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Macedonia Launches Construction of Key Motorways

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski announced over the weekend the start of work on the two new motorway segments financed by a loan of 574 million euro from the Chinese Export-Import Bank.

Macedonia and Greece sign military pact

Macedonia and Greece sign military pact

The two countries signed a plan for co-operation specifying joint activities this year.

Macedonia and Greece defence ministers Talat Xhaferi and Dimitris Avramopoulos at the signing of the bilateral plan for co-operation in Athens.[Macedonia Ministry of Defence]

Dacic to attend EBRD conference in London on Monday

BELGRADE - Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic will participate in the high-level regional conference of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) which will be held in London on Monday under the title 'Investing in the Western Balkans'.

National Theater to perform in Turkey

BELGRADE - Belgrade's National Theater will participate in the first International Balkan Countries' Theater Festival to be held in the Turkish city of Bursa on March 8-22, with their production of William Shakespeare's Henry VI, National Theater released on Thursday.

Besides the host country, the festival will gather theaters from Croatia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece and Romania.

Venizelos Sounds Upbeat on Name Dispute With Macedonia

Greek Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos - whose country holds the EU presidency - said he felt more optimistic on the “name” dispute after meeting Macedonian leaders on Thursday.

Tentative deal for extension agreed at Eurogroup

Greece and the Eurogroup agreed on Friday a deal to extend the country?s loan agreement for another four months, pending on lenders approving reform proposals due to be submitted by the Greek side on Monday.

Greece has turned a page, says gov't official

The government welcomed an agreement by eurozone finance ministers in Brussels late on Friday to extend Greece?s financial rescue by four months, saying it would give the newly-installed administration time to negotiate a new deal.

Greece deal reached as finance chiefs agree on funding extension

By Karl Stagno Navarra and Jonathan Stearns

Euro-area finance ministers reached an accord that would keep bailout funds flowing to Greece in return for a commitment to meet certain conditions, buying time to work out the detail of longer-term Greek financing.

Foreign Minister stresses Greek role in regional stability

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias used his appearance at a meeting of Med Group diplomats in Paris on Friday to stress the geopolitical importance of Greece?s eurozone partners helping to prevent the country?s economic collapse.

Greek Deputy Prime Minister Visits Macedonia

The Greek visit, taking place within the capacity of Greece’s EU presidency, is not expected to result in a breakthrough in the "name" dispute that has been poisoning relations for decades and blocking Macedonia’s EU and NATO integration.

Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum exibits in Belgrade

BELGRADE - The exhibition of photographs from the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum opened in Belgrade's National Museum late on Wednesday in honour of the Greek presidency in the Council of Ministers of the EU.

Hamam Balkania published by Istros Books

BELGRADE - Hamam Balkania by Vladislav Bajac translated into English by Randall Major has been published by London-based Istros Books, the Belgrade-based publishing house Arhipelag stated on Wednesday.

Istros Books is a UK publishing house dedicated to literature from south-eastern Europe.

Romania's GDP growth leads the EU

Romania's GDP growth leads the EU

Quarterly economic growth registers at 1.7 percent in Romania, Eurostat says. In other business news: Turkey ranks third in a list of the world's friendliest destinations for Muslim travellers; Albania encourages Italian investment.

The GDP in Romania grew by 5.1 percent this year. [AFP]

International wine fair to open on February 27

BELGRADE - The International Wine Fair BeoWine will be held in Belgrade from February 27 to March 2 and it will gather over 140 presenters from 13 countries famous for their rich wine production tradition.