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Name sign comes down at FYROM airport

Workers remove the letters of the sign reading 'Alexander the Great Airport' on the front of the airport building near Skopje, on Saturday.

FYROM PM Zaev sees name solution as early as end of March

All those involved in negotiations aimed at resolving a dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia over the latter's name are keen to reach a solution by the end of March, FYROM's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said in comments published by the Balkan Insight website on Friday.

Proactive diplomacy

Greece's ongoing negotiations with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the latter's name entail a serious risk.

If talks collapse, it will be of major importance which side is blamed for the failure. The government in Skopje, led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, has been very active, forging alliances and cultivating a positive image regarding its intentions.

Merkel reassures Tsipras of support regarding Turkish aggression in Aegean

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly told Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that Berlin's support is "clear and self-evident" when he raised the issue of Turkish aggressions in the Aegean on Friday on the sidelines of a European Union leaders' summit in Brussels.

PM to discuss FYROM, Turkey on sidelines of EU summit

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was in Brussels on Friday for a European Union leaders summit on the sidelines of which he was expected to have talks with several leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the progress of negotiations on the Macedonia name issue and on a recent increase in Turkish aggression in the region. 

Tsipras, Merkel to meet as Skopje leaders tour EU cities to showcase 'good will'

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to discuss the name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) during his meeting today with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the informal summit of 27 European Union leaders in Brussels on Friday.  

Lavrov: NATO, EU reason behind unhealthy situation in Europe

Some NATO and EU member states seek to raise tensions in Europe, making the situation in the region unhealthy, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday, following talks with his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic.

Russian FM attends unveiling of mosaic in Church of St. Sava

Among those attending the unveiling on Thursday were Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Serbian Patriarch Irinej.

Vucic recalled that 70 artists from Russia and Serbia worked to create the decoration, made in Moscow - "weaving in millions of glittering pieces into one single message of brotherhood and solidarity."

Statues being removed from Skopje in move seen to appease Greece

After taking down the signposts bearing the name Alexander the Great for its main airport and a key highway, the government in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) has started taking down statues that could be interpreted as symbolizing irredentist ambitions against Greece.

Kammenos says he disagrees with gov't handling of FYROM name talks

Panos Kammenos, the leader of Greece's junior coalition partner Independent Greeks, said on Wednesday that he disagrees with the leftist-led government's handling of ongoing name talks with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

An Earthquake of Magnitude 4.8 on the Richter Scale in Plovdiv And Asenovgrad

A 4.8 earthquake on the Richter scale was felt in  Plovdiv and Asenovgrad, the correspondent of BGNES reported. The epicenter of the earthquake is 2 km north-east of Asenovgrad, 17 km southeast of Plovdiv with a depth of 10 km.

Some citizens who are closer to the epicenter in Asenovgrad and the surrounding area report that they have experienced intense and prolonged shaking.

Merkel upbeat on name solution

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday hailed progress in talks between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, noting that a solution appeared "close."

"I am very pleased and relieved that... there is movement in the talks," Merkel told a press conference in Berlin with FYROM's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

"Alexander of Macedonia" no more: Highway name changed

Macedonia recently also decided to rename Skopje's Alexander the Great Airport. This is taking place amid negotiations with Greec, aimed at resolving the decades-long dispute between the two countries over the name of Macedonia.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Monday that he would visit Skopje "in the next few days" and bring with him a proposal to resolve the dispute.