Zaev: Gruevski had accepted the terms Upper and Northern Macedonia in 2012-2013
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in an interview with Skopje TV channel 5 said that in the 20122013 negotiations Nikola Gruevski and VMRODPMNE had accepted the terms Upper and Northern Macedonia for erga omnes useThis is not the first time that an erga omnes geographic name has been accepted said Zoran Zaev in this interviewNikola Gruevski had accepted Northern and Upper Macedonia in 2012 and 2013 but without identifying it Greece rejected this agreement due to the provocation of the Skopje 2014 project This was the case in the negotiations and I am saying it for the first time Zoran Zaev said to comment in the end that he never published this bomb in order not to hurt the negotiating position of fYROMacedoniaGruevskis reactionThe reaction of former Prime M...
OP-ED/Albania’s path toward the EU goes through the Bermuda Triangle
This article has been written for Albanian Free Press newspaper andwwwalbanianfreepressalBy ALFRED PEZAAlbanians have often cursed the fact that they live in the Balkans relating this to their poverty wars and divisions A few weeks ago when the European Commission recommended the opening of negotiations for EU accession for Albania and Macedonia many people here rejoiced but it looks like the door into Brussels is not as easy as it looks to be opened on June 28Although Brussels admits that Albania and Republic of North Macedonia have fulfilled all the necessary criteria in the best case scenario Tirana and Skopje may be required to deliver several conditions before their negotiations are opened In the worst case scenario the European aspiration for both countries ...
Greek debt relief deal draws closer
The Greek government is confident a crucial Eurogroup meeting on Thursday will grant the country muchneeded debt relief while also giving the goahead for the conclusion of the final review of its bailout program These developments will pave the way for Greece to end its threeyear bailout deal in August 2018Several scenarios have come to light with regard to the scope of the debt relief Athens will be given The International Monetary Funds role in developments will be key according to analystsEuropean Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said earlier this week that the Washingtonbased Fund will continue to participate in the postprogramme surveillance of Greeces economy More importantly Moscovici noted the IMF must be convinced by the imminent agreemen...
They "erase and rewind" 3 texts ahead of the Eurogroup meeting
A definitive solution to all issues namely the fourth assessment the postmemorandum period and an additional relief for the Greek debt through the implementation of the MediumTerm measures is expected at the Eurogroup meeting next Thursday on June 21stAt present 3 individual texts are being written whose final form will result as a decision of the meeting The first concerns the alleviation of the Greek debt and the ways in which it will take place According to the latest information from authority sources the solution being promoted is based on the following key axes extending the repayment time of the second memorandum of EUR 131 billion by the EFSF with the extension being secured for nearly9 yearsFrom then on there will be a safety cushion from the unallocated res...
BiH faces serious problems because of the migrants
One migrant is killed and another severelywounded by knives in two separate violentfights in Bosnia and Herzegovinas refugee centres in Salakovac and in Velika Kladua They were not attacked by locals Unfortunately it was a fight between them After a migrant died in Velika Kladua the police arrested two othersand searched the centre A large number of knives scissors and other items that can be used as deadly weapons were foundThese two cases are the tangible proof of the ongoing situation within the migrant community but also depicts the problems they cause to locals After the murder case peoplein Velika Kladua said that they are now more afraid to walk outside their homes after the sunset Some of them had earlier stated that they expect help by the police and the int...
Erdogan might have secured his victory even from 1st round
Latest polls show high rates for the Turkish presidentTwo different opinion polls today released their scientificresults forthe presidential and parliamentary elections of June 24 that are to be held in TurkeyThe SONAR poll haspredicted that Recep Tayyip Erdogan will get 483 of the votes Muharrem Ince 314 anderal Aksener95The imprisoned head of the proKurdish party Selahattin Demirtas will receive 82 of the votes and Temel Karamollaoglu 21 With this prediction the elections will be led to the second round However the Turkish presidents rates show upward trends Akseners low rates are surprising compared to the initial expectations Poll experts think that Ince instead of stealing votes from Erdogan he is actually doing so from AksenerThe Konda po...
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...