Latest News from Macedonia

Earthquake Measuring 3.8 on the Richter Scale Was Registered in Macedonia

An earthquake of magnitude 3.8 on the Richter scale was registered last night in Macedonia, at 2:20 local time (3:20 Bulgarian time).

According to the European Mediterranean Seismic Center, the depth of the earthquake is 2 kilometers. The epicenter was 6 kilometers east from Struga and 80 kilometers from the Albanian capital Tirana.

Mitsotakis to boost brand of Macedonia

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis told industrialists from northern Greece on Thursday that his government will promote and highlight the Macedonia brand name and substantially improve road infrastructure in the region.

Merkel Reassures North Macedonia on EU Talks

After a 40-minute meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, North Macedonia voiced optimism about getting a start date set for EU accession talks, saying that Merkel had informed Prime Minister Zorav Zaev that the Bundestag would adopt a decision supporting a start date for talks in September.

The Netherlands Has Blocked Negotiations with Albania For the EU

The Dutch parliament opposed the start of negotiations with Albania last night but rejected the same resolution that concerns Northern Macedonia.

Dutch Parliament voted four resolutions on EU enlargement yesterday but only Albania has won a majority of votes, including the ruling, with 105 votes out of 150 MPs in parliament.

Global Peace Index Shows Balkans Getting More Peaceful

The latest Global Peace Index published by the International Institute for Economics and Peace, an independent think tank that aims to measure peace and stability in the world, says the world was a slightly more peaceful place last year.

Half of Bulgaria's Exports are for 6 Countries

In the first four months of the year, exports of goods from Bulgaria to third countries grew by 14.7% compared to the same period of the previous year and amounted to 5.9 billion levs. Bulgaria's main trading partners are Turkey, China, Serbia, the USA, Northern Macedonia, which accounted for 51.9% of the exports to third countries, according to data from the National Statistical Institute.

Czech Republic urges EU to start talks with North Macedonia

The Czech prime minister has urged the European Union to start accession talks with North Macedonia, saying failure to do so would send the wrong message to would-be members of the bloc.
Andrej Babish said EU leaders should "keep their word" in starting negotiations with the small Balkan country, which changed its name under a deal to normalize relations with neighboring Greece.

Ekaterina Zaharieva: We Must Speed Up the Construction of Corridor № 8

We must speed up the construction of pan-European corridor № 8, said Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva after the first meeting of the inter-governmental commission for the implementation review of the Treaty of Friendship, Good neighbourhood and Cooperation with North Macedonia.

Meteorologists forecast slight dip in sweltering weather

After a sweltering weekend that saw temperatures reach as high as 39 degrees Celsius in the Peloponnese, meteorologists forecast a dip early in the week. 

According to counting stations of the National Observatory of Athens, temperatures reached 38.9 in Messinia, 38.5 in Aitoloacarnania, 38.2 in Ileia, 37.7 in Agrinio and 37.3 in Trikala.

Mini-heat wave expected over weekend

Temperatures are forecast to peak over the weekend, reaching 35 degrees Celsius on the mainland on Saturday with a high of 33C in Athens and up to 37C in central Macedonia.

Conditions are expected to be sweltering again on Sunday, with particularly high temperatures in western parts of the country.

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