Hardinaj’s adviser detained by Serb authorities
Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj has announced today that his adviser, Srdjan Jovanovic has been detained by Serb security agencies. “Expressing great concern that my advisre from the Serb community, Srdjan Jovanovic has been detained and interrogated by the Serbian Police and Intelligence at the border crossing. Intimidation against Kosovo officials by Serbia’s authorities is unacceptable and a sign of aggression”, Haradinaj said. The PM has also called on authorities in Brussels to react against Serbia. “We call on authorities in Brussels to reflect and address the behavior of the Serb authorities against citizens of Kosovo. This sort of aggression does not help normalization...
North Macedonia: Officials involved in nepotism will be charged
Prime Minister and leader of SDSM, Zoran Zaev has called on everyone who has been hired thanks to their relatives who work in the public administration that they should hand in their resignation. Amongst the people that the Anti-Corruption Commission has identified there are close relatives of ministers, MPs and other state officials. “I call on all of those who have been hired thanks to nepotism to hand in their resignation. This is the only way the system will function”, Zaev said, stressing that the commission must also investigate cases of people hired during the period when the previous government in office. On the other...
Albania has made progress in the judicial system, EU says
The 11th Subcommittee meeting on Justice, Freedom and Security between the EU and Albania took place on 24 April in Brussels. Representatives from the European Commission and the Albanian authorities discussed the most recent developments in the area of rule of law and fundamental rights. The meeting was co-chaired by Ms Michela Matuella, Head of Unit for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Directorate General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission (Commission) and Mr. Sokol Dedja, Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs. The meeting offered an opportunity to take stock of the progress achieved by Albania in the past...
Victory and defeat as consolation
Erol Rizaov There is nothing easier than declaring victory before elections. Especially in unfinished elections when there is a second round. It is crucial for the participants in the contest and party leaders to show the public the most important part of the campaign that the opponent is defeated. To encourage their supporters and the undecided who are the largest "party" to join the winner on time, to be part of the triumph. That's why two, sometimes three or more political parties are going to declare victory. This is the case with the first round of North Macedonian presidential elections. One counted the votes, the...
US official: Kosovo and Serbia should take advantage of Berlin conference
Former deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, Bryan Hoyt Yee says that the Berlin conference is not decisive in terms of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, but an opportunity to talk. He says that discussions in Berlin will bring something new and progress between the two countries. “I praise Germany and other countries for organizing such meetings. I hope that the discussions will be sincere and that there will be details about the next steps that Serbia and Kosovo should take. I don’t think territorial partitions based on ethnic lines is a good idea”, Yee said. In a meeting dubbed “Unsolved...
Government set to use primary surplus excess for tax breaks & handouts
Having posted a larger than expected primary surplus in 2018, Greece’s government is contemplating the adoption of handouts in coming weeks, as European and local elections approach. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras chaired a meeting to discuss the measures to be adopted, with the participation of Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and Alternate Finance Minister Giorgos Houliarakis. Some of the measures are expected to be permanent, while others will be one-off interventions. A final decision on the exact nature and content of the measures is expected early May, after the Orthodox Easter holiday has passed, with immediate effect. According to government sources and local media...
Opposition in Albania expected to block roads
There will no longer be demonstrations in front of parliament every time there are plenary meetings inside of it, but in the country's main roads. This is the new  plan of the opposition in Albania as regards its anti-government rallies. According to opposition, rallies will no longer take place in front of Parliament. Instead, the opposition has decided to hold demonstrations in the main roads of the country. These demonstrations will last an hour. This seems to be a new form of protest against current Prime Minister Rama’s government. Meanwhile, opposition leaders have sent out signals that protests will continue and will escalate to civil disobedience....
Energy at the heart of the Tsipras – Menendez meeting
Energy developments were at the top of the agenda of the meeting between the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the US Senator Bob Menendez, head of minority of the US Senate Committee on the Foreign Affairs. At the meeting, according to a written announcement by the Greek Prime Minister's Office, particular emphasis was placed on the bill currently being promoted to Congress at the initiative of Senators Bob Menendez (Democratic Party) and Marco Rubio (Republican Party) concerning the Security in the Eastern Mediterranean, the emergence of Turkish provocation and the promotion of Energy Partnership in the wider region of SE Europe. In this context,...
Cyprus borrowed 1.25 billion euros from the markets
Cypriot FinMin is particularly satisfied with the results By Michalis Michael The Republic of Cyprus borrowed EUR 1.25 billion from the markets, with the Finance Minister expressing his satisfaction with this result, which as he said is a reward for the strong image the Cypriot economy has created. Cyprus’s foray into the markets was with a dual-issue, that of a 5-year bond and a 30-year bond, the first bond in the history of the Republic of Cyprus with such a long term. Georgiades said that the money raised would be spent exclusively on the early repayment of the Russian loan, the balance of which amounts...
Economic interests of China and Greece are completely aligned, Katrougalos says
The Greek Foreign Minister, Giorgos Katrougalos, speaking to XinHua, stressed the complete alignment of the financial interests of Greece and China, one day before Alexis Tsipras’ arrival in Beijing, within the framework of the One Zone - One Road Initiative Forum. The focus of the contacts on the third trip of the Greek Prime Minister to the Chinese capital over the last three years will be on the potential to strengthen bilateral relations, focusing on investment and the development of cooperation in logistics and high technology. And of course the benefits that Greece will derive from its participation in the "17 + 1" initiative as...