Kosovo: Opposition seeks snap polls
Self Determination Party chairman Albin Kurti has demanded snap polls in order to establish new legitimate institutionsAccording to him the elections should be held as soon as possible in order to offer better governance for the citizensKurti warned massive protests if this unlawful government which is making concessions for Serbia continues to be in officeWe need to hold fresh general elections as soon as possible which means this fall If they do not give up on these personal adventures and if no elections are held in the fall then massive protests should not be avoided Kurti saidKurti has also launched criticism against Haradinajs government for corruption and for making concessions in Serbias favour ibna...
Merkel is against the idea for border changes in Western Balkans
Germany is against territorial exchanges between Kosovo and Serbia or border changes in Western BalkansGerman chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that there cannot be any border changes in Western Balkan countriesShe made these comments following a meeting with the Prime Minister of Bosnia Denis Zvizdic with which she discussed relations in the regionWe agreed on three issues the first one is the territorial integrity of all the countries of Western Balkans This is a sacred thing and we should all agree to this because there are always attempts to discuss the issue of borders We cannot do this The European future of the country of Western Balkans depends on this chancellor Merkel saidThere have been a lot of talks recently about possible territorial exchan...
OP-ED/Ohrid Agreement, the basis to achieve equality between communities
By Hazbi LikaThe values of the Ohrid Agreement have always been in line with the criteria required by integration structures democracy and principles of freedom regardless of nationality creed or raceDespite the difficulties that were encountering in this path we should insist and make maximum efforts to achieve consolidation in harmony with the interests of the communitiesTime has come to reduce the influence of destructive structures to prioritize progressive ideas which improve living standards economic development and we must also stimulate those mechanisms which help us in learning eachothers language and cultureOne of the projects which helps in delivering these objectives is the law on the use of languages which in itself contains this objective This ...
Romanian head condemns Friday violence, protesters file 63 criminal complaints against riot police
During a Monday briefing Romanias president Klaus Iohannis condemned the violence that took place last Friday in the heart of Bucharest during the expats antigovernment and anticorruption rally and the riot police assaultsMoreover he wondered how come three days on no one has faced charges after the eventsIohannis has accused the ruling party PSD of undermining the governance and that it has come with a repressive component romaniajournalro has saidIn a statement at Cotroceni Palace made on Monday the president said Three days have passed and no one is responsible for what happened in Victoriei Square on Friday In any responsible country we would have had a resignation at least No one has assumed political responsibility for what happened Why have we reach...
Greek economic recovery on track
Despite last Fridays upgrade of Greeces longterm foreign currency issuer default rating to BB from B by Fitch Ratings the countrys stock market tumbled on Monday mainly under the weight of Turkeys plunging currency which negatively impacted markets worldwideThe Fitch upgrade is however good news for Athens as the outlook on Greece is stable and the countrys banking sector was seen to be improving Fitch said in a report that substantially improved relations with international creditors was positive for the economyThe ratings agency forecasts the Greek economy will expand 2 percent in 2018 and 23 percent in 2019A positive momentum in Greeces economic recovery is key to the Greek coalition governments narrative ahead of an election year The Greek Finance ...
Bolton-Kilic meeting at the White House, focus on Brunson while the Turkish lira crisis disturbs markets
On Monday US National Security Adviser John Bolton and theTurkish ambassador to the US Serdar Kilic held a meeting at the White HouseThe main topic on their agenda was theAmerican Pastor Andrew Brunson who is under house arrest in Turkey for terrorism charges and also the bilateral ties that are under extreme stress latelyThe meeting and its agenda was announced by theWhite House press secretary Sarah Sanders througha relevant statementThey discussed Turkeys continued detention of Pastor Andrew Brunson and the state of the USTurkey relationship the statement readThe previous week aTurkish delegation discussedwith officials from the State and Treasury departments again about Brunsons case and the two states relations but it was announced that no happy medi...
'Srebrenica report' – a necessity or election rethoric?
On the eve of the another historic session of the Republika Srpskas National Assembly RSNA president of this BiH entity Milorad Dodik called for a meeting of all political party leaders in order to discussviewpoints to be debated atthe session scheduled for Tuesday morningAccording to rules and regulations concerning the work of the RSNA it is not possible to schedule aregular session after the end of July during anelection year thoughthe number of special sessions is not limitedOne of them as Dodik stated earlier is scheduled so that he managesto withdraw the RSNA accordance from the Srebrenica report issued 2004 and confirmed by the then RS president Dragan avi as well as by theRSNA MPs and then be able to change the 2004 report Dodiks wish who want...
Russia would support a Kosovo solution that would be acceptable for Serbia, Zakharova promised
Moscows position with regard to the Kosovo issue is consistent and strict it consists of three components an international legal basis for what is now going on in Kosovo respect of Serbian sovereignty and independence and understanding the interests of Serbia and its people said Maria Zakharova Russian Foreign Ministrys spokeswoman who was on a multiday visit to BelgradeConsidering the international legal basis Zakharova underlined that the UN Security Council resolution 1244 is still in force This resolution has not been revoked by anyone it is in force and valid she said in her interview with the Radio Television of Serbia RTS Those countries which are now very loud when it comes to the need to respect the international law should remember that Resolution 124...
Different scenarios for the referendum and agreement with Greece
Robert NesimiPolitical analystThe name agreement with Greece that promises to be Macedonias gateway for EuroAtlantic integrations still has a few hurdles to clear in the next few months First it has to face a referendum scheduled for the 30th of September and afterwards it must be ratified in Parliament together with the constitutional changes it requires While I am certain that the agreement will ultimately be ratified and step in force events over the next few months can play out in a number of ways with various possible outcomes Most will depend on the results of the referendum itself which obviously may pass or fail but even more important is the manner in which it passes or fails Key determinants will be whether the 50 participation threshold is reached and whether...
Presevo Valley seeks union with Kosovo
Albanian political representatives of the Presevo Valley support the idea for territorial exchanges between Kosovo and SerbiaProminent politician of this region Riza Halimi believes that a potential union of this territory with Kosovo would fulfill a long dating ambition for Albanians of this region however hes skeptical about the time when this proposal emergesAccording to Halimi who is chairman of the Party for Democratic Action this proposal should not have come from the president of Kosovo Hashim Thaci but from the parliament of KosovoHalimi considers this proposal as vague and not precise in the steps which need to be taken and the way it needs to be implemented He insists that the final phase of dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade where the issue of the Pr...