Romanian Interior Minister presents Expat rally report, USR chairman wants her resignation
On Sunday August 19 and nine days after the violent incidents between the Romanian riot police the gendarmes people who participated in the expat rally August 10 and rioters that took place in the very heart of Bucharest a few metres far from the countrys parliament the Interior MinisterCarmen Dan announced that 21 criminal cases have been opened after the events with three files having unidentified authors as romaniajournalro characteristically reportedLocal Newsrowrote that the report identified five cases of abuses against peaceful protesters with Danapologising to all those who had to suffer following the August 10 eventsShe added that information received from the intelligence services before August 10 had not had not suggested anything abouta crisis situati...
Talks between Kosovo and Serbia heading towards an end
The new round of talks for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is expected to start in SeptemberThese talks are expected to mark the finalization of a long process of negotiations which may lead to a mutual recognition of the two countriesFor both countries the agreement has been imposed as a condition for them to be able to advance in the process of European integrationThe president of Kosovo Hashim Thaci says that the finalization of dialogue with Serbia should lead to a mutual recognition and Kosovos accession in international organizationsDialogue between Kosovo and Serbia including border demarcation should be finalized with mutual recognition and Kosovo accession in the UN and other organizations Any other alternative is absurd presi...
Authorities in Skopje prepare for the referendum
Preparations continue in FYROM ahead of the referendum on the issue of the countrys name scheduled to take place on September 30th Meanwhile the election campaign has not yet fully started due to the summer holidaysThe latest debates between political parties and civil society have been focused on the issue of voters listsBased on a census held in 2002 FYOM has 21 million residents while the number of voters is 18 million CIVIL organization says that the voters list continues to be manipulated due to the large number of fictitious voters This organization also claims that it has received over 50 reports from activists and members of the public indicating that theres a significant number of addresses where there are no residents or votersCIVIL calls on the Mi...
Currency swap agreement signed by the central banks of Qatar and Turkey
Turkeys response to mounting US economic pressures was not only the raising of tariffs on American cars tobacco and alcohol but also a currency swap agreement that thecentral banks of Qatar and Turkey signed in the Qatari capital Dohaafter Qatar pledged 15 billion of investment package in Turkey on Wednesday August 15 2018Qatars bid was an attempt to help Turkish economy stay afloat following the American series of sanctionsSpeaking about his meeting with the Turkish leader that regarded the Qatari investment Sheikh Tamim saidWe stand by our brothers in Turkey that have stood with the issues of the Muslim world and with QatarToday in the framework of important negotiations with His Excellency President Erdogan in Ankara we announced a package of deposits and inv...
Athens-Berlin agreement under which Greece will take back refugees registered there
We have reached an agreement with Greece and the conclusion isimminentWe remain in talks with Italy and these talks have advanced quite a longwayWe assume that an agreementwill also be reached with Italysaid interior ministry spokeswoman Eleonore Petermann at a Berlin presser this Friday August 17Petermann pointed toa last outstanding exchange of agreement letters between Athens and Berlinfor the deal to be formally signedShe said that for the moment she is not in a position to give out more detailsChancellor Angela Merkel had earlier announced that she would engage personally in talks with the Italian government if necessary as euractivcom readsLast week the first migration agreement with Spain came into force It stipulates that Germany can send migra...
Pastor Brunson denied release as Turkish court rejects his appeal again
The American pastor Andrew Brunson will remain under house arrest at his home in Izmir since the3rd High Criminal Court in Izmir rejected the appeal for release filed by him on Friday ordering its continuation as well as that of the banon leaving the countryBrunson is charged with links to terrorism Anadolu reports thatIsmail Cem Halavurt Brunsons lawyer applied to the higher court after the appeal was also rejected by Izmirs 2nd High Criminal Court on WednesdayHis house arrest came as a recent development in view of his health problems afterthecourt allowed him instead of being imprisoned to continue serving his sentenceunder house arrestAndrew Brunson isfacing terrorismrelated charges and is accused of his alleged links with and spying for the Kurdish PKK and ...
The threats are the "beginning of the end" of Vucic's rule
The real author of the letter in which Serbian mayors from Kosovo threaten the opponents of the president is actually the president Aleksandar Vucic himself the threats were the sign of the beginning of the end of Vucics rule said some of those targeted by the open letter which was published earlier this weekTen socalled Serbian mayors from Kosovo Kosovo legislation sees and approves them as mayors but not the Serbian oneall of them supporters of Vucic and his Serbian Progressive Party SNS have threatened opposition leaders and monk Sava Janjic who oppose the presidents demarcation plan between Serbia and Kosovo saying that they will visit them in their houses and villas The mayors assume that Vucics plan may fail due to actions of his opponents if such a scenari...
Bulgarian Tourism Minister to sue former deputy tourism minister for defamation
Bulgarian Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova said on August 17 that she would take court action against former deputy tourism minister Branimir Botev after he alleged that she was linked to an attempted invasion of his home by three masked menBotev said in television interview that on the night of August 16 three men had tried to climb over the fence into the grounds of his home near Euxinograd on Bulgarias Black Sea coastHis son spotted one of the men and when the group was illuminated by the headlights of a passing car they ran away according to BotevHe linked the incident which he described as an attempt at intimidation to statements that he had made in a television interview some days ago in which he was sharply critical of the handling of the tourism portfolio by Ange...
fYROMacedonia: The government will hold 'pro-referendum' campaign
The government of Zoran Zaev is being cultivating a climate for the successful outcome of the referendum on the agreement with Greece to solve the name issue and in this context has decided to holda communication campaign in favour of the referendumAccording to a fYROMacedonian governments announcement this campaign will be a public interest communication process aimed at informing citizens about the content of the Prespa Agreement the benefits of the NATO and EU memberships and about the plan based on which the country will move towards the EU and the North Atlantic AllianceSo far the government of Zoran Zaev has not disclosed the amount he will spend on this campaign which will be implemented through advertisements and other media and social media entries However the ...
US backs the new ideas concerning dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia
The veteran US diplomat Philip Kosnett says that the US has not changed its position with respect to the solution of disputes between Kosovo and SerbiaMr Kosnett who has been appointed as the next US ambassador to Kosovo on Thursday appeared in front of the Senate Committee for Foreign AffairsSenator Chris Murphy asked the diplomat over the possibility that the US may support the idea for territorial exchangesThe senator wanted to know what instructions had the diplomat received regarding the US position and if this position had recently changedOur position has not changed We back dialogue brokered by the EU between the two countries We think that its very important that the two countries overcome old conflicts This is not a code word to cover the idea of terr...