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Road visitors in decline this year

The number of visitors coming into Greece by road is slipping this year after coming to 8.8 million in 2018. These visitors accounted for 29 percent of the total of 30.3 million (without cruise passengers) who visited the country last year, according to a new study by the Institute of the Greek Tourism Confederation (INSETE) on the prospects of tourism by road this year.

Pyatt speaks of US interest in local ports

US Ambassador in Athens Geoffrey Pyatt on Friday stressed American enterprises' interest in Greek privatizations, especially in ports.

Addressing a conference on mineral wealth, the US diplomat said American companies are hoping to penetrate Greece and make the most of privatization opportunities, citing port sell-offs, energy and the sectors of education and technology.

North Macedonia police detain 50 migrants within days

Police in North Macedonia say they apprehended 50 Europe-bound migrants who allegedly entered the country from Greece.
A police statement said officers chasing a jeep Saturday on the main north-south highway in central North Macedonia found 10 people from Pakistan inside when the driver abandoned the vehicle. Police are still searching for the driver.

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.

The EC Has Warned that EU Enlargement Talks Are Long And They Will Take Time

The European Commission has today recommended for the second time that the EU should start negotiations on the accession of northern Macedonia and Albania. 
     EU Neighborhood Commissioner Johannes Hahn noted that the negotiation process has so far been protracted and that it will not change.

Alexander the Great statue finally finds its place in Athens

By George Gilson

Nearly three decades after it was finished by Yannis Pappas, one of the greatest Greek sculptors of the 20th century, a bronze equestrian statue of Alexander the Great has finally been installed in central Athens near the Zappeion, very near Syntagma Square and even closer to the columns of the Temple of Olympian Zeus.

FT: Tsipras hoping to join China's '16+1' group

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to participate in a two-day meeting between China and 16 eastern European countries which will begin in Dubrovnik on Thursday, in the hopes of joining the so-called "16+1" group of states with closer relations to Beijing, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

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