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News Greece Western Macedonia: Greece fully supports North Macedonia's EU accession: FM

Published on: Tuesday 26 November 2019
Greece fully supports North Macedonia's EU accession: FM
News source: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201911/27/WS5dddde7ca310cf3e3557a4e2.html

"We have a joint future, if we act in good faith. Greece supports the EU accession of North Macedonia and other Western Balkan countries. This is our common goal. Starting talks will be a significant ...

News Greece Western Macedonia: Greece's ancient power is in crisis on climate-cost collision

Published on: Friday 06 December 2019
Greece's ancient power is in crisis on climate-cost collision
News source: https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Greece-s-ancient-power-is-in-crisis-on-14889281.php

Outside a city that once vied with Sparta in ancient Greece, giant excavators are grinding away vast chunks of the rocky landscape to get at a form of energy that's now becoming a risk to the country's future. Legend has it that Megalopolis was where Zeus smote the Titans because the ground was known to smolder as if struck by the god's lightning bolts. The reality is that the area in the southern Peloponnese region, like parts of northern Greece, has an abundance of lignite -- a soggy form of coal that's a major energy source for the country's modern economy. But in the age of global warming, the cost of pollution permits for burning the dirtiest fossil fuel has turned these aging power plants into money pits. The indebted state-owned Public Power Corp. will spend as much as 300 million euros ($330 million) this year to operate lignite facilities, compared with 200 million euros in 2018. The dilemma is so bad that Greek officials say it would cost PPC less to pay workers to stay at home rather than produce at the most outdated facilities. That puts Greece in a Catch-22. Shutting down the plants could starve the fragile economy of power, but the country -- still recovering from its debilitating debt crisis a decade ago -- can ill afford the money required to overhaul its electricity sector. In a plan approved by Cabinet, Greece's government estimates that 44 billion euros in public and private investments will be needed over the next decade to meet its climate and energy goals. "The era of dirty coal is clearly over," Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Monday at the the United Nations conference in Madrid, where some 15,000 diplomats and environmentalists will discuss the threats posed by climate change. "Greece can be a paradigm of how energy transition and climate action can create green jobs and...

News Greece Western Macedonia: Western Balkans: EPP’s think tank says France ‘damages’ EU interests

Published on: Thursday 17 October 2019
Western Balkans: EPP’s think tank says France ‘damages’ EU interests
News source: https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/news/western-balkans-epps-think-tank-says-france-damages-eu-interests/

“We take the European perspective of the Western Balkans seriously ... However, EURACTIV has learnt that countries such as Greece and Italy opposed this. “North Macedonia deserves to be given the ...

News Greece Western Macedonia: Pompeo warns about Chinese influence in Balkans

Published on: Thursday 03 October 2019
Pompeo warns about Chinese influence in Balkans
News source: https://news.yahoo.com/pompeo-stops-montenegro-discuss-nato-082329073.html

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Montenegro and North Macedonia on Friday and warned Balkan leaders of possible risks from Chinese investment in technology and big infrastructure projects. "As I have done elsewhere in my travels in Europe, I also warned of the risks of Chinese investments

News Greece Western Macedonia: Pompeo stops in Montenegro and North Macedonia to discuss NATO, no comment on Ukraine

Published on: Friday 04 October 2019
Pompeo stops in Montenegro and North Macedonia to discuss NATO, no comment on Ukraine
News source: https://news.yahoo.com/pompeo-stops-montenegro-north-macedonia-125524005.html

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a short trip to two small Balkan countries, Montenegro and North Macedonia, on Friday to discuss their roles in the Western NATO alliance. The streets in the Montenegrin capital Podgorica through which Pompeo's motorcade passed were cordoned off by police

News Greece Western Macedonia: Minister: Greek government aiming for higher energy efficiency and RES

Published on: Monday 30 September 2019
Minister: Greek government aiming for higher energy efficiency and RES
News source: https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/green-travel/36952-minister-greek-government-aiming-for-higher-energy-efficiency-and-res.html

Deputy Environment and Energy Minister Gerassimos Thomas announced during a tour of Western Macedonia at the weekend, ANA reports. In particular, the new National Plan for Energy and Climate will ...

News Greece Western Macedonia: Greece: Turkish students protest school shift system

Published on: Monday 23 September 2019
Greece: Turkish students protest school shift system
News source: https://www.aa.com.tr/en/education/greece-turkish-students-protest-school-shift-system/1591793

Xanthi is in Western Thrace, a region of Greece home to a Turkish-Muslim minority numbering ... and then marched to the East Macedonia and Thrace State Governorship Xanthi Representation Office. There ...

News Greece Western Macedonia: The Latest: Greek refugee camp unable to house new arrivals

Published on: Friday 20 September 2019
The Latest: Greek refugee camp unable to house new arrivals
News source: https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-turkish-coast-guards-rescue-102521415.html

The Ocean Viking had assisted Maltese authorities and pulled the migrants from an overcrowded wooden boat on Thursday in international waters. The Ocean Viking initially counted 36 people but corrected the number to 35 after the Friday transfer. Malta has refused to take the remaining people, arguing

News Greece Western Macedonia: Conservative party wins Greek election, ousts left-wing PM

Published on: Sunday 07 July 2019
Conservative party wins Greek election, ousts left-wing PM
News source: https://www.newsday.com/news/world/greece-election-1.33562613

ATHENS, Greece — Conservative opposition leader Kyriakos ... North Macedonia under which that country changed its name from plain "Macedonia." Although praised by Western allies, the deal angered many ...

News Greece Western Macedonia: Conservative party wins in Greece

Published on: Sunday 07 July 2019
Conservative party wins in Greece
News source: https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2019/jul/08/conservative-party-wins-in-greece-20190-1/?news

Greek conservative opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis comfortably won a parliamentary election Sunday as voters rejected Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras after a tumultuous four years of the country struggling through a crippling financial crisis.

News Greece Western Macedonia: Greek Prime Minister Tsipras concedes defeat in election

Published on: Sunday 07 July 2019
Greek Prime Minister Tsipras concedes defeat in election
News source: https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/greeks-vote-1st-parliamentary-election-bailout-end-64173162

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ... under which that country changed its name from plain "Macedonia." Although praised by Western allies, the deal angered many Greeks, who consider use of ...

News Greece Western Macedonia: Borissov warns North Macedonia against stealing Bulgarian history

Published on: Thursday 20 June 2019
Borissov warns North Macedonia against stealing Bulgarian history
News source: https://www.euractiv.com/section/enlargement/news/borissov-warns-north-macedonia-against-stealing-bulgarian-history/

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov warned EU hopeful North Macedonia on Thursday (20 June) against what he said was “anti-Bulgarian rhetoric” and appropriation of Bulgaria's history as its own, saying it "must stop".

News Greece Western Macedonia: North Macedonia police detain 50 migrants within days

Published on: Sunday 16 June 2019
North Macedonia police detain 50 migrants within days
News source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/north-macedonia-police-detain-50-migrants-within-days/2019/06/16/052d698c-907a-11e9-956a-88c291ab5c38_story.html

SKOPJE, North Macedonia — Police in North ... were taken to a shelter and will be deported to Greece. The truck driver was arrested. The European Union and individual countries closed off the main ...

News Greece Western Macedonia: Divided Europe deals major blow to North Macedonia’s EU accession hopes

Published on: Tuesday 18 June 2019
Divided Europe deals major blow to North Macedonia’s EU accession hopes
News source: https://www.euractiv.com/section/enlargement/news/divided-europe-deals-major-blow-to-north-macedonias-eu-accession-hopes/

An EU ministerial meeting on Tuesday (18 June) ended up as a major disappointment for North Macedonia, which had nurtured hopes that its historic agreement with Greece  on the country's name would be rewarded with an EU accession ticket.

News Greece Western Macedonia: Name change dominates Macedonia election

Published on: Saturday 20 April 2019
Name change dominates Macedonia election
News source: https://au.news.yahoo.com/name-change-dominates-macedonia-election-003522273--spt.html

The name change, which Greece demanded to end what it called an implied territorial claim on its northern province also called Macedonia ... through by the pro-Western government of Prime Minister ...

News Greece Western Macedonia: North Macedonia on knife-edge as indecisive election goes to runoff

Published on: Monday 22 April 2019
North Macedonia on knife-edge as indecisive election goes to runoff
News source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/22/north-macedonia-presidential-election-goes-to-runoff-as-name-change-divides

agreed to the new name to appease Greece’s long-held fears of possible irredentist claims against its own adjacent province of Macedonia. In exchange Athens dropped objections to its northern ...

News Greece Western Macedonia: North Macedonia pro-Western candidate wins first round of presidential poll

Published on: Sunday 21 April 2019
News source: https://www.euronews.com/2019/04/21/north-macedonia-pro-western-candidate-wins-first-round-of-presidential-poll

North Macedonia's pro-Western candidate has narrowly won the first round of a presidential poll which comes amid deep divisions over the country's name change under a deal with Greece. Stevo ...

News Greece Western Macedonia: Name Row With Greece Divides North Macedonia in Vote for Leader

Published on: Thursday 18 April 2019
News source: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-19/name-row-with-greece-divides-north-macedonia-in-vote-for-leader

North Macedonia’s NATO coordinator ... put the Balkan nation on the path toward western integration. After changing its name from the “Republic of Macedonia” to resolve a decades-long dispute with ...