Southern EU leaders express support for Cyprus amid Turkish energy ambitions

The leaders of France, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain on Friday expressed their unreserved support for the Republic of Cyprus' right to drill for gas in its exclusive economic zone and called on Turkey to respect international law and the principles of good neighborly relations.

EU must take 'specific measures' against Turkey's 'illegal behavior,' says PM

The European Union should take "specific measures" against Turkey if Ankara persists with its "illegal behavior" in the eastern Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told the South EU Summit in Malta on Friday.

"The key pillar of our position is respect for international law and that anyone who doesn't respect it should face the consequences," Tsipras told the summit.

Bulgaria Among 13 Countries with a Declaration on Accelerated EU Integration of the Western Balkans

Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva, together with the ministers of 12 other EU member states, urged acceleration of the European integration of the Western Balkans, the press center of the MFA announced.

Euro 2020 qualifiers: Malta 0-4 Romania

Romania defeated Malta 4-0 (3-0) on Monday night at the Ta'Qali National Stadium in a Group F EURO 2020 qualifier. The Romanian side won their first ever match against the Maltese side thanks to the goals scored by George Puscas (7, 29), Alexandru Chipciu (34) and Dennis Man (90 + 1). Romania will play their next qualifier against Spain, on the National Arena in Bucharest on September 5.

Greek beaches among cleanest, report shows

Ninety-seven percent of bathing sites monitored last year in Greece were found to have excellent water quality, according to a report by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) published Thursday.
The annual report monitors bathing sites across the European Union that meet the "most stringent quality standards for water cleanliness."