Refugee centres in Bulgaria 'almost empty' - report
Refugee centres in Bulgaria are almost empty and there has been a significant decline in applications for protection Bulgarian National Television said on July 21The figures from the State Agency for Refugees emerged a day after Bulgarias National Assembly approved an allparty resolution barring the government from signing bilateral agreements on the return of refugees without the consent of ParliamentParliament also voted to call on the government to present a position on a common EU policy on migration giving it until September 30 2018 to present a Bulgarian proposal for reforming the Dublin Agreement on the return of refugeesAccording to Bulgarian National Television the current situation at refugees centres is markedly different from 2015 and 2016 At the Ovcha Ku...
Tsipras and Zaev to be honored in Mostar on Monday for their contribution to peace and cooperation
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will be in Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday where he will be honored by Denis Zvizdic President of the Council of Ministers together with Prime Minister of fYROMacedonia Zoran Zaev and Montenegrin Prime Minister Duko Markovic The event is organized by the Center for Peace and Multiethnic CooperationThe event in Mostar will take place at the Stari Most Old Bridge on the bridge that was destroyed on 9 November 1993 during the Bosnian War after 427 years of existence After the end of the Yugoslav civil war a temporary hanging bridge was originally built in place of the damaged Stari Most The World Bank UNESCO the Aga Han Foundation and the World Monument Fund have formed an alliance to oversee the rebuilding of Stari Most and ...
The tsunami and the umbrella
The current strategy of VMRODPMNE looks like they want to defend themselves from a tsunami with an umbrella It seems that the main opposition party failed to understand that the process of full implementation of the Prespa agreement is still greater than them The geostrategic position and the decision of the great powers and the international community and if you will the majority of the citizens of Macedonia moves and will continue to move in the direction of globalization for the EU and NATO for the agreement that is the irreversible direction in which the society began to move after the change of power in the last parliamentary election Now the opposition is stubbornly opposed to that process with the wrong strategies and messages nonetheless I think that such a position ...
Serbia, Kosovo and Resolution 1244
The expected agreement between Serbia and Kosovo should lead to the repeal of the Resolution1244 of the UN Security Council said Florian Bieber Professor of Southeast European Studies University of GrazThe agreement should result in a new resolution which would enable Kosovo to become UN member Bieber explainedAt the same time British journalist and analyst Tim Judah says that an agreement does not have to contradict Resolution 1244Resolution 1244 adopted on 10 June 1999 authorised an international civil and military presence in Kosovo and established the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo UNMIKBieber told Beta news agency that any form of the agreement should tackle the international recognition of Kosovo Its important to secure that K...
VMRO-DPMNE does not budge from its conditions
During the meeting held between political leaders of the four main parties in the country VMRODPMNE has insisted that its conditions be met The bill on the funding of political parties and the creation of a government of technocrats before each election were the two conditions that this party imposesAs far as the formulation of the question that voters will be asked during the referendum is concerned the largest opposition party said that everything should be made clear in compliance with the law for referendumsThe leadership of VMRODPMNE has offered full support for the partys chairman Hristijan Mickoski in representing the partys position in the meeting held between the leadersPM Zoran Zaev has announced that another meeting will be held on Sunday between political...
Trade war between Kosovo and FYROM
Government of Kosovo has decided to increase customs tariffs for agricultural products coming from FYROM by 30 This measure which was introduced yesterday has sparked tension and chaos in the trade relations between the two countriesFarmers in FYROM say that this is a strong blow because many of their products are exported to KosovoThis 30 tariff that Kosovo decided to introduce is a strong blow for us because our products go off and we chuck them away This is a big loss for us says a merchant from SkopjeMinister of Agriculture Lupco Nikolovski said that this measure was quite sudden and was unclear According to him this damages trade relations and could have adverse effects for KosovoWe will inform CEFTA and the EU for this violation of trade agreements...
Dodik determined to annul the Srebrenica Report
Speaker of the Republika Srpska National Assembly RSNA Nedeljko ubrilovi scheduled a meeting of the RSNA Collegium for Monday July 23 to define the date of the special parliamentary session at which the 2004 Report of the RS government on Srebrenica should be annulledThe session was formally requested by the RS president Milorad Dodik who will address MPs at the opening of the session When he requested the scheduling of a special session Dodik also submitted the Commissions reports on events in and around Srebrenica in the period from 10 to 19 July 1995 as well as the chronology of the Commission activities beginning withthe decision of the Government dated on December 15 2003 to form a commissionThe Commission was formed in order to provide the Government with ...
OP-ED/A generation in search of better opportunities
This article has been written for Albanian Free Press newspaper andwwwalbanianfreepressalBy Plator NesturiRecently theres been a rise in the number of petty crimes perpetrated mainly by young generations These sorts of crimes do not get the necessary space on the media besides cases when they end up in a tragic way These cases range from small street robberies to drink driving over the speed limit The perpetrators are mainly teenagers and police statistics seem to suggest a growing trend which is becoming a cause for concernAdolescence has always been seen as the most difficult period in the life of a person Physical and psychological changes make this part of life one of the trickiest ones in terms of the thoughts that go through a persons mind and the way this p...
Kosovo’s PM rejects the idea for exchange of territories
The exchange of territories between Kosovo and Serbia has prompted debates in the media in KosovoPrime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj says that exchanges of territories would bring war in the Balkan regionIn my opinion divisions lead to war Haradinaj declared while debating on the issue of exchanging territoriesAccording to him whoever mentions divisions of territories will bring a tragedy to the Balkans There will not be exchanges of territories or border changes because this is very dangerous the head of the government of Kosovo declaredThe idea of exchanging territories has also been discussed in the latest talks for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia The idea is to exchange Presevo Valley a region inhabited by an Albanian ma...
“Final agreement between Kosovo and Serbia should lead to a mutual recognition”
President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci maintains that the talks with the Serb president will not be an easy process while announcing that the coming weeks will be difficult onesThaci made these comments in a news conference in Pristina following the meeting that he had in Brussels with the Serb presidentPresident Thaci said that despite the obstacles caused by Serb authorities he still hopes on an agreement to be reachedThe two presidents have concluded that the continuation of the current situation may lead to instability and the threat of conflicts This is why weve decided for dialogue to continue despite the difficulties Thaci saidPresident Thaci says that its not easy to talk to the Serb president Aleksandar Vucic because according to him Vucic still thinks ...