EU: Invitation letter by Michel to the members of the European Council
Invitation letter by President Charles Michel to the members of the European Council ahead of their special meeting on 1-2 October 2020 «Dear colleagues, Our special meeting on Thursday and Friday will primarily focus on Europe's place in the world and our capacity to shape our own destiny. Our meeting will start on Thursday at 15.00 with the traditional exchange of views with the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli. We will then use our first working session for a debate on EU-China relations, following the EU-China leaders' meeting via video conference on 14 September. We want to work with China on tackling major...
Pompeo: We look to Greece as a pillar of stability
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up his almost three-day official visit of the  to Greece, as he is expected to return to the States tomorrow. The US official, who was hosted in the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' family residence in Chania, visited today the American military base in Souda. "I therefore endorse his statement that the relations between our two countries have never been as close and productive as they are today. They are relationships that extend to all levels", stressed Kyriakos Mitsotakis in his remarks from Souda. He added: "I am also glad that my friend the minister will be hosted in...
Osmani: Contacts with Bulgaria will intensify
Foreign Affairs Minister Bujar Osmani stated that, in the near future, the government of North Macedonia would intensify its contacts with Bulgaria in order to reach a solution to the disputes and avoid an exclusion from the EU accession negotiations. Osmani recalled that Bulgaria has played an important role in unblocking the EU's prospects for the whole region, and expects Sofia to continue on this path. "Given that Bulgaria holds great value in restoring the European perspective of the region, especially through the 2018 Sofia Summit, it is in Bulgaria's interest to succeed in this regard and I expect all misunderstandings to be resolved in...
Romania: Allegations of fraud reported in Bucharest constituencies
The Bucharest 1st District Election Bureau resumed its work at 9 a.m. in an effort to untangle the situation that emerged in its constituency, after candidate Clotilde Armand accused incumbent Mayor Dan Tudorache (PSD) of attempted fraud. While the polls showed Armand leading the race even by 11.5 points, Tudorache claimed that, according to his own count, he was ahead by 200 votes. Armand said she and her associates had blocked the entrances of the town hall after discovering a person running for county council with more than 100 minutes in their possession, filled out and sealed, and called the police and the gendarmerie. When...
Bulgaria: “Poison Trio” sent letter to MEPs about government corruption
The European Parliament will convene in Brussels on October 5 to discuss the rule of law in Bulgaria. As such, Professor Velislav Minekov, lawyer Nikolay Hadjigenov and Arman Babikyan from the "Poison Trio" (the organizers of the protests) sent an e-mail to each of the 705 MEPs. According to them, the message contained public statements by the current Minister of Economy Lachezar Borisov and the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Desislava Taneva. The first clearly identifies corrupt practices ranging from 40 to 60% of the cost of European-funded COVID-19 projects, and the second provides clear guidance on how to cover abuses in order for...
Zaev: We discussed the economy with Mitsotakis, we will sign an agreement to avoid double taxation
The Prime Minister of North Macedonia continues to reveal what he discussed with the Greek Prime Minister during his visit to Athens in the context of the Economist. During Zoran Zaev's visit to Athens, he discussed with the Greek Prime Minister the aspects of the Prespa Agreement, the two border crossings that will be opened between the two countries and mainly for the economy, the Prime Minister of North Macedonia said in an interview with Channel 5 on Monday night. As he stressed, 90% of the time they talked about the two border crossings that need to be opened. "Greece received a grant from the...
Dačić: Nobody believes me, but I do not talk about the government with Vučić
Foreign Minister and SPS leader Ivica Dačić said that no one believes him anymore, but the reality is that he is not talking to President Aleksandar Vučić about the formation of the new government. "We had many challenges … Our relationship with Vučić is not a relationship between one ministry, two ministries, five ministries, but a matter of value systems and what we want to do in Serbia", Dačić said on Happy TV last night. He added that he sees or hears the President every day, but they discuss important state and national issues. "We share this value system, and how Vučić will present it...
BiH: Bosniak leaders support Azerbaijan’s “right to defend its territorial integrity”
Bakir Izetbegović, leader of the Party of the Democratic Action, the biggest Bosniak party in BiH, said on Monday that "the scenes from Azerbaijan bring back memories for Bosnia and Herzegovina; the country has every right to defend its territorial integrity following the artillery attacks by Armenian forces". "We are deeply concerned about the situation in Azerbaijan after the artillery attacks by the Armenian forces. Under international law, the Nagorno-Karabakh region belongs to the territory of Azerbaijan, and the declaration of war by Armenia represents yet another military aggression that must not be tolerated, especially since the target of the Armenian attacks was the civilian...
Greece: Change of rhetoric or change of policy on Greek-Turkish relations and EastMed between the three Joint Statements
Apart from the removal from today’s third statement on the Greece-US Strategic Dialogue of the word "historical" used to characterize the Prespa Agreement in the original text shared and posted on the official website of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, some parts of the text apear weakened compared to the second joint statement. For example, in the Joint Declaration of October 7, 2019, it is stated that "Greece and the United States, emphasizing the need to respect the territorial integrity of the countries in the region, noted with concern the illegal and provocative actions that cause tensions in the region, as well as the...
Turkey: We are landlords and not musafirs in the Mediterranean, says Erdogan
Peace in the Mediterranean will not come from any equation that does not fairly include Turkey and the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus", said the President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, taking the floor at the International Symposium on the Law of the Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean held in Istanbul. Turkey is a Mediterranean country, said Recep Tayyip Erdogan, noting that "here, as throughout history, we are landlords and not musafirs. Every move and every step in the Mediterranean directly affects the security, the rights and the interests of our country". "Turkey is in favor of peace, co-operation, law and justice...