Mitsotakis, Stournaras discuss plans to address bad loans
The president of main opposition New Democracy party Kyriacos Mitsotakis presented his partys plans to tackle nonperforming loans NPLs if he wins a general election next yearMitsotakis met with Bank of Greece BoG governor Yannis Stournaras on Monday to discuss the crucial issue of NPLs which have been threating to cull Greeces economic recovery The conservative partys shadow finance minister Christos Staikouras and Mitsotakis chief of staff Stelios Petsas also attended the meetingMitsotakis said guaranteeing banks liquidity is a necessary priority A bold but fair settlement for bad debt is necessary for real relief of households burdens and businesses viability he said Following a decadelong economic crisis NPLs in Greece exceed 85 billion euros in total...
Inauguration of Republika Srpska National Assembly president and BiH Presidency member
As of today Monday November 19 Republika Srpska RS has a newly inaugurated National Assembly RSNA entity president and Serb member of the BiH Presidency As such RS is almost done with regard to the establishment of new institutions in accordance with October General Elections resultsThe first session of the RSNA was to say the least unusual since many events made it really interesting First of all for the first time in history MPs from the same party suggested two different candidates for the RSNA speaker In accordance with an agreement within the coalition of Alliance of the Independent Social Democrats SNSD Democratic Peoples Alliance DNS and Socialist Party SP the position of the speaker goes to DNS But in the last few days this party was split as the Ma...
Turkey is sending two ships to the Mediterranean
Turkish Energy Minister Fath Donmez announced two new Sea surveys in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea stressing that Turkey is determined to defend its rights in the eastern MediterraneanDonmez said that in the Eastern Mediterranean the Exclusive Economic Zone EEZ of Turkey and in areas of our jurisdiction we have declared that we will continue exploring and extracting oil and gas without the permission of anyone There as you know our two ships the Barbaros research ship and the Fatih drilling ship started mining and the works continue We have no aspirations in anyones resources but no one should have any aspirations and say in our own resourcesThe Turkish Energy Minister in an interview with the A Haber television network said that after the acquisition of ...
Albanian PM in Vienna: We will offer Albanians what they deserve
Despite the problems that exist Albanian citizens will get what they deserve while their government is committed for regional cooperationThis was declared today by Albanian PM Edi Rama from Vienna in a press conference with his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes HahnParticipating in the meeting of Western Balkan leaders Rama said that he was grateful about the approach shown by European officials for the integration of these countries but also for Kosovos visa liberalisation processFor countries of Western Balkans being in Austria is like being at home Were very committed toward the process of regional cooperation and grateful for the work being done by commissioner Hahn We are addressing challenges that concern cooperat...
Kosovo is hoping on becoming a member of Interpol
Interpols Assembly General has held its proceedings today in Dubai Attending these proceedings was also Kosovos Foreign Minister Behgjet PacolliIn his address Pacolli said that he was optimistic for Kosovos accession in this organization and that he expects this organization to take the right decisionMeanwhile Serbias Interior Minster Nebojsa Stefanovic has considered this as outrageous and a violation of international rightsStefanovic said that the process for Kosovos accession at Interpol is being politicized adding that Serbia will do everything it can to stop this processMeanwhile the voting in Kosovo is expected to take place on Tuesday at 11 am ibna...
The ND leader was calling for the Archbishop not to reach an agreement, the government impeaches
The Archdiocese refutes the claims ND sources confirm the meetingSacred war has broken out between the government and the opposition on the basis of the framework agreement reached on November 6 between the Prime Minister and the Archbishop The spearhead for the New Democracy and for a portion of the Hierarchs is the transfer of the salaries of the priests from the public to the jurisdiction of the Church of Greece Something that according to the government gives the possibility of strengthening the state with doctors teachers firefighters and filling gaps in the welfare stateOn Friday the Holy Synod in a tense and controversial session decided to continue the dialogue with the State setting the salary issue as a red line The status of the salary of ecclesiastical ...
The budget, pensions and …delays
A Commission report to be released on Wednesday is expected to criticize Athens for delaying the delivery of postbailout reforms Specifically Athens is behind on the repayment of State arrears to individuals by as much as 3 billion euros At this rate of repayment the government is expected to fail to deliver on a commitment to repay arrears in full by the end of the yearOn the privatizations front delays are also observed Agreed timetables for ELPE DEPA the DEI lignite units and Elliniko have not been metBased on these delays and evidence pointing to a relaxation of reforms the Commissions report will not greenlight conditional measures providing debt relief that were agreed last June As we know the report will determine the return to Athens of the first 600 million...
Who benefits from tension in the East Med?
Ankara levelled a fresh threat on Sunday to whichever company dares to operate in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus Ankaras argument Maintaining stability in the Eastern Mediterranean regionBut how is it possible for the presence and activity of any energy company being a threat to security in the Eastern Mediterranean while the upkeep of a warring climate in the region despite the interventions of neutral parties such as the US or the EU doesnt constitution oneThe ratification of an agreement between Israel Egypt and Cyprus signed in December appears to be triggering tension instead of practically being a guarantee of securing stability in the Eastern Mediterranean The region appears to be rich in reserves of gas and oil and so far only part o...
Phillips: Kosovo’s division is a strategic plan for Putin
David Phillips US expert of foreign policy has declared that the Russian president sees Kosovo as an American project and destabilizing Kosovo is Putins way to get back to the US for NATOs interventionAccording to him division is part of Putins strategic plan to mine Western influence in Kosovo and expand the influence of his country by strengthening SerbiaI know that presidents Hashim Thaci and Vladimir Putin agreed on many things during the meeting that they held in Paris but we should not trust him because Russia is not a friend of Kosovo or the US This was declared during a televised interview that the US expert gaveWill Putin guarantee the fact that Russia will lift its veto at the UN Security Council for Kosovos accession Can he convince China Im scepti...
Haradinaj-Brnabic to meet in Vienna today
Kosovos Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj will have a working breakfast today in Vienna with the Prime Ministers of Western Balkan countriesPresent in this meeting will also be the Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz where the sides will discuss the European perspective of the Balkan region The meeting will also be attended by the Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabic Albanian PM Edi Rama Montenegrin PM Dusko Markovic and the representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis ZvizdicPrime Minister of FYROM Zoran Zaev has cancelled his attendance due to the domestic political problems happening in the countryMeanwhile the EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn will also be present in this meeting to assess the current situation in Western Balkans ibna...