Persecution of Christians

FYROM church seeks to join Ecumenical Patriarchate as 'Archbishopric of Ohrid'

The schimastic Orthodox Christian church of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) has appealed to the Ecumenical Patriarchate to join its ranks, in a move that is seen as having an important impact on ongoing name talks between Skopje and Athens.

Boutaris says he was attacked by 'organized fascists'

Thessaloniki mayor Yannis Boutaris on Monday described those who attacked him during an event on Saturday commemorating the massacre of Pontian Greeks by Turks during World War I as "organized fascists." 

Boutaris was briefly hospitalized after being thrown to the ground, kicked and punched by about 12 people.

Toxic patriotism

The lynch mob attack on Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris during a gathering to commemorate the Pontic genocide - the systematic killing of ethnic Greeks by the Turks during World War I - and while the national anthem was playing in the background, should give us pause.

Police close to identifying suspect in Boutaris attack [VIDEO]

Greek police said Sunday they were close to identifying one of the suspects involved in the attack against the mayor of Thessaloniki, in northern Greece.

So far evidence, based on footage of Saturday's incident, suggests that the suspect belongs to the country's far right movement.