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"Referendum day" case officially closed
BiH Court decision last week marked the end of the legal case where several persons were accused of the organization and implementation of the referendum in RS The referendum was held in late September 2016 regarding the celebration of January 9 as RS DayThe events were triggered with BiH Constitutional Courts decision that January 9 cannot be the RS Day since it doesnt mirror the interests of all constitutional nations in BiH and RS Bosniak member of BiH Presidency and Party of Democratic Action SDA B...
Do fighters who return from war zones pose a threat for FYROM?
Experts on issues of security say that the country must be alert against possible terrorist attacks because ISIS fighters may come back home after conceding losses in Syria and Iraq The US Department of State annual report on the fight against terrorism underlines that ISIS members are also present in FYROM According to this report a wave of ISIS fighters are expected to return to their home countries and they may pose a threat for securityProfessor of security affairs Vladimir Pivovarov told IBNA that t...
Kosovo: Consultations for the formation of the new government are launched
President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci will hold a consultative meeting today with representatives of political parties in the country to discuss the possibilities for the creation of the new governmentArdian Arifaj president Hashim Thacis advisor declared that the scope of the meeting is to discuss further steps regarding the constitution of Parliament and other institutions following the June electionsTheres an open invitation for all political parties and we believe that all political parties will part...
An autumn full of changes for Tsipras…
If the autumn of 2015 gave Alexis Tsipras the opportunity to renew his governments mandate then the autumn of 2017 will mark the beginning of substantial changesSome of his very close collaborators are already working on the Greek Prime Ministers movements according to instructions he has given them The priority pillars are economy society and international relationsAlexis Tsipras has formed a first picture of his governments project which he will conclude with visits to the remaining Ministries h...
IMF insists on need for Greek debt relief
The International Monetary Fund agreed to a new conditional bailout for Greece last weekIn the context of the request by Greek authorities for a precautionary StandBy Arrangement worth 16 billion euros the International Monetary Fund released the Staff Report prepared by a staff team of the IMF for the Executive Boards consideration on July 20 2017 following discussions that ended on May 2 2017 with the officials of Greece on economic developments and policies underpinning the IMF arrangement under the...
OP/ED: History is a school, not a prison
Two weeks since the failed Cyprus Talks attempt at CransMontana and the cover up on what actually happened is causing a never ending war of wordsNobody has been left unscathed in this war of leaks and announcements on who is to blame for failing to find a solution at the Conference on Cyprus Clearly this aggression is not working in favour of the discussions on the Cyprus problemThe lack of trust between the parties involved the two communities and the guarantor powers has been further amplified ...
The importance of diaspora in the reconstruction of Srebrenica
Srebrenica needs more intensive participation of the diaspora in the development of the municipalities of Srebrenica Bratunac Milii Vlasenica and Zvornik and increased partnership between the private sector of The Netherlands and BiHThis is the general conclusion of the round table that takes place in the city of Srebrenica The session named Diaspora for the economy of the Srebrenica region was the first in a series of round tables sessions regarding the cooperation with the diaspora which is organiz...
EU residents in the UK hope for convergence on thorny Brexit talks points
The negotiations over the terms of Brexit the UKs exit from the EU have reached the second round of the first phase that is the stage of presentation and comparison of each sides positions on the three issues that need to be addressed before talks on a future trade deal can beginApart from the future border in Ireland where the two sides broadly seem to be in agreement on what needs to be the final outcome and the exceptionally thorny matter of the divorce bill where reconciliation of estimates will...
Crisis between Turkey and Germany deepens
Gabriel Turkey is dangerous for investmentsA serious crisis has broken out again in Berlins relations with Ankara An indication of the seriousness of the situation is that German Foreign Minister Zigmar Gabriel interrupted his holidays to deal with the situationThe latest chapter in the crisis is the arrest by Turkish police of 6 activists in Constantinople Among them a German citizen and the head of Amnesty International in Turkey Idil Ezer The Turkish authorities arrested them in July 18 and are ...
Albania's public debt falls to 66.9%
Public debt which has been a serious problem for the finances of Albanian governments up until recently has registered a significant dropThis is indicated by official data supplied by the Albanian Finance Ministry according to which at the end of June national debt in Albania went down to 669 of GDP as opposed to 70 last yearIt looks that although public expenses grew during the election campaign in June the government didnt borrow but funded them with its own revenuesAccording to official...