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FYROM at a crossroads as name deal referendum looms

The referendum this Sunday on in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on its name deal with Greece is seen as pivotal for the country's future and the involvement of NATO and the European Union in the western Balkans.

Hung out to dry

Again and again we keep seeing the government adopt measures that push the Greek public education system further away from international standards.

However, despite these ruthless and systematic efforts to bring down the standard of tertiary education in Greece, there are still small pockets of excellence that have managed to survive the onslaught.

Stefanidi nominated Europe's best female athlete

Katerina Stefanidi, Greece's pole vault master and owner of all major outdoor titles, was on Saturday nominated female Athlete of the Year by the European Athletic Association. The award ceremony will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland, on October 26. Stefanidi won the title in 2017. [EPA]

Macron urges FYROM citizens to back name change deal in Sept. 30 referendum

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday urged the citizens of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to support a name change deal with Greece in the September 30 referendum.

"I strongly support it and firmly believe this agreement is good for you, for the region and Europe," Macron was quoted as saying in a recorded video message.

Guide offers advice on waste management in tourism

The Greek Tourism Confederation Institute (INSETE) is calling on the state to introduce a pay-as-you-throw system, under which the amount that hotels and other tourism businesses pay in municipal taxes will be based on the amount of trash they produce, in a bid to bolster better waste management practices.

Transfer of refugees to mainland gets under way

Amid NGOs' scathing criticism of living conditions at the Moria migrant reception center on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos, some 217 asylum seekers were transferred to the mainland on Friday as efforts to reduce the overcrowding at the shelter got under way.

'One Macedonia' comment by FYROM PM retracted

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's (FYROM) state-run MIA news agency on Friday changed comments attributed to Prime Minister Zoran Zaev after an intervention by Athens.

Ruling party hogs talk show airtime on state TV in 2017

Officials from ruling SYRIZA took up 49 percent of airtime on talk shows hosted by Greece's private and public television stations in 2017, National Broadcasting Council (ESR) data show, with state channel ERT giving the leftist party 61.2 percent of its panel time.

Four million Greeks owe money to the state

The number of state debtors has quadrupled since Greece entered the bailout programs, as some 4 million Greeks owe money to the state now against just 1 million in 2010.

Notably, 87 percent of state debtors owe no more than 5,000 euros each.

The Independent Authority for Public Revenue sends letters to banks asking them to confiscate debtors' deposits every day.

Judges approve extradition of Chinese man over fraud charges

The Athens Council of Appeals has decided in favor of the extradition of a Chinese national to his home country to stand trial on financial fraud charges.

The 53-year-old has been in Greece since 2017 and was apprehended in early August on an arrest warrant issued by Interpol.

Our national sport on foreign fields

The government spokesman was enraged, accusing Kyriakos Mitsotakis of "never missing an opportunity to defame Greece abroad," following the opposition leader's comments at a European People's Party summit on Wednesday.

Damaged trust

Every time that Greek government officials get the chance to speak to foreign investors, they unfortunately realize the extent of the damage caused by the coalition's foot-dragging and the occasional wars it declares on certain major - if not emblematic - investment projects that the country so desperately needs to get back on its feet. 

Growing concern about child refugees as EU leaders remain split

As concerns grow about worsening conditions at reception facilities on the Aegean islands, European Union leaders meeting in Salzburg, Austria, on Thursday discussed migration pressure on the bloc's external borders, but divisions remained over how to tackle the problem. 

UN chief says FYROM name deal 'very positive'

Speaking ahead of the September 30 referendum in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to change the Balkan country's official name following an agreement with neighboring Greece in June, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Friday described the name deal as being "very positive."