Geography of Europe

Weather service warns of rainstorms in coming hours

Significant rain will hit large parts of Greece from late Sunday to Monday afternoon, the National Meteorological Service (EMY) says, updating its weather forecast.

Rains and storms will start in western and southwestern Greece late Sunday and, by early morning, will also engulf most of the mainland, except for the region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace in the northeast.

Sunken cargo ship in Marmara Sea located

Teams on Feb. 16 identified the location of the wreckage of the "Batuhan A" cargo ship that sank in the Marmara Sea as the extensive search continues for the six missing crew members.

The vessel carrying marble powder from Marmara Island in Balıkesir to Bursa in northwest Türkiye on Feb. 15 took on water and sank off Imralı island, south of Istanbul after getting caught in a storm.

Kathimerini Forum: Signs of optimism in the Western Balkans, but no closer to EU accession

There are signs of optimism in the Western Balkan, but the countries in the region are not closer to becoming part of the European Union, despite the bloc's investments, said Migration Minister Dimitris Kairidis on Tuesday. 

Last January was 2nd warmest in 15 years for northern Greece and Thessaly

The average temperatures in January were higher compared to the previous decade, 2010-2019, the National Observatory of Athens, which operates 53 weather stations around the country, reported on Thursday.

Western Macedonia recorded the largest deviations from the norm by up to 3 degrees Celsius on average compared to recent seasonal data.

In joint statement, W Balkan leaders highlight regional cooperation, EU integration

SKOPJE - In an 11-point joint statement adopted on Monday at a Skopje summit titled The Growth Plan: Western Balkans Meets EU, Western Balkan leaders underscore the "paramount significance of cooperation within the region" and note that an EU Growth Plan represents a "new opportunity to promote the economic and social convergence of our region with the European Union."

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