The village of Gradovci has become a monument to the waves of emigration that have gutted the Balkan country’s economy, like scores of other abandoned towns dotting Macedonia’s countryside.
France’s combative former prime minister Manuel Valls announces that he will run for mayor of Barcelona, in what will be an unprecedented bid for political power in another European country. His candidacy is already proving to be divisive given that he has campaigned in Spain against Catalan separatists who attempted to break away from the country last October.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro lashes out at the United States after Washington slapped sanctions on his wife Cilia, as well as his vice president Delcy Rodriguez and other close associates. On the same day US President Donald Trump says his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro could be toppled “very quickly” if his own military decides to turn on him.
French President Emmanuel Macron calls for “dialogue and multilateralism” on Iran, in a thinly veiled response to President Donald Trump’s push for tough, US-led sanctions. Trump has withdrawn from the seven-nation agreement negotiated under his successor Barack Obama, calling it a “disaster” and instead ramping up pressure on Iran including through renewed sanctions.