Latest News from Macedonia

Bulgarian MEP Calls for Restoring Trust between Bulgaria and North Macedonia

Ilhan Kyuchyuk, the European Parliament's standing rapporteur for North Macedonia, is on an official visit to Skopje. He has already met with North Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski, PM Zoran Zaev, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bujar Osmani, Vice-PM Nikola Dimitrov, Minister of Local Self-Government Goran Milevski and opposition party leader Hristijan Mickoski.

16 patients died, 1.386 newly infected

16 people died.
There are now 3.846 patients in hospital, of which 134 are on respirators.
Since the outbreak of the epidemic in Serbia, 2.770.169 people have been tested, and 420.879 cases of infection have been confirmed.
A total of 4.230 people died, and the mortality rate is 1.01 percent.

Greek tax officer dies 7 months after axe attack in office

A tax office employee who had been attacked with an axe in his workplace nearly seven months ago has died, a Greek hospital administrator said Sunday.

The 56-year-old employee, who had serious head injuries and was in a coma, died late Saturday, Eleni Takouda, administrator of the private "Blue Cross" clinic in Thessaloniki told the Associated Press Sunday.

Cold front Medea advances south

Cold weather front "Medea" is increasingly making its presence felt by expanding into southern Greece, meteorologists say.

In the northern central Macedonia region, snowfall continues but has abated, according to local authorities, but frost will settle in and make roads treacherous, meteorologists warn. Local authorities say traveling could be treacherous without snow chains.

Snowfall and freezing temperatures hit northern Greece

Northern regions of Greece started seeing snow on Saturday, as a low pressure system, named Medea by the Athens Astronomical Observatory, started sweeping through the country.

Bulgaria's Trade Deficit Shrinks by Nearly 31% in 2020

The deficit in Bulgaria's foreign trade last year amounted to BGN 5.202 billion, according to preliminary data from the National Statistical Institute (NSI).

For comparison, in the period from January to December 2019 the foreign trade balance (exports FOB - imports CIF) was in the red by BGN 7.530 billion, which means that the decrease is nearly 31%.

Evros residents denounce visiting migration minister

Residents of Orestiada in the Evros border region in northwestern Greece greeted visiting Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis on Monday with a hail of stones, firecrackers, eggs and plastic cups of coffee to express their opposition to government plans to increase the capacities of the local reception and identification center for asylum seekers and the pre-departure detention facility.

Greece Extends Entry Restrictions Till 22 February

The Greek government extended the validity of its decision to close land borders with North Macedonia, Albania and Turkey, as well as the ban on third-country nationals entering Greece for another two weeks, until 22 February 2021, BGNES reported.

Editorial: The old wolf doesn’t change

Former prime minister Antonis Samaras one week ago adopted an aggressive stance on Greek national issues.

He did so in a flashy manner on the eve of the resumption of exploratory talks with neighbouring Turkey in Istanbul.

Supporting Western Balkans’ EU Prospects Won’t Hurt Macron

In the 2019 Eurobarometer, only a third of French respondents - 32 per cent - approved of enlargement, while 58 per cent were against. This was comparable to opinion in Germany or Austria, where 57 per cent were also opposed - but despite that, the governments of these countries strongly favour EU membership for the Western Balkans.

Wet, windy weather expected as of Sunday

Greece's National Meteorological Service (EMY) warned on Saturday of storms and strong winds which are expected to hit the country as of Sunday, starting from the western regions.