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Did Greece win the name dispute? Should it?

Conventional wisdom has it that the Macedonia dispute is an issue of national importance for Greece. But what kind of issue is it exactly? And how is Greece performing?

Serbian pensioners risk poverty less than many in EU

According to EU's statistical agency's analysis covering 2017, pensioners at risk of poverty in the European Union was estimated to be 14.2 percent, slightly above the figure of 13.8 percent in 2016. The rate has been rising gradually since 2013, when it was 12.6 percent, the organization has announced.

Germany says Prespes deal adoption is 'victory for diplomacy'

Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas welcomed the adoption of the name agreement signed between Athens and Skopje by the Greek Parliament on Friday as a "victory for diplomacy" and "great news for Europe," and hailed the leading role of Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev.

Pope Francis Arrived in Panama

Pope Francis suggested on Wednesday that hostility to immigrants was driven by irrational fear, as he headed to Central America, a staging area from where migrants try to enter the United States, reported Reuters. 

Greek MPs to vote on Macedonia name deal: ANA

The Greek parliament will vote late Jan. 24 on a deal to change Macedonia's name to the Republic of North Macedonia, the Athens News Agency reported.

Process of Ratification of the Name of Macedonia Begins

In the Greek Parliament, the ratification procedures of the Prespa agreement with Skopje are underway.

Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters outside parliament on Sunday (20 January) as tens of thousands of Greeks rallied in Athens to protest ahead of a parliamentary vote to ratify a name deal with Macedonia due this week, reported Euroactive.

Protest against Prespes deal underway

The protest against the deal renaming the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) North Macedonia is underway outside the Greek Parliament.

There was a scuffle with police a few minutes ago, as protesters tried to scale the steps leading to the Parliament. Police used tear gas to repel them.

A solution that is not harmful to Greece

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's Parliament has ratified the Prespes accord and incorporated the key provisions in the country's constitution.

Electronic cigarettes seen behind drop in tobacco smokers, study shows

Electronic cigarettes have played a significant role in the reduction of tobacco smokers in Greece, according to the results of a study commissioned by the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens, the National School of Public Health and the universities of Patra and Macedonia.

"No wonder NATO and US were happy with outcome in Skopje"

Beta agency reported this on Monday, citing an article published in Moscow-based daily Kommersant.

The newspaper, however, noted that there are now difficulties in the Greek parliament, which also needs to ratify the Prespa agreement. Namely, the Independent Greeks party opposes it and has left the ruling coalition.

"Let's open borders between Montenegro, Serbia, and RS"

The initiative by these two opposition politicians in Montenegro is addressed at Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, and the chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina Milorad Dodik.

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.