VMRO-DPMNE boycotts parliament, SDSM considers the agreement a patriotic act
The largest party in opposition VMRODPMNE has decided to boycott parliamentary proceedings for the ratification of the name agreement with GreeceVMRODPMNEs parliamentary group and its coalition partners have decided to boycott parliamentary proceedings because principles laws parliaments rulebook Constitution and integrity of this institution have been violated We are not planning to beaccomplicesin an agreement which damages the Republic of Macedonia said MP Antonio MilosovskiBut SDSM in power called on the opposition to vote the agreement stressing that this is a patriotic actThe agreement will bring a better future for us and our children said SDSMs lawmaker Tomislav TintevMeanwhile leader of VMRODPMNE Hristijan Mickoski has had a meeting toda...
OP-ED/Race for MPs and the disappearance of small parties
This article has been written for Albanian Free Press newspaper andwwwafpalBy Plator NesturiIt has been a while since we had not seen MPs moving from one political force to another Recently PDIUs MP for the constituency of Dibra declared that she would join the ranks of the majority in parliament and increase the number of seats for the Socialist Party although this does not make a very big difference about the result that socialists achieved in the last general election With the 74 seats that he won Edi Rama not only won his bet of forming a government on his own without the need to forge coalition but he also exceeded all expectations about the fragility of his government The gravity of this victory was also great not only because the 43 seats obtained by the DP wi...
Something is going on in the Eastern Mediterranean - Israel puts forward new round of concessions
Israel decided to proceed to a second round of concessions a total of 25 pieces within its Exclusive Economic Zone EEZ at the end of 2018 or at the latest in early 2019 thus triggering a resurgence of international investment interest if the site is proven to host significant natural gas reservesAccording to the top Israeli geologist Miki Gardosh oneof the Israeli Ministry of Energy officials and the wellknown Oil amp Gas Journal website the individual pieces will be grouped into 3 or 4 plots to make the offer more attractive for businesses In any case as he noted during his recent visit to the US this maritime region which lies south of the Israeli EEZ is promising and has not yet been thoroughly researchedThe interest of the energy industry in its previ...
FYROM: Debates in parliament and protests against the agreement
With 69 votes in favor and 40 votes against MPs in Skopje have voted today in favor of the bill on the ratification of the agreement about the countrys name Opposition MPs led by VMRODPMNE boycotted the session considering this as an act of high treasonThey accused Foreign minister Nikola Dimitrov of being a traitor while the latter was addressing MPsDimitrov said that if this agreement is voted through a fasttrack procedure this will serve the interests of the countryIts important that this bill is passed through a fasttrack procedure because Greece will inform NATO and the latter will send us an invitation for membership The Summit will take place on June 28 and this date is crucial for us I propose that this bill goes through as soon as possible Dimitrov sa...
The benefits of the name accord
Public personalities in Skopje have commented the agreement that was reached to rename the country Republic of North MacedoniaFormer Foreign minister Denko Maleski says that this agreement has opened up great perspectives for the countryWith the solution of this problem we will receive an invitation to become a NATO member which acts like some sort of insurance policy for the state and then we will start EU accession talks This has a vital meaning for a small country of 2 million people which up until now has been isolated Maleski saidFormer ambassador and opinion maker Alajdin Demiri says that the new agreement has an impact on the development of the country and its integration in European and Atlantic structures According to him the referendum will have a crucial...
FM: Bulgaria EU Presidency will be remembered with the words future, opportunity and prosperity for the Balkans
Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said that she was convinced that the countrys Presidency of the Council of the EU would be remembered with the words future opportunity and prosperity for the BalkansWe the EU achieved that because we are together Zaharieva said at a plenary meeting in Sofia of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union COSACZaharieva congratulated her counterpart from Skopje Nikola Dimitrov who took part in the forum on the name deal signed on June 17 with GreeceDimitrov said We have invested in a friendship with Greece in the future built on mutual understanding and mutual respect To an extent we owe this to the support of our Bulgarian friends the contacts and the leadersh...
Serbia is preventing the creation of a single electricity market between Kosovo and Albania
The delegations of Kosovo and Serbia are in Brussels where they are presenting European authorities with the process of the implementation of the agreements that have been reached so farTechnical teams from Pristina and Belgrade had planned on meeting at the start of this month to give way to a new meeting between president of Kosovo Hashim Thaci and the Serb president Aleksandar VucicBut Pristinas negotiating team has criticized the European Union for favouring topics which are a priority for Belgrade topics such as the Association of Serb MunicipalitiesAuthorities in Kosovo have demanded energy to be one of the main topics of discussion because this continues to prevent Kosovo from integrating its power grid in regional and European gridsThis was also the topic ...
SYRIZA trails New Democracy on back of FYROM deal
An opinion poll by Marc for Proto Thema newspaper shows ruling SYRIZA has suffered a setback by the governments namechange agreement with FYROMAccording to the opinion poll the vast majority of respondents oppose the agreement to change FYROMs constitutional name to Northern Macedonia The ruling party appears to be losing ground mostly in northern Greece where only 91 say they would vote for SYRIZA in the next election the lowest rating since May 2017Specifically almost seven in 10 respondents are opposed to the name North Macedonia The poll found that 732 of respondents said they disagree with the use of the term Macedonia in the new name and 683 said they are generally opposed to the deal Moreover 49 of respondents who claimed they had voted for ruling SYRIZ...
The final countdown: Thursday is the decisive day
In the final mile ahead of the June 21st overall solution which will accompany our country in the postmemorandum period are the Greek government and the lenders with the main menu being about how to alleviate the Greek debtA short while ago there was a teleconferencewith the representatives of the lenders at the Greek Ministry of Finance in the presence of the ministers Euclid Tsakalotos Giorgos Stathakis Efi Achtsioglou and Dimitris Liakos The purpose of the videoconference was the implementation of the 88 prerequisites of the 4th evaluation According to information these are technical prerequisites which are not expected to prevent the institutions from submitting a Compliance Report to the Eurogroup on June 21st to complete the assessment and disbursement of the...
Turkey: Imprisoned Selahattin Demirtas appears on TRT in public address
He has been behind bars for nearly 20 months on security charges and if convicted he faces a 142year long prison sentencePerhaps some have forgotten his name but he remains up onto his feet not even an inch lower or with bent knees although the time that has gone by especially in his Edirne cell has not been a piece of cake A Reuters report proves so when journalists refer to aa visibly thinner DemirtasStill Selahattin Demirtas appears strong and decisive saying thatThe only reason I am still here is that the AKP is scared of me They think tying my hands here and going from square to square spreading accusations about me is being courageous They are openly violating the constitution by declaring me guilty even though there is no conviction ruling against me a...