

22 July 1943: The Day Greeks Rebelled Against the Nazis for Macedonia A riot breaks out in Athens during the Nazi occupation for Macedonia. Public Domain Greeks have a passionate love affair with Macedonia, and even during the darkest hour of modern Greek history during the brutal occupation of the Nazis they were prepared to […]

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Ten Things to Do in Kavala: The Beautiful Gateway to Macedonia

Ten Things to Do in Kavala: The Beautiful Gateway to Macedonia The city of Kavala, Northern Greece. Credit: st.delis/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 The city of Kavala in Northern Greece, which rises up from the sea like an amphitheater, is a gem waiting to be explored for its rich history and beautiful surroundings. This coastal city, which […]

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Snowshoeing through misinformation

Snowshoeing through misinformation While on a winter excursion to the region of Grevena in Western Macedonia a few years ago, I happened to borrow a pair of snowshoes – a lightweight base which is attached to the sole of your boot and allows you to walk on soft snow without sinking into it. After I […]

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Greece, North Macedonia sign deal for construction of natgas interconnector

Greece, North Macedonia sign deal for construction of natgas interconnector Greece and North Macedonia on Friday signed an agreement for the construction of a pipeline that will interconnect the natural gas grids of the two countries. The agreement was signed by Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas and North Macedonia’s Economy Minister Kreshnik Bekteshi, in […]

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Sources: Greece, North Macedonia to sign agreement for natgas interconnector on Fri.

Sources: Greece, North Macedonia to sign agreement for natgas interconnector on Fri. Greece and its northern neighbor, the Republic of North Macedonia, will reportedly announce an agreement to commence construction on a natural gas inter-connector pipeline linking the two countries. Sources told ot.gr that the agreement will be unveiled on Friday, on the sidelines of […]

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Zaev applies for new North Macedonia passport

Zaev applies for new North Macedonia passport The prime minister of North Macedonia has applied for a new passport bearing the country’s constitutional name of Republic of Northern Macedonia, according to reports. A government source told the the pro-government Sloboden Pechat daily hat Zoran Zaev had applied for a new diplomatic passport. Zaev had stated […]

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Revisiting Greece-North Macedonia relations

Revisiting Greece-North Macedonia relations By Angelos Athanasopoulos Who would have imagined that certain people here in Athens would reach the point of being glad that Bulgaria is “playing tough” and is blocking the start of North Macedonia’s accession talks, so as to wreak vengeance for the treacherous Prespa Agreement that “gave it all away” to […]

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Greece, Albania, North Macedonia in joint action for Prespa

Greece, Albania, North Macedonia in joint action for Prespa Eleven years since the founding of the Transboundary Prespa Park following a joint declaration by the three countries that share the Prespa basin, Greece, Albania and North Macedonia confirmed their commitment to protecting the natural and cultural heritage of what was the first transboundary protected area […]

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US stages dynamic return to the Balkans

US stages dynamic return to the Balkans By publicly calling his country just “Macedonia,” Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has in a sense violated the regulations of the 2018 Prespes agreement; a bilateral pact between Greece and North Macedonia concerning the country’s name. According to US President Joe Biden’s recent executive order for the Western Balkans, […]

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Tsipras: Implementation of Prespa Accord with Northern Macedonia the key to the future

Tsipras: Implementation of Prespa Accord with Northern Macedonia the key to the future By Aris Ravanos Main opposition SYRIZA leader and former PM Alexis Tsipras while on a visit to Northern Macedonia today declared that implementation of the Prespa Agreement that he and Northern Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev signed (June, 2018) is the best […]

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Zaev: North Macedonia to begin issuing new passports bearing state’s constitutional name

Zaev: North Macedonia to begin issuing new passports bearing state’s constitutional name North Macedonia will begin issuing new passports bearing the state’s constitutional name, with its prime minister stating that he will receive his on Monday. Zoran Zaev also confirmed that federations in the country which have not changed their name to reflect the terms […]

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Greek chief negotiator in ‘Macedonia’ naming dispute dies

Greek chief negotiator in ‘Macedonia’ naming dispute dies Greek diplomat Adamantios Vassilakis, who served as the country’s chief negotiator in the UN-sponsored talks over the name of North Macedonia, has died at 79. Born on June 13, 1942 in Chios, Vassilakis joined the Diplomatic Service in 1972 and during his tenure served in key positions […]

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The Prespes agreement should not be violated

The Prespes agreement should not be violated Much has been written about the North Macedonia national soccer team’s use of the name “Macedonia” in the European soccer championship taking place at the moment. It was obviously a bad move. A few nationalists may have rejoiced, but the country did not gain anything – quite the […]

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North Macedonia thanks Serbia for vaccine solidarity

North Macedonia thanks Serbia for vaccine solidarity As a gesture of gratitude for several vaccine donations and free vaccination for their country’s nationals in neighboring Serbia, authorities in North Macedonia have decided to grant a free toll for Serbian tourists traveling on vacation to Greece. Each vehicle with Serbian registration plates is given a card […]

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