Two suggestions
These days everyone hopes that Macedonia can become a NATO member within 1218 months and that preaccession negotiations for EU membership can start in the same period which according to objective expectations can be completed no later than 10 years The Slovenian Ambassador for example with very good will and optimism recently in a television interview told us that after the start of negotiations membership is received in about 7 years if the country is well prepared or 10 years at the latest We objectively we do not belong to a wellprepared country in many areas of social life so we can expect membership in about 10 years after the start of negotiations Of course all this is conditioned by the question of whether Macedonia will officially and selfinitially change its n...
OECD records employment growth in Greece
The Greek economy seems to be on a good track as the latest figures show employment growth in GreeceIn particular the employment rate in Greece based on the percentage of the population aged 1564 that are still working in the first quarter of 2018 according to figures released by the OECD Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has risen More specificallyit rose to 541 from 538 in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 528 a year earlier first quarter of 2017 The male employment rate rose in the first quarter to 638 from 633 and 618 respectively The employment rate for women stood at 445 as in the fourth quarter of 2017 while in the first quarter of 2017 it was 440It is worth noting that the employment rate in all OECD countries increased by...
Hahn in Tirana: Reforms must continue
Albanias efforts for the implementation of reforms should continue This was the message launched from Tirana during a meeting with the government but also during a news conference delivered afterwards with Albanian PM by the EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes HahnAccording to Hahn this is an undertaking where Albania and the European Union are partners because both sides have invested and are investing to take the country forward There should be intensive efforts until next year in order to convince all sceptics about Albanias progress Hahn declaredMeanwhile Hahn has recalled that September will start with a new more demanding phase which relates to the meetings that will be held in Brussels as part of the preparatory phase of the negotiations between Albania and ...
OP-ED/KGB, Trump and Albania
This article has been written for Albanian Free Press newspaper andwwwalbanianfreepressalBy Eduard ZaloshnjaIts been years that American newspapers publish many surprising conspiracy theories about Donald Trump However serious media outlets have not paid too much attention to them They have published investigative reports on different aspects of Trumps businesses or the connections of his entourage with Russia without coming up with conspiracy theoriesHowever ahead of PutinTrump meeting New York Magazine which has won several national awards for its articles made the first attempts to connect all the investigative reports on Trump to a conspiracy theory which has 10 to 20 probability According to this theory KGB and its predecessor FSB may have been in pos...
Life with clean air or life with polluters
More often than not the common good in Macedonia has been victim to special interests of small groups of people who have trampled public interest with impunity in order to enrich and empower themselves No more was this true than during the past decade and previous government which got its way whatever it set its sight on A rare circumstance when it had to back off was the case of air pollution in Tetovo and wider Polog region where the closing down of the biggest polluter Jugohrom was a rare victory of public resistance and perseverance over at that time an almighty government It was also an indication of things to come an example of what a spirited outspoken and active citizenry could do It is thus all the more concerning that the current government seems intent to continue wh...
How the single market's biggest trade deal ever with... Japan shuns the U.S.
The Trump Administration ishardening itsstance on trade and the tariffs so the EU turned to far away Japan and is about to sign a massive trade deal shunning the StatesIn an effort to restore global trade its normalisation and ease the conflict cause by Trumps decision to impose an Americacentric dynamic against China but also targeting the Union Mexico and Canada the European blocs top officials will get toJapan on Tuesday 17 July to sign the worlds greatest single markets made of 28 countries biggest trade deal everMoreover their stance will be a live performance of theunited front they have formed with the East against Washington since the latter decide to turn the international trade order upside downEU Council President Donald Tusk and Commis...
Hahn in Skopje: Screening process starts, the referendum is paramount
EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn declared today from Skopje that he has arrived in FYROM to announce the start of the screening process According to him the country must now make the necessary preparations for the EU accession talksHahn also spoke about the referendum on the name The EU has opened its doors All you have to do is take advantage of this opportunity by participating in the referendum Hahn saidThe European Commission senior official also said that this marks the official start of the preparations for EU negotiationsOn his part PM Zoran Zaev added that after the reforms that the country has delivered its now time for it to start the accession talks with the EUWe agreed that we should start to deliver the necessary criteria for accession...
Kurz pleased with the Athens-Skopje agreement, wants EU to stop negotiations with Turkey
In an interview with Greeknewspaper Kathimerinithe Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz whose country is now holding the EU Presidency after Bulgaria spoke of how he perceived the agreement reached by Athens and Skopje on the till recently longstanding name issue and the way Brussels should act regarding AnkaraAccording to the Austrian leaderpersistent negotiations and diplomacy lead to results adding thatVienna fully and stronglysupports the European perspective of the Western Balkan states viewing it as a priority for the Union Kurz believes their integrationwill serve the EUspolitical economic and security interestsI warmly welcome the agreement between the two sides It shows that persistent negotiations and diplomacy lead to results For Austria the region...
Suspicions for involvement of pro Russian circles in FYROM, Russian embassy to Skopje reacts
The recent protests against the name agreement have sparked debates as to who is behind these protestsFYROMs PM Zoran Zaev has declared for the US portal BuzFeed that proRussian Greek businessmen have paid thousands of dollars in order to spark violence and prevent the countryfrom becoming a NATO memberAccording to him certain people have been paid amounts ranging from 13 thousand to 21 thousand US dollars to organize these protests and provoke acts of violence ahead of the referendum on the nameHowever Zaev has not talkednamed the people who have made these payments but revealed that the information has been secured through the protesters who were arrested in front of parliament on 17 JuneInterior minister Oliver Spasovski says that this is a sensible issue...
Industrialists urge Greek government to apply credible economic policy
The influential Hellenic Federation of Enterprises SEV has urged the Greek coalition government to be particularly cautious in handling the commitment it has made to its international creditors for the postbailout eraIn a monthly report Greeces industrialists said markets want greater credibility in economic policy firing a warning to the SYRIZAANEL coalition that the conclusion of the bailout in August doesnt guarantee normal access to debt markets The report comes on the same day that speculation emerged that Athens is contemplating a 10year bond issue before the current bailout program officially ends on August 20According to SEV markets were alarmed by the recent statement of ECB executive board member Benoit Coeure who pointed out that Greek bonds will los...