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Government bonds advance as market softens view of Syriza

By David Goodman

Greece?s bonds climbed on Monday, with three-year yields dropping for a third day, amid easing concern that a victory for the anti-austerity Syriza party in this month?s elections would result in the nation leaving the euro region.

Bulgaria Trades More with EU, Less with Third Countries - NSI

Bulgaria has expanded its trade with the European Union (EU),while it has contracted its trade with third countries, shows National Statistical Institute (NSI) data, which was published on Monday.

In the period January - October 2014 Bulgarian exports to the EU amounted to BGN 22.4 B, recording an increase of 2.4 % compared to the same period in 2013.

EMY forecasts new wave of bad weather, islands to face more snow

Following a few days of relatively fair weather, the National Meteorological Service (EMY) on Monday issued an emergency bulletin, heralding a new cold snap with heavy rain, storms and snow forecast across much of the country.

Strong winds cause problems in Thessaloniki

Strong winds caused problems in Thessaloniki on Monday morning.

Road signs and scaffolding was blown onto a section of the city?s ring road, forcing it to be shut down.

A number of trees were blown over in various parts of the city, forcing the fire service to help clear roads and sidewalks.

Missing Bulgaria Intelligence Service ex-Head Surprisingly Returns

Petko Sertov, the former head of Bulgaria's security service DANS, has crossed into Bulgaria from the Greek border after having disappeared mysteriously last year, Interior Minister Veselin Vuchkov has confirmed.

Sertov arrived in Bulgaria at about 01:30 EET on Monday (23:30 GMT Sunday).

Samaras still trails SYRIZA going into last two weeks of campaign

By Marcus Bensasson

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras entered the two-week countdown to Jan. 25 elections with opinion polls showing he has so far failed to narrow the lead held by his main opponent, Alexis Tsipras of Syriza.

Uncertainty sees dozens of projects freeze

By Ilias Bellos

Investments and projects worth over 10 billion euros have ground to a halt in anticipation of the election result.

Turkish violations keep Greece on standby

Despite recent meetings with top-ranking Turkish government officials and the mutual expression of good intentions from both sides, Greek authorities remain on standby following a spike in violations of Greek air space by Turkish fighter jets, Kathimerini understands.

Health officials issue warning amid flu deaths

Health authorities in Greece have called on citizens to be particularly scrupulous with personal hygiene amid a spike in the number of flu cases which has led to five deaths this season, with another 10 people in intensive-care units.

Parties ratchet up campaigns as elections loom

With less than two weeks to go until critical snap elections, political parties are to ratchet up their rhetoric following a weekend of vehement campaigning that included Prime Minister Antonis Samaras pledging a series of tax cuts as part of a ?roadmap for a post-bailout Greece.?

Wave of interest in postgraduate studies

An increasing number of Greeks have signed up for postgraduate studies over the past five years in an apparent bid to boost their chances of finding a job in an increasingly tough market.

Greek PM to join French national unity rally in Paris on Sunday

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is expected to attend a French national unity rally in Paris on Sunday following an invitation from the country?s President Francois Hollande.

The peaceful march was organized in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris last Wednesday in which 12 people were shot dead by French-Algerian brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi.

Syrian migrants' tourist act fails to fool Patra police

A group of 29 Syrian migrants were arrested at the port of Patra, western Greece, on Saturday, after allegedly trying to board a ship destined for Italy using forged documents and posing as tourists.

Reports suggested they had each paid 3,000 euros to reach the Italian shore.