Thessaloniki also known as Thessalonica, Salonika or Salonica, is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of the region of Macedonia. Greeks consider it like συμπρωτεύουσα (the associated-capital) of the Northern Greece. Indeed, Thessaloniki was already the largest city of the Byzantine Empire after Constantinople.

Country: Greece Population: 385 406

Kaminis and Boutaris hold seats but other key municipalities change hands

Giorgos Kaminis and Yiannis Boutaris retained the mayorships of Athens and Thessaloniki in the second round of local elections on Sunday but there were changes in key Greek cities.

Patra, Greece’s third largest city, was won by Communist Party candidate Costas Peletidis. In Iraklio, Crete, independent hopeful Vassilis Lambrinos beat PASOK-backed incumbent Yiannis Kourakis.

Kaminis, Boutaris keep mayoral seats

Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis appeared to have held on to his seat in local authority elections after his leftist challenger conceded defeat, although the race for Attica governor remained too close to call late on Sunday night while a number of independents beat government-backed candidates in other key seats.

Up to 20 tons of campaign material to be collected in Athens after Sunday

Up to 20 tons of campaign posters and leaflets are expected to be collected by municipal workers in Athens in the wake of local and European elections on Sunday, Skai reports.

The amount of trash in Thessaloniki, Greece's northern port city, is expected to reach 15 tons, according to the same report.

Illegal cigarettes seized in Thessaloniki warehouse

Members of the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) confiscated over 1.3 million packs of contraband cigarettes in a warehouse located the area of Kalochori, near the northern port city of Thessaloniki on Tuesday, Greek police said in a statement on Wednesday.

A truck bearing Bulgarian plates and heating devices were also discovered in the warehouse, according to early reports.

Rail traffic Belgrade - Thessaloniki, Sofia back to normal

BELGRADE - Serbian Railways restored on Tuesday evening the international rail traffic with Greece and Bulgaria on the entire stretch from Belgrade to Thessaloniki and Sofia.

On Wednesday, Serbian Railways will get back to normal the international passenger traffic from Belgrade to Montenegro and Macedonia.

Samaras calls for stability after New Democracy's mixed results in local polls

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has challenged voters to show that “Greece has the stability it deserves” in next Sunday’s European Parliament elections and second round of local polls after voting in the first round on Sunday brought mixed results for the conservatives.