Second day of negotiations in New York ends with positive outcome
Nikos Kotzias and Nikola Dimitrov renewed their meetingwith Special Envoy of the United Nations SecretaryGeneral Matthew Nimetz for Friday May 25 at 930 local time at the UN offices in New YorkDiplomatic sourcesfrom the two countries toldIBNA that the continuation of the talks is assessed positively as there is common ground in the negotiationThursdays meeting lasted nearly six hours According to information the involved sides discussed issues arising from the use of proposed names relevant to the name issue as each proposal has variations in subchapters of the agreement framework IBNA...
OP-ED/What can we expect from the opposition’s protest?
This article has been written for Albanian Free Press newspaper and wwwalbanianfreepressal By Roland QafokuThe Democratic Party has announced that on Saturday 26 May it will hold one of its biggest protests ever held up until today Despite the fact that this date has entered the history of this party as the date of the most disgraceful elections ever held in the past 27 years theres a great expectation from this protest In fact before stating what the public opinion is expecting we need to stress that with the audio recording that it made public the Democratic Party managed to achieve a great victory which cannot be denied After the recording was made public the Interior minister Fatmir Xhafaj sent his brother to Italy and its been a week that this person is being h...
OP-ED/The protest and the crisis scenarios
This article has been written for Albanian Free Press newspaper andwwwalbanianfreepressalBy Plator NesturiIts been three weeks now that parliament looks the same Debates and proceedings have been held amidst an atmosphere where MPs shout to each other and bills have been passed without even understanding what the bill was However yesterday had something more It included invitations to participate in Saturdays protest This time even socialists were invited One thing is certain The political crisis is entering a new phase which involves clashes The Democratic Party has requested permission for the holding of the protest and this is a sign that its scenario will not end with a simple demonstration on the square It looks like the protest will continue with a tent which...
Albanians all over the region will suffer the consequences of any delays in the integration process
All Albanians in the region pay the costs incurred as a result of the delays or obstacles in the process of the integration of Albania in the European UnionThis was declared today in the parliament of Albania by representatives of the majority as part of a draft resolution on integrationOur reforms which mainly cover the rule of law and the strengthening of bilateral cooperation with member countries in areas such as the fight against organized crime contributes for the security of the whole Western Balkans and as a result it has an impact on Albanians wherever they live in the region said the minister of Foreign Affairs Ditmir BushatiMeanwhile the head of the Albanian diplomacy said that the process of integration is a unique possibility for the country and for pol...
Greece: The primary surplus of Q1 is six times the target
The final figures for state budget for January April 2018 that the Ministry of Finance released show that the primary surplus is six times higher than the target and well above the same level last year Net revenue too exceeded the goal In particular a primary surplus of 2286 billion was reported in the JanuaryApril 2018 budget against a primary surplus goal of 374 million and a primary surplus of 1726 billion in the same period in 2017This stems from the state budget execution bulletin for the period January April 2018 when a surplus of 145 million in the state budget balance general government is shown against a deficit target of 1763 billion included in the introductory Budget Report 2018 for the corresponding 2018 period and a deficit of 1142 billion in ...
Kosovo: Two people convicted over “Medicus” case
A court in Pristina has convicted Lutfi Dervishi owner of Medicus clinic to seven years in prison The defendant was charged with traffic of human organs Meanwhile his accomplice Sokol Hajdini was sentenced to one year in prison for serious body injuriesThe court said that Lutfi Dervishi participated in several transplant surgeries although his clinic did not have a license to conduct transplantsIn April 2013 a EULEX court handed a 20 year prison sentence for five people who were accused of being involved in the traffic and illegal transplant of human organs in KosovoEverything was discovered in 2008 when a Turkish national was found in a critical state at the airport of Pristina after his kidney was takenThe trial also included the Israeli national Moshe Hare...
Greek debt relief, 4th review to be discussed at Eurogroup meeting
A Eurogroup meeting was expected on Thursday to discuss the Staff Level Agreement reached between the Greek government and the troika technical expertsThe meeting is also expected to provide some indication as to whether or not Berlin and the International Monetary Fund are edging closer to agreement on how to address the Greek debt issue The Washingtonbased Fund has reportedly put a proposal on the table if it is accepted by Berlin it will pave the way for IMF participation in the Greek programThe troika technical experts are believed to be pushing for a precautionary credit line for Greece However Athens has ruled out asking for one insisting that a cash buffer it is building will suffice for a sustainable return to debt markets in the postbailout eraGreek Finance ...
F. Photiou discuss Cyprus issue and missing persons at the meeting with US Deputy Assistant Secretary
During his visit to the United States on the occasion of the annual meeting of the World Coordination Committee of the Cyprus Struggle PSEKA held in Washington from May 2224 2018 the Presidential Commissioner Fotis Photiou had a meeting with the Deputy Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United States Jonathan CohenThe two men discussed the general situation in Cyprus and in particular the stagnation of efforts to resolve the Cyprus issue as well as the latest provocative actions by Turkey in Cyprus Exclusive Economic ZoneThe Presidential Commissioner reiterated the position of the Greek Cypriot side as to its readiness to resume talks from the point where they stopped and on the basis of the Guterres framework under the condition that Ankara lifts its int...
Turkish Central Bank raises interest rates
In an effort to secure that the Turkish currency will not plunge further on Wednesday the countrys Central Bankraised interest rates by 300 basis pointsTumblinglira has caused havoc among investors unnerved as Reuters wrote by interventions from President Tayyip ErdoganThe central bank which had been scheduled to hold its next policysetting meeting onJune 7 said it had increased its top interest rate to 165 percent from 135 percent prompting a sharp rally in the lira after it earlier tumbled 5 percentInvestors had been betting the selloff in the lira which has fallen about 20 percent so far this year to a series of record lows would force the bank into actionA short while before the Central Banks announcement through his Twitter accountDeputy ...
Zaev and Mickoscki hold a televised debate on the issue of the name
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the leader of the largest opposition party VMRODPMNE Hristijan Mickoski have appeared on a televised debate last night to discuss the latest developments concerning the issue of the name and the latest proposal Republic of Ilinden MacedoniaLeader of VMRODPMNE Hristijan Mickoski said that Zaev is the first prime minister to have failed in this processYou have made many concessions in front of the Greek side You accepted the erga omnes proposal and you are willing to amend the Constitution although you have previously declared that it will not be amended Mickoski said saying that the Greek side will continue with other demands According to him VMRODPMNE is against amendments of the ConstitutionOn his part PM Zoran Zaev said that th...