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Europe is at a difficult turning point, Tsipras says

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By   59 mins ago

Europe is at a difficult turning point and we all need to realize that the great threat is the rise of the extreme right and Europe cannot move ahead based only on punishing policies, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Monday welcoming German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier at the Maximos Mansion. Tsipras underlined that […]

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Croatia Preparing New National Security Strategy

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By   2 hours ago

The new National Security Strategy and a new Law on National Security System should be ready by April next year. After a public consultation period, they are expected to be debated by government and Parliament in June or July, announced on Monday the Ministry of Defence. The Ministry pointed out that the current National Security […]

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Brussels should focus on Western Balkans

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By   2 hours ago

President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci has been received today by the president of Malta, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca in the presidential palace in Valetta, the capital of Malta. Given that Malta will hold the EU presidency from 1 January 2017, president Thaci demanded from this country for the EU to focus on Western Balkans. “The […]

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Vasko Eftov: The country may be destabilized

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By   4 hours ago

Prominent Macedonian journalist, Vasko Eftov says that the country may be destabilized before or on the election date. “There is a political scenario. I hope that it will not come true, but we must know what this political scenario is about. This means that there will be political incidents. Perhaps before the elections or on […]

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VMRO-DPMNE and BDI lead the opinion polls

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By   4 hours ago

The latest opinion polls relating to the rating of political parties in FYROM show different figures. Some of them indicate a victory of VMRO-DPMNE of Nikola Gruevski, while some others indicate a narrow difference between VMRO-DPMNE and Macedonian opposition led by SDSM. Among Albanian political parties, BDI led by Ali Ahmeti continues to lead. In […]

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Last week of electoral campaign in FYROM, political parties focused on the economy

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By   4 hours ago

On the last week of the electoral campaign in FYROM, political parties have been focused on electoral promises aiming at solving economic and social issues, increase of salaries, the opening of new jobs, while a number of other parties promise that the debts that the citizens have will be paid. Macedonian opposition led by SDSM […]

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Bulgaria’s political crisis: Scant chance election rules will change before 2017 vote

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By   5 hours ago

In spite of the outcome of Bulgaria’s controversy-ridden November 2016 national referendum on changes to the political system – including on introducing a majoritarian election system for MPs and slashing political party subsidies – there is scant chance the rules will be changed before the early parliamentary elections in 2017. A consensus appears to be […]

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Athens sees 95 pct of Staff Level Agreement complete

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By   12 hours ago

Greek government officials were in successive meetings with representatives of the country’s creditors over the weekend before a Eurogroup meeting on Monday that will determine progress and take stock of differences that remain in the effort to wrap up an ongoing review of the Greek bailout program. According to Greek government sources, Athens hopes the […]

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Athens sees 95 pct of Staff Level Agreement complete

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By   12 hours ago

Greek government officials were in successive meetings with representatives of the country’s creditors over the weekend before a Eurogroup meeting on Monday that will determine progress and take stock of differences that remain in the effort to wrap up an ongoing review of the Greek bailout program. According to Greek government sources, Athens hopes the […]

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Erdogan Uncovers plans for new Monetary System with Russia, China and Iran

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By   13 hours ago

Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan uncovered a plan for the creation of a new monetary system other than that of the Euro and the dollar. The Turkish president asked Turkish citizens to convert their dollars into Turkish lira and support the national currency, in a speech he made in the city of Kayseri on Saturday. […]

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Tsipras: Greece has three years ahead before elections

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By   2 days ago

Alexis Tsipras categorically put an end to early election scenarios, speaking in Abu Dhabi which he is officially visiting since Friday night to participate in the UNESCO conference for the protection of Cultural Heritage in areas where there is conflict. Amid the bilateral contacts he held on the sidelines of the conference, the Greek Prime […]

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2017 budget approved in principle after a 16 hour marathon session in parliament

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By   3 days ago

Next year’s budget is voted only by the majority, opposition boycotts The parliamentary session, where the 2017 state budget was approved in principle, lasted for more than 16 hours. This session turned into a parliamentary marathon, where a part of it was accompanied by debates, while the rest was accompanied by speeches that saw a […]

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Athens tries to fend off pressure for more austerity

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By   4 days ago

A deal to wrap up the ongoing review of the Greek bailout program will reportedly not be reached at the 5 December Eurogroup meeting as creditors demand tough austerity measures from Greece (pension cuts, etc.) to secure the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) participation in the program. The IMF is reportedly demanding that additional austerity measures […]

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The government borrows again to pay the debts

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By   4 days ago

Even during the electoral campaign, government of FYROM continues to borrow. Yesterday, 113 million euros have been borrowed through the sale of T-bills. Until 11 December, when elections will be held, the government must pay back 124.6 million euros and until the end of the year, it must pay back 160.5 million euros. Minister of […]

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DESFA Privatisation Talks Collapse

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By   4 days ago

Government negotiations between the Azeri natural gas company SOCAR for the privatization of Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA) proved to be fruitless on Wednesday. Greece’s environment and energy ministry on Wednesday officially announced the collapse of talks with Azerbaijan’s energy giant SOCAR for the sale of DESFA, ending a 3.5-year effort to privatise the […]

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ESM proposes short term debt relief for Greece

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By   4 days ago

The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) proposes the reduction of Greek public debt by 21.8% as a percentage of GDP in 2060, which will be presented to the December 5th Eurogroup, says a report in the Wall Street Journal. The report cites a six-page document of the ESM, dated November 25. According to the publication, the […]

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Property sales in Cyprus record a large increase of 46% in November

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By   1 min ago

Property sales in Cyprus recorded a large increase of 46% in November 2016 compared with the same period last year, according to the latest official figures published by the Department of Lands and Surveys. Property sales during the period January – November 2016 recorded a significant increase of 34% compared with the same period last […]

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Ten-month arrivals in tourist accommodation establishments up by almost 11 pct YoY

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January – October 2016 arrivals in Romania’s tourist accommodation establishment were almost 11 pct higher YoY, topping 9.43 million, the National Institute of Statistics (INS) announced in a release. “Of the total number of the arrivals in hospitality facilities over Jan. 1 — Oct. 31, 2016, Romanian tourists accounted for 77.1 pct, while foreign tourists […]

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Romania – second in EU by October’s retail trade growth

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The volume of Romania’s retail trade increased by 8.7 percent in October 2016 compared to the same month of the year before, making this the second month in a row when Romania’s performance is surpassed only by Luxembourg in the EU ranking by retail trade growth, shows data released on Monday by the European Statistical […]

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Croatia records 16.6m tourist arrivals, 90.7m nights this year

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In the first 11 months of 2016, 16.6 million tourists stayed in Croatia, accounting for 90.7 million nights, up 10.2% and 14% on the year respectively, the National Tourist Board (HTZ) heard on Monday. Presenting the figures from eVisitor and eCrew at an HTZ session, HTZ director Ratomir Ivicic said 1.5 million more tourists stayed […]

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Albania is 13th in the world and first in the region in the ranking for free trade

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By   2 hours ago

A report issued by “Heritage Foundation”, which has been recently published, ranks Albania 13th in the world out of 186 economies in the 2017 Free Trade Index. This report also ranks Albania first in the Balkan region as far as free trade is concerned. This is a significant indicator for countries that apply small trade […]

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Slovenian companies strike deals worth EUR 10m in Iran

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By   24 hours ago

Several Slovenian companies, including air domes manufacturer Duol and telco Iskratel, have signed deals worth EUR 10m in total with Iranian partners at the Slovenian-Iranian business conference in Tehran on Friday. Duol has signed a deal worth EUR 1m to construct an air dome at the Imam Homeini airport in Tehran. The dome is to […]

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Tsipras: Greece has three years ahead before elections

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By   2 days ago

Alexis Tsipras categorically put an end to early election scenarios, speaking in Abu Dhabi which he is officially visiting since Friday night to participate in the UNESCO conference for the protection of Cultural Heritage in areas where there is conflict. Amid the bilateral contacts he held on the sidelines of the conference, the Greek Prime […]

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First “smart building” in BiH opens its doors

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By   4 days ago

LANACO company opened on Thursday the Technology center which is the first “smart building” in the BiH and region. The construction of building was marked by the celebration of the anniversary, 25 years of the company LANACO. “Smart building, as the company officials explained, means that all processes in the building are monitored and managed […]

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EC urges Slovenia and Croatia to implement joint energy projects

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By   1 hour ago

The European Commission (EC) has recommended that Slovenia and Croatia implement joint energy projects because their concerted action will facilitate access to European funds, it was said at a conference, The European Investment Plan: Investment Opportunities in the Energy Sector, held on Monday and organised by the Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB). European […]

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OSCE supports security in BiH

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By   4 days ago

The fourth Advanced BiH Security Policy Course, organized by the OSCE Mission to BiH and the Council of Ministers’ Inter-ministerial Working Group on Monitoring the Implementation of BiH Security Policy, concluded on Thursday in Tuzla. The Course, as the OSCE Mission in BiH announced, was intended for former students of the BiH Security Policy Course […]

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DESFA Privatisation Talks Collapse

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By   4 days ago

Government negotiations between the Azeri natural gas company SOCAR for the privatization of Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA) proved to be fruitless on Wednesday. Greece’s environment and energy ministry on Wednesday officially announced the collapse of talks with Azerbaijan’s energy giant SOCAR for the sale of DESFA, ending a 3.5-year effort to privatise the […]

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Cyprus should resolve port related problems if gas drillings are to proceed Charles Ellinas tells CNA

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By   2 weeks ago

Expert on energy issues Charles Ellinas expressed great concern, on the problems emerged regarding the use of Cyprus` ports by gas companies drilling for natural gas within the country`s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Former President of the country`s Natural Hydrocarbons Company and currently CEO of E-C Natural Hydrocarbons Company Charles Ellinas, said in an interview […]

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Albania introduces a 33% duty tax on the current price of liquid gas

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By   3 weeks ago

In the recent years, use of liquid gas by cars in Albania had expanded significantly as the price of liquid gas is lower than other fuels, which have constantly increased in price. But, as of 1 January of next year, all users of cars working on liquid gas will face a fresh increase of the […]

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Bulgaria-Romania gas interconnector pipeline finished

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By   3 weeks ago

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov opened at a ceremony on November 11 the gas interconnector pipeline with Romania, describing it as a key step towards diversification of gas supply sources and strengthening Bulgaria’s energy security. This is the first of three interconnector pipelines Bulgaria plans to build with neighbouring countries, but link-ups with Serbia and […]

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One dead and five wounded in an oil refinery explosion

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By   3 weeks ago

A powerful blast has taken place on Thursday evening in the oil refinery of Ballsh, causing a large scale fire. As a result, one person has lost his life and five others have remained seriously wounded. One of the wounded is fighting for life in hospital. They have sustained severe burns as a result of the […]

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Bulgaria, Slovakia gas grid operators to co-operate on gas hub project

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By   1 month ago

The gas grid operators of Bulgaria and Slovakia signed a memorandum of understanding that envisions the two companies, Bulgartransgaz and Eustream, working together on “improving the security of gas deliveries” in Central and Eastern Europe, in particular the two major gas infrastructure projects championed by their respective governments – the Balkan gas hub and the […]

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Tsipras: Greece has three years ahead before elections

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By   2 days ago

Alexis Tsipras categorically put an end to early election scenarios, speaking in Abu Dhabi which he is officially visiting since Friday night to participate in the UNESCO conference for the protection of Cultural Heritage in areas where there is conflict. Amid the bilateral contacts he held on the sidelines of the conference, the Greek Prime […]

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Speech of Tsipras in the Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage Conference

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By   2 days ago

Your Highness, Excellencies, Dear Participants, I would like to warmly thank our hosts for the excellent hospitality and the organizers – the United Arab Emirates and France – for today’s Conference. The world is witnessing an alarming escalation of violence and extremism. Armed conflicts and terrorism challenge not only peace and security, but the core […]

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Tsipras at 45th anniversary of Union of the Arab Emirates

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By   3 days ago

The Greek Prime Minister will arrive at Abu Dhabi late on Friday afternoon (20:00 local time), to attend the events for the 45th anniversary of the union of the Arab Emirates, December 2-4 and participate in the UNESCO Conference “Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage”, which is co-organized by the United Arab Emirates and France On the […]

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German photograph unites Kosovar and Serb students

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By   3 days ago

In the framework of its cultural activities, the German embassy has supported and organized a two day photography seminar for Kosovar and Serb students. The seminar has been hosted by the prominent photographer from Berlin, Annette Hauschild from the Ostkreuz Agency of Photographs in Berlin. The German photographer says that photography is a very expressive […]

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Painter Omer Kaleshi brings 24 paintings in Skopje

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By   3 days ago

The exhibition of the Albanian prominent painter, Omer Kaleshi opened last night in Skopje. The painter, who lives in Paris, has brought 24 of his paintings in the “Cifte Amam” gallery in Skopje. “I am very happy and I would like to thank all my friends who are here. I am very touched”, said the […]

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Alexis Tsipras to honour 45th anniversary of the Union of the Arab Emirates

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By   4 days ago

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will attend the events for the 45th anniversary of the union of the Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi between December 2-4. The celebrations for the 45th anniversary of the union of Arab Emirates, have taken on an international dimension as leaders from many countries will be honoring the Gulf state […]

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Tsipras to visit Abu Dhabi

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By   6 days ago

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will visit Abu Dhabi from the 2nd to 4th December, on the occasion of the UNESCO Conference “Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage”, which is co-organized by the United Arab Emirates and France. On the sidelines of the Conference, the Greek Prime Minister is expected to hold bilateral meetings with French President […]

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Greek as an optional language in Russian schools

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By   2 weeks ago

Russian schools will be taught Greek as a foreign language from January 1, 2017. The final decision and approval of training manuals was signed by the Russian Minister of Education, Olga Vasilieva, on 10th November. A proposal for the teaching of Greek as a language selection from the Modern Greek Literature Faculty at the University […]

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Kosovo stagnates in the FIFA ranking

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By   2 weeks ago

Kosovo has lost one position in the general FIFA ranking after losing 3-0 against Turkey, ranking 165th with 135 points. In the matches that it has played as part of the Russia 2016 qualifiers, Kosovo has so far registered one draw and the rest of the matches, the new team, which has recently admitted as […]

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Beşiktaş hits back from three behind to hold Benfica

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By   2 weeks ago

Beşiktaş hit back from three goals behind at halftime, scoring twice in the last 10 minutes, to force a 3-3 draw with Benfica in an enthralling Champions League game on Nov. 23. The Portuguese champion raced to a 3-0 lead in 31 minutes, helped by a sublime effort from Nelson Semedo and a bizarre goal […]

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USD 500 mln for the rights of the Turkish Football League  

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By   2 weeks ago

Digiturk trusted the Turkish economy Digital television Digitürk has offered the record amount of USD 500 million for the rights of the Turkish football league in the next five years. The tender, which was conducted by the Football Federation of the country (Turkiye Futbol Federasyonu) concerned the season 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Digiturk, […]

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Vardar and Shkendija win their away matches

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By   4 weeks ago

Day 13 of the football superior league was played in FYROM during the weekend. Vardar, as head of the table and Shkendija, which is second, have achieved victories during their respective away fixtures. Vardar won against Bregalnica in Stip, while Shkendija of Tetovo won against Pobeda. Here are the results of day 13: Bregalnica – […]

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FIFA fines Kosovo

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By   1 month ago

International Football Association (FIFA) has fined Kosovo’s Football Association and Croatia’s Football Association with a total of 80 thousand Swiss Francs for the changes of their respective fans against Serbs in their World Cup qualifying match. Fans from both sides have been heard chanting “death to Serbs” in Albanian and Croatian during the match which […]

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FYROM’s clubs benefited 1.8 million euros last season

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By   1 month ago

Four football clubs in FYROM have benefited 1,8 million euros after participating in the qualifying matches of the Champions League and Europa League last season. These figures were published by UEFA with the list that shows how much football clubs have benefited during the period 2015-2016. Rabotnicki has benefited around 860 thousand euros after reaching […]

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Skopje defeats Shkendija in Tetovo

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By   1 month ago

Shkendija football club was defeated by KF “Shkupi” in a match played on Wednesday afternoon in Tetovo. Skopje was careful in defence, closing all possible gaps in front of the goal. The winning goal was scored on the 77th minute by Ermedin Ademi. With this defeat, Shkendija is 5 points behind the leaders of the […]

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Modrić awarded Best Midfielder in La Liga and of the 30 Best in Europe

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By   1 month ago

As if Modrić has not been in the news enough over the last few weeks, we see him making waves once again. On Monday night, the best players of the previous La Liga season were chosen. A few minutes before the start of the ceremony, the official website of the Spanish Championship revealed that the […]

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Property sales in Cyprus record a large increase of 46% in November

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By   1 min ago

Property sales in Cyprus recorded a large increase of 46% in November 2016 compared with the same period last year, according to the latest official figures published by the Department of Lands and Surveys. Property sales during the period January – November 2016 recorded a significant increase of 34% compared with the same period last […]

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Eco-innovations, green jobs in focus in Ljubljana in December

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By   16 mins ago

The final month of Ljubljana’s stint as the European Green Capital will be dedicated to eco-innovation, green jobs and sustainable local management. Municipality officials stress that eco-innovations coupled with a new mindset can ease and speed up the transition to a sustainable society. Much like in the past eleven months, various admission-free activities and events […]

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BiH Institutions to audit Arab companies

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By   31 mins ago

BiH Service for Foreigners Affairs begun an operation in order to audit the Arab Companies which in last year invested a lot of money in private settlements, especially in Central Bosnia. The aim of the operation, named “Real Estate”, is to set control on the companies in BiH owned by foreign nationals. The number of them is […]

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Minus 17 degrees Celsius at Intorsura Buzaului, lowest temperature in Romania so far

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By   59 mins ago

Minus 17 degrees Celsius was the temperature recorded at dawn on Monday at Intorsura Buzaului, the lowest of this beginning of winter, according to meteorologists of the central Covasna County. The minimum temperature was recorded at about 7:30 am. Subsequently, at about 8:30, it rose to minus 14. For the next night, meteorologists forecast the […]

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Gov’t tracks down irregularities among public contracts on software products

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By   1 hour ago

A report revealed by the PM’s control body shows that the Romanian state has spent over RON 3 billion for IT platforms in the past five years, with many of them unfunctional. The Government plans to set up a specialized control body to monitor the IT programme acquisitions. The PM’s control body tracked down that […]

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We’re concerned about the level of corruption in Kosovo, says British ambassador

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By   8 hours ago

Ambassador of Great Britain in Kosovo, Ruairi O’Connell has declared during the opening of the Fight Against Corruption Week in Kosovo, that corruption and nepotism must be fought. O’Connell also said that nobody must be offered a job just because he has strong family ties. “Professionalism is what is required from society and more work […]

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Unemployment leads to a rise in criminality in Kosovo

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By   8 hours ago

The high rate of unemployment in Kosovo is considered to be one of the factors that increases crime rates and negative phenomena. According to sociologists and psychologists, the high rate of unemployment has an impact, especially among young people. Based on the recent data of the Agency of Statistics in Kosovo, unemployment rate in 2016 […]

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The state and we share the same responsibility for family tragedies

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By   8 hours ago

By Edison Kurani Two small children, 4 and 6 years old, were found dead today in a house in the city of Korca. Beside them was their father, who hung himself along with them. A gruesome crime that blames not only the monster father, but also the anti-social state that exists in Albania. Earlier in […]

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