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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.

Germany Deals Blow to Albania, North Macedonia EU Hopes

The German parliament on Thursday approved the NATO accession protocol with North Macedonia - but did not discuss supporting the launch of EU accession talks either with North Macedonia or Albania.

North Macedonia prime minister hints at early elections

North Macedonia's prime minister says he could call early elections if his country fails to get a date for the start of European Union accession talks, addressing domestic frustration with the slow pace of progress in joining the bloc.

Zoran Zaev said Thursday that several options, including early elections, were possible if North Macedonia fails to get a firm date this summer.

Delta to close condensed milk factory in central Macedonia

The production of Vlachas condensed milk, one of the country's most popular, will cease in Greece after the decision by local company Delta Foods to shut down the condensed milk factory at Platy in Imathia, central Macedonia. Delta decided that the unit's operation is no longer profitable.

Vegetable Producers Protest Against Low Purchase Prices of Tomatoes

Vegetable producers from the region of the southwestern Bulgaria's towns Sandanski and Petrich protest against the low purchase prices of tomatoes which are grown under glass. The price of vegetables is lower than last year. As a reason, they indicate the import of tomatoes from Greece and Macedonia.

Juncker says any government change in Greece will not affect Prespes deal

EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker indicated on Tuesday that he was not concerned about the effect a possible change in government in Greece will have on the Prespes accord, noting it is an official agreement signed between two states.

UN: Alarming Levels of Air Pollution in the Balkans

Residents of all major cities in the Western Balkans face worrying levels of air pollution that reduce life expectancy, because the underdeveloped and politically unstable region depends largely on the burning of coal to produce energy, the Associated Press reported. of the UN.

‘We're ready to welcome you’ NATO tells North Macedonia

NATO's secretary-general commended North Macedonia on Monday for making the reforms necessary to join the transatlantic military alliance next year.

"We are ready to welcome you," Jens Stoltenberg told reporters after meeting Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

ANEL convenes to assess prospects ahead of snap general elections

Independent Greeks (ANEL) leader Panos Kammenos was chairing a session of his party's parliamentary group on Monday, following its disastrous showing in last week's European Parliament polls, in a bid to decide whether or not to run in next month's snap general elections.

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