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Ries: Security in Europe depends on stability in the Balkans

Peace and security in Europe depends on achieving stability in the Western Balkans, Charles Ries, who served as US ambassador to Greece from 2004 to 2007 and principal deputy assistant secretary of state for European affairs from 2000 to 2004, has told Kathimerini in an interview.

NY memorial planned for Greek sailors' contributions to WWII victory

The more than 2,000 Greek sailors who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for freedom on the Atlantic Ocean, perhaps the last unsung heroes of WWII, will finally be honored thanks to the East Mediterranean Business Cultural Alliance (EMBCA), which is seeking to build a monument to their memory in Manhattan.

Hospitals fill up with flu patients as virus takes toll

With mortalities from the flu reportedly so far exceeding 40 in Greece since October, hundreds of people with symptoms of the H1N1 virus are reportedly arriving at state hospitals which are struggling to prevent its spread among medical staff.

ELTA has two days to find salary cash

Hellenic Post (ELTA) has until Thursday to pay its staff wages for the first half of February, and it appears the sum required has not yet been secured. Sources say the management of Greece's mail service is seeking ways to obtain the amount, which is estimated at some 8 million euros.

The market thermometer

Of all the phrases coined by the leftist government of Alexis Tsipras, that referring to a "political negotiation" is perhaps the best reflection of the administration's understanding of how to manage the economy. When the numbers didn't add up, the government would simply say it needed to conduct a political negotiation. The tactic sometimes worked.

No deal yet on debtor protection

The meeting between bank managers and government officials chaired by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at his office on Monday evening regarding the plan to provide protection for debtors' main residence ended inconclusively.

Rescue ship named after drowned Syrian toddler

Abdullah Kurdi sits in front of the German NGO "Sea-Eye" rescue ship named after his son Alan Kurdi, during the ship's inauguration in Palma de Mallorca, Spai, Sunday.

Chocolate Fest | Athens | February 14-17

Greece's biggest festival dedicated to chocolate takes place at the Technopolis cultural complex from February 14 to 17, and besides lots of chocolate tasting and presentations of sweet and savory delights, there will also be parallel events and parties. Doors open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and admission costs 3 euros.

Technopolis, 100 Pireos, Gazi, tel 216.800.4868

Bella Bulgaria Plans to Invest BGN 15 Million and Enter the Serbian Market

The Bulgarian food company "Bella Bulgaria" started 2019 with a large investment program in the production, storage and export of food. The company invests over BGN 15 million in the implementation of ultramodern automated lines and quality control systems, the construction of new warehouses in the country.

FYROM raises NATO flag ahead of name change

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) has raised a NATO flag at its main government building, as members of the alliance continued to ratify the country's accession agreement.

FYROM prepares for name change

Authorities in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) began removing official signs from government buildings and streets in the capital Skopje early on Monday to replace them with new ones featuring the country's new name, North Macedonia.

Thassos murderer Theofilos Sechidis found dead in prison

Theofilos Sechidis, who shocked Greece with the quintuple murder of his family in the 1990s, was found dead on Tuesday at the psychiatric ward of Korydallos prison.

According to information, the 46-year-old convict died while he was in a shower. No further details were immediately available on the cause of death.