Titan Group spreads its wings and flies to Brussels
After announcing it had joined the Global Cement and Concrete Association GCCA in September Titan Group an independent vertically integrated cement and building materials producer with 116 years of industry experience which until very recently was headquartered in Greece has decided to move its HQs to Brussels Belgium The news was announced via an official company statementon Thursday October 18Although the decision took many by surprise financial and business connoiseurs do justify the move by reiterating that Greeces choking business environment leaves no room for many companies that wish to expand to remain anchored in Greek watersThe company itself speaks of further future uninterrupted development and to contribute significantly to the international compet...
Turkish Foreign minister demands the Albanian government to close down Gullen’s schools
The Turkish government considers Fethullah Gulen as Turkeys enemy and the most wanted terrorist in the world therefore every investment which has Gullens name on it should disappearThis was said by the Turkish Foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu who is on a visit to Tirana Cavusoglu said that all schools belonging to Gullens and his organization FETO should be closed down considering them as antiTurkish schoolsWe expect these antiTurkish schools in Albania to be closed down This is what we expect This is a very serious threat for Albania because theyre capable of doing everything said Cavusoglu in a news conference delivered today with his Albanian counterpart Ditmir BushatiYou should close down Fethullah Gullens schools because they present a ser...
Parliament in FYROM continues to debate on the Prespa agreement
MPs in FYROM continue to debate on the constitutional amendments which are necessary for the implementation of the agreement reached with Greece regarding the issue of the nameMajority in parliament has announced that these are the final hours of debate but its still not certain if it has been able to secure 80 votes needed for the passage of the dealMacedonian media say that the voting may be postponed for another day if the parliamentary majority is not convinced that it has secured the necessary votesThe two ruling parties SDSM and BDI are optimistic about the voting of the agreement without specifying if the necessary votes have been securedMeanwhile VMRODPMNE has reiterated its position against the constitutional amendments and the agreement with Greece cons...
Reactions in Skopje following Kotzias’ resignation
The resignation of Greek Foreign minister Nikos Kotzias continues to spark reactions in SkopjeForeign minister Nikola Dimitrov said that he and Kotzias managed to achieve something which had not been achieved between the two countries in the past 27 years concerning the issue of the name disputeDuring the process of negotiations we managed to achieve something that was considered to be impossible in the past 27 years We managed to bring our countries closer and we managed to sign the Prespa agreement We built a bridge of friendship and we showed that our region is able to solve disagreements and build a future All my best wishes for Nikos Dimitrov saidFormer Foreign minister and VMRODPMNEs MP Antonio Milososki says that Kotzias resignation shows that the Prespa a...
“Mutual recognition between Serbia and Kosovo is the best solution”
Former US ambassador to Belgrade and current head of East West Think Tank Cameron Munter has declared that according to authorities in Washington a mutual recognition between Serbia and Kosovo would be the best thing to doThe best solution would be for an independent Kosovo and an independent Serbia to learn how to work with each other for their future he saidCommenting on the declaration made by the current US ambassador to Serbia Kyle Scott who has declared that the US considers Kosovo to be an independent state Munter recalled that during the time he was an ambassador in Belgrade the US had recognized Kosovo as an independent stateThis is nothing new This is the US position on Kosovo and this has been our position for the past 10 years Im surprised that this...
Kosovo’s army offers security for all communities, says PM Haradinaj
On Thursday parliament in Kosovo voted the three bills which give way to changes in the mandate of the Kosovo Security Force These bills which provide more responsibilities for this force were backed by all political parties in parliament except for the Serb ListThe Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj has considered the voting of these bills as one of the most decisive days for the consolidation of the state and its path toward NATO integrationHe said that the army of Kosovo is a multiethnic force which will provide security for all communities in the countryWere all aware of the work that were doing today I wouldnt want to participate this debate but I assure you that were working to make all communities in Kosovo to feel safe PM Haradinaj saidMea...
Pressure on government grows as FM resignation fallout continues
The Greek coalition government continues to be under pressure following the resignation of Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias earlier this weekOpposition parties came down hard on the Prime Minister focusing on Kotzias clash with Panos Kammenos the Defense Minister and leader of junior coalition partner Independent GreeksNew Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis slammed Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for taking the side of his coalition partner over the Foreign Minister which led to the latters resignationIts perfectly clear that Mr Tsipras is not just a weak prime minister he is a hostage to his alliance with Kammenos The sooner this farce ends the better it will be for the country Mitsotakis chargedA similar view was echoed by Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis...
Exclusive/Attempts to damage Gullen's interests? A Turkish foundation takes over the biggest university in Albania
While a number of colleges and universities in Albania are under Fetullah Gulens control the biggest university and college in the country has passed under the control of a foundation which was strongly supported today by the Turkish Foreign minister who came for theopening ceremony ofthe new academic yearIBNA learned that University of New York Tirana and New York High School are part of the school network which is under the administration of the Turkish foundation MaarifThis was officially confirmed this evening Thursday by the Turkish Foreign minister after the opening ceremonyWe delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the academic year of University of New York Tirana transferred to Turkish Maarif Foundation and emphasized the priority in our foreign pol...
Exclusive/ Albanian government makes no comment on the visit of the Turkish Foreign minister in Tirana
Turkish Foreign minister Mevlt Çavuolu is in Albania and although he will only be in the country for a few more hours his visit has not been commented at all by the Albanian governmentNeither the Foreign ministry nor the Prime Ministers office has issued any announcements on this visit and its not known if meetings have taken place between Çavuolu and Bushati or RamaOn the other hand the Turkish government officially announced that bilateral meetings would take place adding that the meetings that Çavuolu will hold with officials in Tirana are expected to discuss relations between Turkey and Albania and exchange opinions on regional and international developmentsBut the question is what officials has the Turkish Foreign ministry met withThis remains a my...
Greek Development Bank to be established by the end of 2018
The establishment of the Development Bank is expected until the end of 2018 according to what came out following todays meeting betweenDeputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Yannis Dragasakis and the new Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China to Athens Zhang QiyueAccording to the announcement Yannis Dragasakis briefed the Ambassador that the formation of the Development Bank will take placewithin the year while at the same time he spoke ofthe initiatives taken by the Greek government on the level of liquidity and financing of the economyBeyond that both VicePresident and Ambassador confirmed the strategic relationship between Greece and China and reiterated the commitment of the two countries leadership to maintain close cooperation at all levels Yannis Dr...