North Macedonia: Special Prosecutor’s Office sparks a debate between majority and opposition
The fate of the Special Prosecutor’s Office, which was set up to investigate registered conversations incriminating the previous government, has triggered a political debate in Skopje. According to the government, the Special Prosecutor’s Office must be a special institution, while the opposition wants this institution to be part of the General Attorney’s Office. Meanwhile, the opposition has requested changes to be made in the prosecutors who work in this institution, starting with chief prosecutor Katica Janeva. On his part, PM Zoran Zaev has said that he does not accept any changes to be made to this institution. “We should offer our support for the capacities...
North Macedonia’s president refuses to sign yet another bill
North Macedonia’s president, Gjorge Ivanov has not agreed to sign the bill against discrimination, which parliament adopted last week. The bill has gone back to parliament again, while Ivanov argues that his decision is based on the Constitution. “Under article 75 of the Constitution, I have decided not to sign the bill for the prevention and protection against discrimination that the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia has sent me on 11 March of this year”, Ivanov argues. Meanwhile, the president of North Macedonia has also refused to sign a number of other bills which relate to the reforms demanded by the European Union. /ibna/
IBNA/Interview with Y. Steinitz: It is up to Turkey to be part of this partnership
The Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz spoke exclusively to IBNA, on the sidelines of the Greece-Cyprus-Israel Tripartite Cooperation Summit with the participation of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in Jerusalem, on the importance of cooperation among the Eastern Mediterranean countries in the energy sector, the next steps, and the role of Turkey. Minister, what are your expectations from this trilateral plus one meeting, here in Jerusalem? Well, it’s always good to meet with our friends from Greece and Cyprus, this time with our big friends from the USA. Of course, from my perspective as minister of Energy, our cooperation on energy and the EastMed...
Albanian opposition leader Basha attends EPP Assembly in Brussels
The leader of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha is in Brussels where he attended yesterday the Political Assembly of the European People’s Party. Last night, Mr. Basha said that he met with Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, chairman of CDU. “On behalf of DP, I expressed our recognition for the support given by CDU in drafting our economic program and for helping DP to modernize”, Mr. Basha said. During the Political Assembly of the European People’s Party, Basha also met other important personalities of this European political formation. The leader of the opposition held friendly meetings with the President of EPP, Joseph Daul, EPP’s candidate for president of...
US envoy optimistic that a deal will be reached between Kosovo and Serbia this year
Special US envoy for Ukraine, Kurt Walker says that by the end of the year, Kosovo and Serbia may reach a deal which would mend ties between the two countries and that this would depend on the support that the two countries will have. Former US ambassador to NATO, Walker told VOA that there’s no turning back in the relations between Kosovo and Serbia and that this agreement is important for both of these countries. “Everything depends on what these two countries will decide [Kosovo and Serbia]. There is a rule according to which borders cannot change arbitrarily, like it happened with Crimea’s annexation by...
A physical incident provokes a row between Serb politicians in Kosovo
Serb member of the parliament of Kosovo, Slobodan Petrovic, who is also chairman of Independent Liberal Party, said that he was physically attacked on Wednesday at the centre of Pristina by two people  who were related to the Serb List party, which has the backing of authorities in Belgrade. Petrovic told a news conference on Wednesday that he had been attacked following an interview given for Kosovo’s public broadcaster during which he had spoken out about things that former minister of Agriculture of the Serb List, Nenad Rikalo, had done during his time in office. Mr. Petrovic said that “the people who attacked me were...
New Democracy reacts strongly to Interior Ministry election amendment
Main opposition New Democracy reacted strongly on Wednesday to an amendment pushed through parliament by the Tsipras administration which allows MPs to run as candidate MEPs without giving up their seats in the Greek House. Opposition parties, including the center-right New Democracy, have called the amendment – which was attached to an Interior Ministry bill primarily focusing on gender equality - “photographic”. It is thought that the specific provision will allow MPs propping up the SYRIZA government to run for a seat in the European Parliament without having to resign, which would jeopardize the slim government majority. Earlier this week, Kyriacos Mitsotakis dubbed the provision...
Statements by the leaders after the 6th Tripartite Cyprus-Greece-Israel Summit, with the participation of the US Secretary of State, in Jerusalem
The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, and the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, as well as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who participated in the work of the Summit held in Jerusalem, stressed the great importance of the trilateral cooperation of Cyprus - Greece - Israel for stability and prosperity in the region. In a brief reference before the opening of the session, the President of the Republic said that "today is a great moment and I want to thank my good friend, Prime Minister Netanyahu, for convening this historic meeting in Jerusalem. We are delighted...
Albanian president Meta urges PM Rama to resign
The President of Republic took an official position today in relation to the political crisis in the country, offering a number of messages, which, according to him, aimed at offering a solution to an ongoing conflict. Ilir Meta declared from Pogradec that the country finds itself in a critical situation and encouraged “reflection by everyone in order to put an end to polarizing and excluding behaviours before the damages of this crisis threaten every achievement made in the past three decades”. Meta offers his resignation, implying that Rama should do the same As part of this reflection process, Meta invites Rama to hand his resignation...
Joint Statement of Cyprus-Greece-Israel-USA, after the 6th Tripartite Summit with the participation of the US Secretary of State in Jerusalem
The governments of the United States, the State of Israel, the Hellenic Republic, and the Republic of Cyprus met today in Jerusalem to affirm their shared commitment to promoting peace, stability, security, and prosperity in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Secretary Pompeo underlined U.S. support for the trilateral mechanism established by Israel, Greece, and Cyprus, noting the importance of increased cooperation. The leaders agreed to increase regional cooperation; to support energy independence and security; and to defend against external malign influences in the Eastern Mediterranean and the broader Middle East.  They welcomed the recent natural gas find in the Eastern Mediterranean and its potential to contribute...