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Former PM slams Tsipras over Prespes accord

Former conservative prime minister Antonis Samaras lambasted Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Saturday over the agreement signed between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) last June to resolve a long-standing dispute on the latter's name, saying it opens the door for more claims by the neighboring country.

Macedonia Moves Forward With Amnesty Law

The Macedonian parliament's so-called committee on reconciliation finished drafting a law on Wednesday offering an amnesty to those who took part in last year's violent rampage in parliament.

If matters go as planned, the law will soon find itself on the list for speedy adoption.

Small share of Greek taxpayers covers bulk of income tax revenues

Less than a fifth of Greek taxpayers cover 90 percent of the income tax the Greek state receives every year, while just a few enterprises pay the bulk of corporate tax, an economists' conference on the Greek budget for 2019 heard on Tuesday in Athens.

BBC: Bulgaria 'Smashes Fake Passport Scam'

Prosecutors in Bulgaria say they have smashed a passport scam which saw thousands fraudulently acquire Bulgarian citizenship - and with it, the right to travel and work throughout the European Union, reports BBC News. 

More than 20 people have been arrested, including officials.

Applicants are said to have paid up to $5,690 (£4,445) for fake certificates of Bulgarian origin.

New facility in the works for migrants arriving from Evros

Municipal authorities in Thessaloniki met Tuedsay with representatives of the Migration Ministry, the Greek Police and nongovernmental organizations to discuss the need for new facilities to accommodate hundreds of migrants arriving in the northern port from Evros.

Macedonia Races Against Time for Name Change

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Tuesday said that he is optimistic that the legal procedure for the adoption of the historic 'name' agreement with Greece will pass through parliament, gaining support from the required two-thirds majority.

Highway horror: 8 dead, at least 35 wounded/PHOTOS, VIDEOS

The Interior Ministry (MUP) announced this on Tuesday morning.

A press release said that the pile-ups happened in both directions of the highway at around 07:20 hours CET, involving multiple vehicles - more than 40 have been damaged, some completely.

B92.net has learned that 37 people have been injured, while the police put the number at between 35 and 40.

Migrants being moved into hotels and apartments to ease pressure on camps

As conditions at the 28 official migrant camps on the Greek mainland deteriorate under pressure from the transfer of thousands of people from inadequate facilities on the islands, many new arrivals are being placed in private apartments and hotels.

Serbs ask Kosovo police to protect their children

This came after a Serbian boy was arrested for defending his brother.

As reported by RTV Kim, in a letter to the police and the representatives of the interim council of the municipality of Orahovac, the parents claim their children are subject of frequent verbal attacks that have now escalated to threats with brass knuckles.

Frontex to Help Serbia Manage Migrant Challenge

Europe's Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and Serbia's Interior Minister, Nebojsa Stefanovic, on Thursday initialed an agreement on cooperation between Serbia and Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency.

Gov't spokesman concedes Lesvos migrant camp at its limits

The migrant reception center at Moria on Lesvos is at its limits, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos conceded on Tuesday in a briefing to journalists.

Responding to a question about the situation on the island, which remains a key destination for smuggling boats from Turkey, Tzanakopoulos said there are around 9,000 migrants living in the overcrowded Moria center.

Balkan Crime-Busting Operation Yields Drugs and Firearms

A major police action involving 8,300 police from 28 countries and designed to curb crime orginating from the Balkans has resulted in almost half a million people, vehicles and premises being checked on the ground, Europol said on Friday.

Police chief orders probe into journalist assault

The chief of the Greek Police (ELAS), Lieutenant General Aristides Andrikopoulos, ordered on Tuesday an internal investigation into a journalist's claims that he was verbally and physically attacked by riot police officers during a protest against the Macedonia name deal in Thessaloniki on Saturday.

Macedonia Criticised for 'Disappointing' Progress on Corruption

The Group of States against Corruption, GRECO said in its second compliance report, published on Thursday, that Macedonia has made no substantial progress in implementing recommendations on preventing corruption among MPs, judges and prosecutors.

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