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...
'Public execution' on Serbian political agenda broadly debated
After a member of parliament from the nationalistic opposition movement Dveri said that Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic and prime minister Ana Brnabic should be hanged ruling party representatives reacted fiercelywhile the opposition leader apologisedSrdjan Nogo the man who caused the latest tempest said on a You Tube channel that if Brnabic has already signed the Dublin agreement with the EU thatwould allow Brussels to transfer 12 million migrants to Serbia both she and Vucic should be hanged in Terazije a central Belgrade squareTerazije is the part of Belgrades inner city where the Nazis used to hangresistance members during the German occupation from 1941 to 1944Vucic said today that he cannot allow anyone to say that women will be hanged adding that nobo...
Albanian government refuses the US request to vote against Palestine
Albania has once again voted against the US in the UN On Tuesday Albanias representative voted in favour of the resolution introduced by Egypt for the recognition of Palestine by the UN as head of the Group of 77This voted is commented by former Foreign minister Tritan Shehu who currently acts as vice chairman of the Parliamentary Foreign CommitteeHe says that the decision of the Albanian government comes at a time when Albania is not part of that group and Palestine is not a full member of the UNThe reaction of the US was immediate considering this resolution as a harmful act which makes the process of peace in Middle East even more difficultAccording to the opposition MP Tritan Shehu such acts weaken the support that the US offers to AlbaniaBut Shehu po...
Parliament in Kosovo votes the three bills for the transformation of FSK
Parliament of Kosovo has passed the first readingof the three bills proposed by the government for the transformation of the Kosovo Security ForceThese three bills aim at providing Kosovo Security Force with extra capacities including the responsibility to offer protection but without changing its nameThe bill concerning the Ministry of Defence has been voted by 101 MPs the bill concerning Kosovo Security Force has been voted by 98 MPs while the bill for the Service which will be offered by Kosovo Security Force received 96 votesThese bills were supported by all parliamentary groups with the exception of the Serb List ibna...
OSCE criticizes the PM and AKEP following threats to shut down several media outlets
OSCE media freedom representative expresses concern regarding new registration system and threat of potential closure of online portals in AlbaniaThe OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Dsir today expressed concern about the announcement of a new registration system for 44 websites in Albania and their potential closureOn 15 October the Electronic and Postal Communications Authority in Albania published a list of 44 media websites required to register with the National Business Centre and to acquire their tax number business registration number within 72 hours which they must then publish online Failure to comply would result in the websites being closed down This initiative supported by the government reportedly aims to address concerns about online defamati...
Chemicals on toys and accessories, clear dangers for children and women in Albania
European Study Shows Toxic EWaste Chemicals Contaminate Childrens Products Through RecyclingBanned Brominated Flame retardants Found Also in Toys and Hair Accessories from FranceEnvironmental health researchers released alarming evidence today that toxic brominated flame retardants hazardous chemicals from electronic waste that are known to disrupt thyroid function and cause neurological and attention deficits in children are contaminating recycled plastics in consumer products across EuropeThe study an analysis of 109 toys hair accessories and kitchen utensils showed that 107 items 98 contained measurable concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers PBDEs and 80 samples 73 contained hexabromocyclododecane HBCDLaboratory analysis of 4 hair accessories sample...
Dimitrov: What we achieved with Kotzias was considered to be impossible
FYROMs Foreign minister Nikola Dimitrov has commented the resignation of his Greek counterpart Nikos KotziasDuring 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 saidFYROMs Foreign minister also stressed that they will continue to be engaged in order to reach a historic solution along with other progressive and democratic forces in Skopje and Athens Dimitrov and Kotzias were signatories to the historic agreement reached between Skopje and Athens in Prespa which was de...
Scott: The idea of pure ethnic states in the Balkans is dangerous
The US ambassador to Belgrade Kyle Scott is against proposals for territorial swapsThe ideaof pure ethnic states in the Balkans is unrealistic and dangerous I expect for Kosovo and Serbia to remain multiethnic societies the US diplomat saidCommenting the normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo Scott has also said that the US will not accept any deal that the two countries reachMeanwhile as for the declarations that the activity of foreign agents in Serbia has intensified Scott said What I know is that Russia has intensified its activity in the region in order to prevent its integration in the European Union Scott said ibna...