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Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov: I Like the Pope, I Learn a lot from our Conversations

The first meeting of Pope Francis on Bulgarian land was with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.
"The pope has encouraged what we are doing with bridges and highways, and by splitting it said that highways and bridges are connecting and defining peace." He congratulated me on what we have done during our presidency for the Western Balkans, "Borisov said after the meeting.

PM Borisov: I am Grateful that Pope Francis Accepted to Come to Bulgaria

Pope Francis' visit is a great advertisement for Bulgaria and I am happy and grateful to accept the invitation, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said. The Premier visited the town of Rakovski, where he is preparing for the reception of His Holiness on May 6, the government information service said.

Pope Francis Arrived on Bulgarian Soil (Updated)

Pope Francis's plane landed at the government's VIP airport at about ten minutes before 10 am, a little earlier than scheduled. On the Bulgarian soil the pope was welcomed by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. There is a four-eye meeting scheduled between them.

DIMAR chief given tourism portfolio

Alexis Tsipras has appointed the President of the Democratic Left (DIMAR) party, Thanasis Theoharopoulos, as the new minister for tourism following the resignation on Friday of Elena Kountoura, who will be running for a seat in European Parliament later this month on the SYRIZA ticket.

A look at the 2 candidates for North Macedonia's presidency

Newly renamed North Macedonia heads to the polls on Sunday for runoff presidential elections. Two candidates, both university professors, are competing for the post after the third candidate was knocked in last month's first round.

PM Borisov will be the First to Welcome Pope Francis in Bulgaria

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov will meet His Holiness Pope Francis at Sofia Airport on May 5th. The Holy Father arrives in Bulgaria on an apostolic journey that will last until May 7, when he will visit Sofia and the town of Rakovsky, the government press office announced on 3rd of May, reports BNT. 

Weather to take turn for the worse

After several days of high temperatures and dry conditions, the weather is to take a turn for the worse on the weekend, with a cloud of African dust forecast for western and southern parts and rainfall and storms.

New Democracy leads SYRIZA by over six percentage points in new poll

Main opposition New Democracy leads SYRIZA by 6.5 percentage points, but the ruling party's polling numbers in the region of Macedonia have collapsed, largely due to the hugely unpopular Prespa Agreement with the state of North Macedonia.

Man claims T-shirt sparked attack in Exarchia

A 45-year-old man from Thessaloniki in northern Greece has filed a police complaint claiming he was physically assaulted by a group of people in the downtown Athens suburb of Exarchia because the T-shirt he was wearing depicted the Vergina Sun, a symbol of ancient Macedonia.

The EC Discusses Priorities For the Future of Europe in the Next Term

EU leaders, without the UK, will meet on May 9th at an informal meeting in the Romanian city of Sibiu to discuss the future of Europe. The European Commission today presented guidelines for EU development after the May and UK elections.

Trump asks Senate to ratify North Macedonia's NATO accession

US President Donald Trump has asked the Senate to ratify North Macedonia's accession to NATO. In his letter, Trump notes that North Has been a constant partner on security policy and that it's accession would help the security interests of both the US and the NATO alliance.

Down to the Wire

Close Shave

The first round of Macedonia's presidential elections delivered a surprisingly close outcome - the ruling SDSM candidate, Stevo Pendarovski, emerged less than 1% ahead of his main challenger, Gordana Siljanovska. This was despite polls which had shown him to be up to 5% ahead.