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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was named honorary doctor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in a ceremony on Thursday evening.
Juncker’s declaration has a special symbolism for the university “that is firmly oriented to modern Western way of thinking and to European ideals,” its Rector Pericles Mitkas said.
Earlier President Juncker met with Greek PM Alexis Tsipras who is also in Thessaloniki for a tripartite summit with Serb President Aleksandar Vucic and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.
All three attended the ceremony for Juncker at the Thessaloniki concert hall.
Earlier, small-scale clashes erupted near the venue between leftist demonstrators, opposed to EU policies towards Greece, and police forces.
Police used tear gas to disperse the crowd and stop the demonstration from reaching the concert hall.