Serbia: New gov’t to be formed on Wednesday
Serbia's new government will be formed on Wednesday (October 28th) after the National Assembly approves the bill on ministries. Ana Brnabić's cabinet will consist of 21 Ministries, while there will also be ministers without portfolios, as decided on Sunday at the SNS Presidency meeting. Although the list of ministers was announced after the meeting, there are still some grey zones. That is, the SPS did not officially announce who from the party would head the Ministry of Education that belongs to them, nor who will be the minister without a portfolio. However, Branko Ruzic and Novica Toncev are expected to take these positions. What is...
Erdogan: Turkey supports a just, permanent and viable solution to the Cyprus issue
Turkey is supporting a just, permanent and viable solution to the Cyprus issue, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. "The efforts of the Turkish side alone are not enough for a solution", the Turkish President stated at the journalists, following his meeting with Ersin Tatar, newly-elected Turkish-Cypriot leader. "It is obvious that the Greek side is not intending to accept a solution based on equal cooperation with the Turkish Cypriot people", Erdogan said. The reason for the current situation in the Eastern Mediterranean lies in the Greek-Cypriot duo "which has ignored Turkey's warnings since 2003, alongside its constructive proposals", he said. Erdogan also...
Greece: Lavrov endorses extension of territorial waters to 12 nm, albeit with respect to common sense and geographical peculiarities
Russian Foreign Minister calls for direct dialogue with Turkey Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a series of contacts during his visit to Greece on Monday, as he met with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Main Opposition Leader Alexis Tsipras and his counterpart Nikos Dendias. "Russia can not adopt any position other than that dictated by the Law of the Sea", he said, adding that any member of the treaty could register their territorial waters up to 12 nautical miles, respecting common sense and geographical peculiarities. Nikos Dendias explained to Sergey Lavrov the escalation of the Turkish provocative behavior in the Eastern Mediterranean, as "just...
Bulgaria: Public broadcasting and democratic well-being
The bill on amendments to the Law on Radio and Television (NPT) has been a bone of contention in Bulgaria. "Laws that regulate the reality of the media can not and should not be drafted by politicians. This is a law that can and should only be written by people who work in the media, who understand their importance and can heed their problems". This is how constitutional judge Atanas Semov commented in an interview on the Bulgarian National Radio (BER) on the scandal that broke out regarding the bill for the amendment of the Law on Radio and Television, which was submitted to public...
North Macedonia: We have no territorial claims nor do we need a new agreement
North Macedonian-Bulgarian relations remained the hottest issue among the country's political actors over the weekend. Debates included the fact that North Macedonia has no territorial claims, that the struggle of the Macedonian revolutionaries was never motivated for territories, that there is no need for a new agreement with Bulgaria, but also asking the government for a position on Goce Delchev and the Macedonian language. Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev, on the Day of the Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle, stated that the struggle of the Macedonian revolutionaries was never motivated either for territories or for domination between them, adding that it was never oriented towards...
EU satisfied with Montenegro’s response to coronavirus crisis
The Montenegrin Government took timely measures to mitigate the consequences of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, along with the support of the European Union, it was assessed at today's Subcommittee Meeting on Economic and Financial Issues and Statistics. At the 13th meeting of this Subcommittee meeting between Montenegro and the European Union, which was held online and covered economic, fiscal and financial developments and challenges, as well as policy areas under Negotiation Chapters 17, 18, 32 and 33, the representatives of the Montenegrin competent institutions briefed the EC representatives on the activities carried out in the previous period in these areas. Deputy...
Kosovo: The Hague Tribunal might postpone announcing the decision on Thaçi, Veseli indictment
The 6-month period available to Pre-Trial Judge Nicolas Guillou to confirm or reject the 10-point indictment filed by the Office of the Special Prosecutor against President Thaçi has already expired. Thaçi and PDK leader Kadri Veseli are being prosecuted for a series of crimes during and after the war. The Specialized Chambers in The Hague have decided not to say at this time whether the charges against Thaçi and Veseli have been substantiated. As the head of the Public Information and Communication Unit at the Specialized Chambers, Angela Griep, announced about two weeks ago, that this indictment, like the others, can be confirmed, but not...
Turkish Foreign Ministry: France continues its unilateral and egocentric approach
Turkey reacted with a statement from the Foreign Ministry regarding the statements made by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and the words he used against Turkey, as well as the recall of the French Ambassador to Paris from Ankara for consultations. The announcement of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs states: "When Mr. Le Drian, the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France announced the decision to recall the French Ambassador in Ankara to Paris for consultations, it is understood that France tries to explain the process of tension that it has created and escalated. Unfortunately, the points expressed in his statement demonstrate...
Albania: Meta accused of granting Albanian citizenship to Ghanaian footballer
Albanian President Ilir Meta has been accused by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama of forging documents to grant Ghanaian international Winful Cobbinah Albanian citizenship. Albanian President Ilir Meta has granted full Albanian citizenship to the Ghanaian footballer, who has only been in Albania for two years, while it takes five years of continuous legal residence to apply for citizenship. The return of Albanian citizenship to Winful Cobbinah was facilitated within eight hours. Prime Minister Edi Rama reacted to the President's move to grant citizenship to the Ghanaian footballer, and accused him of forging documents for the star of FK Tirana. Albanian President Tedi Blushi's spokesman...
Nikos Kotzias: Critical remarks and facts around the Greek-Albanian EEZ
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, honorary professor and member of the "Pratto" movement Nikos Kotzias, analyzes, comments and records his critical remarks on the Greek-Albanian EEZ and the demarcations carried out by the Greek Government. In 2009, under the New Democracy (ND) government, Greece reached an agreement with Albania that provided 100% influence for the Diapontia Islands above Corfu. For unexplained reasons, the then government of ND did not bring the agreement to Parliament for ratification. In Albania, on the other hand, main opposition leader at the time Rama appealed to the Constitutional Court, which annulled the agreement invoking three arguments....