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Vucic: Macedonia has sincere friend in Serbia

BELGRADE - Macedonia has a sincere friend in Serbia, whose commitment to good relations and improvement of cooperation is not called into question, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said at a meeting with Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev in Belgrade on Tuesday.

Vucic expressed Serbia's support for Macedonia on the European path, the presidential press office said in a statement.

Macedonia has sincere friend in Serbia - Vucic

Macedonia has a sincere friend in Serbia, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said during his meeting in Belgrade on Tuesday with Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev.

According to Vucic, the common goal and the greatest interest of both countries "must be peace and stability in the region."

A joint Meeting of the Macedonian and Serbian Government will be Held Early Next Year

A joint meeting of the Macedonian and Serbian government will be held early next year. This was announced at a meeting in Belgrade between Prime Ministers Anna Brnabic and Zoran Zaev, reported BGNES. 

Before the meeting with Vucic, Zaev met with Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic at the Palace of Serbia. 

Brussels will Propose to Start Negotiations with Macedonia Next Year about Joining the EU

A lot of progress has been made in Macedonia, the European Commission and the EU member states are now seeing more positives about the country's situation and the opportunity to start the accession talks.

This was stated by EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn at a press conference in Skopje with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

Macedonia's Lonely Church Seeks Bulgarian 'Parent'

Macedonia's unrecogised Orthodox Church has startled the Orthodox world - and possibly started a new conflict with the Church in Serbia, by asking the Bulgarian Orthodox Church to assume a form of parental authority over it.

The Bulgarian Church told BIRN on Monday that it will probably discuss the unusual request from the Macedonian Orthodox Church at a meeting set for November 27.

Skopje keen to resolve name dispute

Ahead of his meeting this week in Athens with Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, the deputy prime minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) says that resolving the decades-long name dispute with Greece is a top priority of the new socialist government in Skopje.

Realistic goals

Every country needs to pursue a staunch foreign policy line and Greece's major strategic threat is Turkey. Turkey is, and should be, Athens's top priority. Other foreign policy issues, such as the name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) or Greek-Albanian ties, are of course important, but they are not issues to top the agenda.

The Greek regions that performed well and bad in tourism

The regions of Greece that performed poorly in key tourism indicators such as revenues, overnight stays and visits included, western Macedonia, Central Greece and the Peloponnese. In contrast, the “winners” of the increase in tourists were the South Aegean, Crete, Attica and Central Macedonia, which achieved notably positive results in all three indicators.

Greek-FYROM name talks rescheduled for mid-December

Greece and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia representatives will meet in Brussels on December 11-12 to start talks on the name issue and discuss ways to solve this pending issue, FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told reporters on Friday.

Average tourist in Greece spends 67 euros a day, study finds

The average tourist visiting Greece spends 6.5 nights in the country and 67 euros per day, a new study on visitor spending for the first half of 2017 by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises Institute (INSETE) has found.

UN Mediator Schedules New Macedonia 'Name' Talks

The UN mediator in the dispute over Macedonia's name, US diplomat Matthew Nimetz, has set a date for a fresh round of talks on the issue, which is holding up Macedonia's Euro-Atlantic integration, for December 11-12 in Brussels.

"The meeting is part of the United Nations' efforts to assist the sides in finding a mutually acceptable solution to the name issue," the UN statement reads.

Bad weather lashes western and central Macedonia

EMAK rescue workers on Friday saved a family of four livestock farmers who were trapped by torrential rains on the outskirts of Variko, a village in western Macedonia, brought on by the same low pressure system that caused Wednesday's deadly floods in Attica.

Macedonian PM: 'We Are not Only Friends with Bulgaria, but We Have Become Allies

''We are not only friends with Bulgaria, but we have become allies.'' This is what Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said in an interview with bTV.

"Macedonia has won the neighborhood Agreement with Bulgaria and has lost nothing, we speak in a language that we understand, only together we can help each other and move forward," Zaev said.

Thessaloniki mayor Boutaris blunder: Calls FYROM “Macedonia” (video)

Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris made another blunder on the heated topic of the name of FYROM,  after calling the small nation to the north of Greece’s borders “Macedonia” during his meeting with the Balkan country’s President Gjorge Ivanov and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Thursday. The meeting explored the prospects of furthering business collaborations between the Greek city and Skopje.