Turkish Minister of Internal Affairs speaks of a 7.5-magnitude earthquake in Istanbul
The statements by the Turkish Minister of Internal Affairs Suleyman Soylu regarding the possibility of a major earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale hitting Turkey caused great fear. In Turkey, where 41 people died following the 6.8-magnitude earthquake while 76 buildings have been completely destroyed, reports of a major earthquake in the city of 18 million residents have raised skepticism. Speaking to CNN Turk, Soylu said "We expect an earthquake of 7.5 on the Richter scale. The expected earthquake is of a 7.5-magnitude. Therefore, we are preparing for that scenario". Indeed, seismologists have repeatedly raised the issue of a major earthquake hitting Istanbul within...
Turkey: Death toll rises to 41-Government announces measures to aid earthquake victims
The Turkish Government will proceed with the construction of temporary shelters to house the 1,000 families affected by Friday's devastating earthquake, Minister of Internal Affairs Suleyman Soylu said in a press conference. The shelter settlements will be located in the central neighborhood of Asagi Holpenk in the Elazig province, will have electricity and hot water, and their construction is expected to be completed within 10-15 days. Soylu pointed out that all the earthquake victims’ needs would be met in 45 settlements across the city. The Government will provide residents of ruined residencies pending demolition whatever they need to support emergency leases totaling 41,000 Turkish pounds...
Greece enters the markets with a 15-year bond
The Public Debt Management Agency has decided the issuance of a 15-year bond. According to an announcement by the Greek Government, BNP Paribas, Barclays, BofA, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and JP Morgan were instructed to take over the maturing version in 2035. The joint venture will proceed in the near future, depending on the conditions on the international markets, as sources report. It is noteworthy that Finance Minister Christos Staikouras, speaking to SKAI TV earlier today, confirmed this development, saying that "the procedures were in place". The question he was asked was whether the Greek Government would be issuing today a 15-year bond. The market was...
Cyprus: Committee to be set up for the celebration of 200 years since the 1821 Revolution
We can evaluate on the basis of aptitude indicators with the results of the four-month examination, said the Minister of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth Prodromos Prodromou today. Speaking to the press from the Presidential Palace after the Council of Ministers meeting, Prodromos Prodromou stated that "The Council of Ministers today decided, on a proposal from the Ministry, to set up a committee on the occasion of 200 years since the palingenesis and the revolution of 1821. A panel of distinguished personalities will be nominated to make suggestions and plans on how to celebrate this very important anniversary". Asked about the subject of the four-month...
Bulgaria: Two Russian diplomats deported for espionage
The Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Bulgaria has sent letters to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding two Russian citizens, who allegedly collected state secret information on behalf of a foreign country or a foreign organization. Proceedings against the Russian citizens have been halted as they enjoy diplomatic immunity. Under its powers, the Foreign Ministry declared the Russian diplomat and the member of the technical staff of the Russian embassy in Sofia “persona non grata”. Russian Ambassador Anatoly Makarov was summoned to the Foreign Ministry on Friday to receive the documents, according to which the two Russians have 48 hours to leave the country....
Serbia: National Assembly begins consultations on 20 bills and decisions of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic will table to Parliament for consultation, at an extraordinary session starting today, 13 draft bills and decisions on infrastructure, construction and transport. As announced by the Government of Serbia, the draft bill on specific procedures for the implementation of construction and reconstruction of infrastructure facilities is of particular importance and will allow for the rapid implementation of large infrastructure projects under the new investment cycle. The ministry intends to launch new investment projects worth around EUR 5 billion in 2020 and more efficient administrative procedures would help build the planned roads, railways, airports...
Erdogan: Algeria is one of the major gateways for Turkey in Africa
Turkey stands firmly with the people of Libya in their time of need, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday. In a joint press conference with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune, the Turkish President stressed: "we are determined to stand with our Libyan brothers", adding that Ankara wants to secure peace in Libya and prevent foreign interventions against the UN-recognized government. Referring to the agreement reached in Berlin, he said that "we fully support the US-led political process for a ceasefire embraced by the Libyans". During their meeting, the two leaders discussed possible co-operation in the fields of economy, trade, defense and tourism, and...
Metron Analysis poll has mixed messages for Mitsotakis government
An opinion poll by Metron Analysis got To Vima on Sunday put ruling New Democracy on a 37.1%, with main opposition SYRIZA on 22%. The Movement for Change was third on 5.8%, followed by the Communist Party on 5%, Greek Solution on 4.8% and DiEM25 on 4%. The Prime Minister secured a 65% approval rating for the way he is carrying out his duties. Most notably, Kyriacos Mitsotakis appears to appeal to centrist voters (71%) and center-left voters (52%), while those on the left of the political spectrum also see him in a positive light by 31%. Moreover, he remains the most popular political party...
Turkey: Erdogan to visit Algeria, Gambia and Senegal
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan departed for Algeria on Sunday, January 26, for the first stop of his three-day African tour. "We are determined to strengthen our ties with the African countries", Erdogan told reporters before leaving Istanbul. According to the schedule, the Turkish President will have a bilateral meeting with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune in Algeria; expanded talks will follow, and then a joint press conference will be held. Erdogan will then participate in the Turkish-Algerian Business Forum. "We were with Mr. Tebboune at the Berlin Summit [on Libya]. We also held bilateral meetings there”, Erdogan said. "We will also have the opportunity...
Turkey: Death toll rises to 31 with more than 1500 injured following Friday’s earthquake
The devastating 6.8-magnitude Richter earthquake that struck eastern Turkey and the Elazig province on Friday has left 31 people dead and more than 1,500 injured, while more than 45 people have been pulled from rubble. So far 1,547 civilians have been reported injured, and rescue crews are continuing efforts to release and rescue locals trapped in rubble, according to the Disaster Management and Emergency Authority (AFAD). More than 3,400 people are assisting in the investigations with hundreds of vehicles and 17 rescue dogs. The teams inspecting the disaster caused by the earthquake say 76 buildings have been destroyed, 42 have been seriously damaged while 425...