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EU border guards may be deployed in FYROM

The European Union and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have agreed to allow EU border guards to be deployed in FYROM if the country, which borders Greece, faces “sudden migratory challenges.”

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VMRO-DPMNE leader walks out of referendum debate in FYROM

A meeting of political leaders in Skopje on Wednesday evening to debate the referendum on the name deal with Greece was disrupted when VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski stormed out, claiming that not all parliamentary parties were represented. 

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Tensions intensify with Moscow over expulsion of envoys

A war of words erupted on Wednesday between the foreign ministries of Greece and Russia over the expulsion last week of Russian diplomats who Athens has accused of trying to whip up opposition to the Macedonia name deal that paved the way for Skopje’s induction to NATO.

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Concerns grow about Greek soldiers’ fate

Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos on Wednesday accused Turkish authorities of “playing with human lives” after it emerged that two Greek soldiers who have been in a Turkish prison since March without charge could face two years in prison.




Greece’s last bellfounders keep time-honored craft alive

Thomas Galanopoulos (left), 59, and his brother Christos, 55, prepare to clean a bell at their bell foundry in Paramythia, northwestern Greece, in this photograph taken last month. "More than half of our production goes abroad," the elder brother said of the bells manufactured by one of the country’s last bell foundries. At its peak, the foundry was producing 120 tons of bells a year for bell towers across Greece. Now, it is down to 50 tons and its key customers are churches in the Balkans and Africa. [Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters]