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Greece among 8 countries exempted from US sanctions against Iran

Greece is among the countries to be exempted from the US sanctions against oil imports from Iran. Besides Greece, also China, India, Italy, Turkey, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan get US sanctions waivers for Iran oil imports. The exemption is limited to six months. The Trump administration’s tough new sanctions on …

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American alt-right champion for Ancient Greece and Sparta

The alt-right looks to classical literature to shore up its reactionary worldview. While for years there was a declining of Greek and Roman classical literature in American culture, a surprising group has taken up the mantle of explaining why the study of the ancient Greeks and Romans remains vitally important: …

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Egypt suggests Greece invests in Suez Canal Economic Zone

Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, met on Sunday with the Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Terence Quick to enhance bilateral cooperation and discuss issues of common interest. During the meeting, Shoukry hailed the notable progress achieved in the bilateral relations and the strategic partnership between the two countries, the Foreign Ministry’s …

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Ecumenical Patriarchate grants Autonomy to Ukrainian Church, risks Moscow ties

The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate has decided to terminate the effect of its tomos issued 300 years ago and entitling the Patriarch of Moscow to ordain the Metropolitan of Kyiv. With this move, the Ecumenical Patriarchate takes the first step towards the Autonomy of the Ukrainian Church and …

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Populist Alliance has EU leadership paralyzed in its Brussels bubble

Italy’s far-right Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini and French populist Marie LePen met in Rome on Monday to seal a unholy alliance: they declared that they are the anti-establishment movement within the European Union. Salvini slammed the European Union for budget restrictions and austerity, the migration crisis as well as …

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EU leaders remain deep divided over tackling Migration within European borders

The European Union  Summit in Salzburg was supposed to bring leaders together, tackle the Migration crisis and reach consensus. A very difficult task given the fact that Austria that runs the EU’s rotating presidency and its Chancellor Sebastian Kurz have a strong anti-migrants policy. A few months ago, the Summit …

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Merkel to visit Skopje on Sept 8, on FYROM’s Independence Day

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is going to visit capital of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Skopje on 8 September. Merkel’s visit coincides with the FYROM’s Independence Day. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev was apparently surprised by the news and said that he hoped that Meriel would arrive on Saturday in …

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EU Juncker to propose stop switching time, Summer Time forever

“Millions of  EU citizens said they don’t want keep changing the clocks anymore,” the President of European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker told German state broadcaster ZDF on Friday morning. A survey conducted by the EU Commission in revealed that 80% of EU citizens wants the end of the practice to switch …

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Trump threatens Erdogan with new sanctions if Brunson not released by Sun afternoon

The crisis between Turkey and US escalates, as President Donald Trump has given an ultimatum to Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to release US pastor Andrew Brunson by Sunday afternoon or face more sanctions, Turkey’s president revealed late on Saturday. Erdogan’s response was a “warning” that the United States is …

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Majority of FYROM population supports name change, poll reveals

The majority of population in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) supports Macedonia agreement with Greece and intends to vote Yes in the relevant referendum on September 30, a poll revealed. A new survey showed that FYROM’s population supports both the NATO and EU membership bids and the new …

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Petition could help UK nationals retain EU citizenship after Brexit

The European Commission has allowed a group to launch a petition calling for permanent EU citizenship after Brexit. The proposed petition on “Permanent European Union Citizenship” is to be registered on July 23 as a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), the Commission announced. “The main objective of the proposed initiative is …

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