Haradinaj: Mini-Schengen aims to expand Russian and Chinese influence in the Balkans
Outgoing Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, addressed yesterday journalists about the Balkan mini-Schengen, which he called a “Belgrade-based Russian and Chinese influence”. He said that the mini-Schengen is not in Kosovo’s interest and has nothing to do with the visa liberalization process. Haradinaj said that mini-Schengen is just an expansion, to which Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Albanian PM Edi Rama and North Macedonia PM Zoran Zaev are inviting Kosovo to join in. “It is not in Kosovo’s or Europe ’s interest. Russia and China are installed in all aspects in Belgrade. Kosovo has no interest in the expansion of Russian and Chinese influence in...
Tsipras launches scathing attack on Mitsotakis government
In a wide-ranging interview with OPEN TV on Tuesday, main opposition SYRIZA party leader Alexis Tsipras launched a scathing attack on the New Democracy government led by Kyriacos Mitsotakis. The former Prime Minister criticized the proposals put forth by the ruling party in the ongoing constitutional revision, arguing that it has failed to rise to the occasion and substantially change articles in a meaningful way. He went on to criticize the recent amendment of the penal code, which he said was only changed by the government to supposedly tackle the use of Molotov cocktail bombs. Tsipras slammed what he sees as government and media silence...
Vucic: I will fight to leave much more to Serbia with every ounce of my power and energy
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic made his first public appearance today, following his hospitalization at the Military Medical Academy on Saturday after the deterioration of a chronic heart problem he has been facing. The Serbian President participated in the signing of the contract for the Ruma-Sabac road section on Tuesday, while meeting with representatives from the Azvirt company which will carry out the 21.4-km project, while he said he expected that the Moravian Corridor project would be signed over the next ten days. In the interview that followed, Aleksandar Vucic, as expected, received many questions about his health, noting that journalists had nothing to do with...
New Democracy proposes constitutional establishment of Guaranteed Minimum Income
Maximos Mansion Headquarters present New Democracy's proposal in Parliament for the guaranteed minimum income to be established in the Greek Constitution, in the context of the Constitutional Revision, as proof of the Prime Minister's social sensitivity. According to Maximos Mansion officials, "through the process inaugurated in Parliament, the government will constitutionally safeguard the guaranteed minimum income, that is, the safety net for the weakest". After attacking SYRIZA accusing it of "refusing to institute and enforce the Guaranteed Minimum Income" which the former New Democracy government sought to achieve, they speak of the "prime minister's commitment". Specifically, Maximos Mansion communicates: “Kyriakos Mitsotakis, during the period leading...
Dendias heads to NATO Ministerial Conference
Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias will travel to Brussels on Wednesday, November 20, to attend the NATO Ministerial Conference. The operations of the Conference will focus on the preparation of the NATO Summit, which will take place in London on December 3-4, 2019. The Foreign Ministers of the North Atlantic Alliance state-members are expected to discuss the matter of burden-sharing between the Allies and focus on various security issues, such as energy security and the process of tackling hybrid threats. During work-lunch, the discussion will focus on NATO's relations with Russia and China. As part of the Summit, the Greek Foreign Minister will...
Erdogan to participate in quadripartite meeting with France, Germany and the UK
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will participate in a four-part meeting with the leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom in London, Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin announced on Tuesday. Speaking to the press after the cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace, the Turkish Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin stated that the Turkish President would attend a quadripartite meeting with Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Boris Johnson shortly after the NATO Summit, which is scheduled to be held in London on December 3-4. According to Ibrahim Kalin, while at the NATO Summit, Recep Tayyip Erdogan will talk about "the mission, the vision of NATO, the position...
BiH Presidency appoints new Council of Ministers Chairman
After more than a year without a functional government, the BiH Presidency appointed Zoran Tegeltija, member of the Alliance of the Independent Social Democrats (SNSD), to the position of Chairman of the Council of Ministers. This means that a government will soon to be formed and that normality and functionality will finally return to BiH in some of the main state institutions. It seems that the Presidency members finally found common ground, but it means that somebody went out of his way to achieve this. Information says that the BiH Presidency held an extraordinary session and took the decision that citizens have been waiting for...
Greek PM to attend EPP conference in Zagreb tomorrow
Greek Prime Minister and President of New Democracy Kyriakos Mitsotakis will be in Zagreb, Croatia, on Wednesday and Thursday to participate in the European People's Party's Statute and Electoral Congress. The Court is expected to elect the new leadership, including the president and the new vice-presidents of the European center-right. The main issues that the Court will address are climate change, developments in the Western Balkans and European youth support policies. On the sidelines of the conference, Mitsotakis will meet with European leaders, including Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. The Greek prime minister is determined...
Brussels to rubber-stamp conclusion of 4th post-bailout review of Greek economy
The European Commission is expected to approve the conclusion of a fourth review of Greece’s economy this week, paving the way for a green-light to subsequently be provided at the 4 December Eurogroup meeting for the disbursement of post-bailout funds to Athens. More specifically, the European Central Bank (ECB) and Eurozone central banks are set to disburse over 760 million euros to Athens in profits from Greek bonds. Brussels is also expected to praise Greece’s efforts to turn around its economy and the positive momentum sustained in debt markets, which is primarily attributed to the pro-reform climate cultivated by the Mitsotakis administration. Speaking in the...
Cyprus and USA strengthen their relations
The meeting between the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus Nikos Christodoulides was held in Washington today amidst an excellent climate, on the occasion of the one-year anniversary since the signing of the Statement of Intent between the two countries. According to a statement by the Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "During the meeting, the two ministers had the opportunity to review the full scope of the Cypriot-US relations, recognizing that bilateral relations on a number of issues are on a steady strengthening path; they reaffirmed the two governments’ political willingness towards that direction, and discussed specific...