FYROM: Reactions following the voting of the Prespa agreement by parliament
FYROMs Prime Minister Zoran Zaev was the first one to congratulate MPs for the voting of the constitutional amendments which give way to the approval of the new countrys name Republic of North Macedonia based on the Prespa agreementOur journey toward the EU and NATO has just started We still have a lot of work to do in order to make this journey shorter Zaev saidOn the other hand the leader of the largest party VMRODPMNE Hristijan Mickoski said that this is the saddest day for the country while announcing that all the MPs who voted in favour of these amendments were expelled from the partyMeanwhile a number of international figures have also praised the parliaments decision NATOs Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg posted on Twitter that the government a...
The Assembly said YES to the constitutional changes to name Macedonia’s North
A majority vote of 80 MPs has approved the decision to open the constitution for constitutional amendments to the name under the Prespa AgreementThese changes will enable the countrys name change in the Republic of North Macedonia in accordance with the Prespa Agreement reached between Skopje and AthensInitially it was voted through the electronic system and with the insistence of the VMRODPMNE parliamentary group leader the deputies voted separatelyIn the two voting phases 80 required votes of the ruling coalition the Albanian opposition parties and the votes of 8 deputies of the opposition VMRODPMNE coalition were secured Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov also attended the sessionIBNA...
Tsipras, Draghi and the reason behind their meeting
The meeting of Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras with the head of the European Central Bank ECB Mario Draghi in Brussels could be nothing but accidental during the first summit in the European capitalSurely there have been positive signals about the goodcourse of the Greek economy however there is an issue that remains thorny forAthens and is related to the preparation of the next issue of a bond which is scheduled forthe beginning of the new year And why wouldMario Draghi could have a say in thisAt the moment all four Greek systemic banks National Eurobank Piraeus and Alpha Bank have in their portfolios approximately 75 billion euros in Greek government securities But the ECB does not give the green light for their increaseThe above came into force in...
The frozen conflict between Serbia and Kosovo poses a "stability risk"
Washington appeals on both Belgrade and Pristina to use a historic opportunity and reach an agreement which would be a winwin solution said Matthew Palmer deputy assistant of the American secretary of state Palmer spoke during the Belgrade Security Forum today He has also met President Aleksandar VucicIf somebody wins and the other side loses then nobody wins Palmer said at the panel Building on momentum in the BalkansThe American official said that his country does not push towards any specific result of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina We do encourage both sides to find way forward as well as durable and sustainable solution Palmer saidThe solution must be acceptable for the both sides he went on Washington is ready to hear and assist Palmer sa...
BiH against Kosovo's membership in Interpol
Bosnia and Herzegovina will not support the membership of Kosovo in Interpol the BiH Ministry of Foreign AffairsannouncedThe Ministry explained this decision based onthe fact that BiH has not recognised Kosovo as independent state yet and accordingly cannot support its membership in any of the international organisationsIn its press release the Ministry emphasised that it did not recognise the the selfproclaimed independence of socalled Kosovo and and in accordance with that does not support the applications for its membership in the international and regional organisations therefore it will not support a possible candidacy for the membership of socalled Kosovo in InterpolThe exception according to the ministrys statement is the participation of this region th...
Alexis Tsipras in Paris, on November 11
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsiprasalong with about 60 heads of state and government will travel to Paris on November 11 to celebrate the 100th anniversary fromthe end of the First World WarAccording to a Le Figaro AFP article entitled November 11 60 Leaders in Paris for the celebrationssays more than 60 Heads of State and Government including Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will be attending the commemorative eventon the eve of an extremely symbolic ceremony in the presence of Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel at the place where the truce was signedFrench President Emmanuel Macron will hold a memory tour from 4 to 9 November in areas where battles took place during the First World War in France the presidential officeannounced on ThursdayThese celebrations are ...
Titan Group spreads its wings and flies to Brussels
After announcing it had joined the Global Cement and Concrete Association GCCA in September Titan Group an independent vertically integrated cement and building materials producer with 116 years of industry experience which until very recently was headquartered in Greece has decided to move its HQs to Brussels Belgium The news was announced via an official company statementon Thursday October 18Although the decision took many by surprise financial and business connoiseurs do justify the move by reiterating that Greeces choking business environment leaves no room for many companies that wish to expand to remain anchored in Greek watersThe company itself speaks of further future uninterrupted development and to contribute significantly to the international compet...
Turkish Foreign minister demands the Albanian government to close down Gullen’s schools
The Turkish government considers Fethullah Gulen as Turkeys enemy and the most wanted terrorist in the world therefore every investment which has Gullens name on it should disappearThis was said by the Turkish Foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu who is on a visit to Tirana Cavusoglu said that all schools belonging to Gullens and his organization FETO should be closed down considering them as antiTurkish schoolsWe expect these antiTurkish schools in Albania to be closed down This is what we expect This is a very serious threat for Albania because theyre capable of doing everything said Cavusoglu in a news conference delivered today with his Albanian counterpart Ditmir BushatiYou should close down Fethullah Gullens schools because they present a ser...
Parliament in FYROM continues to debate on the Prespa agreement
MPs in FYROM continue to debate on the constitutional amendments which are necessary for the implementation of the agreement reached with Greece regarding the issue of the nameMajority in parliament has announced that these are the final hours of debate but its still not certain if it has been able to secure 80 votes needed for the passage of the dealMacedonian media say that the voting may be postponed for another day if the parliamentary majority is not convinced that it has secured the necessary votesThe two ruling parties SDSM and BDI are optimistic about the voting of the agreement without specifying if the necessary votes have been securedMeanwhile VMRODPMNE has reiterated its position against the constitutional amendments and the agreement with Greece cons...
Reactions in Skopje following Kotzias’ resignation
The resignation of Greek Foreign minister Nikos Kotzias continues to spark reactions in SkopjeForeign minister Nikola Dimitrov said that he and Kotzias managed to achieve something which had not been achieved between the two countries in the past 27 years concerning the issue of the name disputeDuring the process of negotiations we managed to achieve something that was considered to be impossible in the past 27 years We managed to bring our countries closer and we managed to sign the Prespa agreement We built a bridge of friendship and we showed that our region is able to solve disagreements and build a future All my best wishes for Nikos Dimitrov saidFormer Foreign minister and VMRODPMNEs MP Antonio Milososki says that Kotzias resignation shows that the Prespa a...