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News in brief 09.00
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has said that the text of an agreement with Greece on the decades-old name dispute has not been finalized yet.

In a statement issued Thursday, the ministry of foreign affairs said that “issues of such importance do not benefit from any hasty activities.”

“The quality of the text of the agreement and the need to reach a lasting and sustainable solution acceptable to both sides by far outweigh the necessity of meeting any deadlines for the finalization of the process,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev was quoted as saying Thursday that he remained “optimistic, although it is not easy, it is a very sensitive issue, but also very important. He further left open the possibility to call his Greek counterpart, Alexis Tsipras, even within the day.

Τhe European Commission has reacted to Turkey’s warning to suspend its migrant readmission deal with Greece as a result of the release of eight Turkish servicemen who fled after a failed coup in July 2016.
In the meantime Moody’s rating agency has once again targeted Turkey. It has downgraded 17 turkish banking institutions.

The Suburban railway is holding a 24 hour strike today. Due to the strike there is no metro service from Doukissis Plakentias to the Airport.
Employees will hold a protest at 9.30 outside the Asset Development Fund offices on Stadiou street.

Emmanuel Macron has called on other members of the G7 to stand up to Donald Trump’s trade policies in the face of what he described as the threat of a new US “hegemony”.

Sunny and hot in Attica today with the temperature reaching a high of 36 degrees Celsius.

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