OP-ED/Can the ruling party in Albania obtain more seats today?
This article has been written for Albanian Free Press newspaper andwwwalbanianfreepressalBy Eduard ZaloshnjaIn his latest appearance on a TV studio Prime Minister Edi Rama challenged media outlets specializing in opinion polls because according to him opinion polls will show that today the Socialist Party will obtain more seats than last year 74 out of a total of 140 seatsI dont know what opinion poll the Prime Minister has based his conclusion on but the opinion polls that I have carried out periodically I have even published some of them the number of votes that the Socialist Party and other parties may obtain has not changed a great deal recentlyHowever let us not forget that according to the official result of the Central Election Commission the Socia...
Security experts comment the referendum in FYROM
The Prespa agreement and the success of the referendum which will be held on September 30 is an opportunity to improve security in the region security experts in Skopje sayZoran Todorov of the Diplomatic Corpus says that the Prespa Agreement aims at putting an end to a number of disputes and to improve regional securitySome of the benefits that the country will have include the protection of the Macedonian identity Macedonias accession in the NATO and improvement of security strengthening of sovereignty and many other benefits Todorov saidBlagoja Markovski of the Balkan Forum for Defence says that nobody knows how the process will continue until the result of the referendum comes outWho will be held responsible if the country is not given such opportunity if t...
FYROM: Majority and opposition continue to launch accusations
FYROMs Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has declared that the agreement signed with Greece about the issue of the name could be annulled even if the no vote wins by a single ballot Zaev said that he will vote in favour of the agreement because the agreement guarantees the countrys futureOur decisions will be invalid if people vote against them This is the beauty of the referendum Zaev saidBDIs MP Artan Grubi says that in order for the referendum to be valid there should be a minimum of 904 thousand voters who turn out to voteThe referendum has a political relevance because MPs want the support of the people in order to amend the Constitution Grubi said adding that VMRODPMNE and the Russians want this referendum to failVMRODPMNE has declared that the referen...
Kosovo: Opposition parties coordinate their activities to overthrow the government
The two largest opposition parties in Kosovo LDK and Self Determination are coordinating their activities in order to overthrow the government led by PM Ramush HaradinajLeader of LDK Isa Mustafa and leader of Self Determination Albin Kurti declared after a meeting held on Tuesday that theyre aiming to offer the country a new effective government by holding fresh parliamentary electionsWere ready to coordinate our activities in order for the way the country is being governed and the threats imposed on the countrys territory tocome to an end as soon as possible Kosovo needs a new government the leader of Self Determination Albin Kurti saidThe same thing was also confirmed by leader of LDK Isa Mustafa He said that the meeting discussed issues which concern the re...
Bulgaria is also entering the gas 'game' in the Eastearn Mediterranean region
The possibility of proceeding with a new round of licenses to identify new potentially significant natural gas deposits within the territorial waters of the Republic of Cyprus is under consideration by the government of the countryReferring to paragraph 3 of the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone Energy Minister George Lakkotrypis said that action will be taken very soon as cabinet decisions are awaited At the same time he also made known that Nicosia has stepped up its movesat a global level that denounce the Turkish provocationAnkara has publicly expressed its intention to carry out investigations in Sections 3 and 6 which are within the jurisdiction of the Republic of Cyprus The interest that international oil groups are expected to engage in exploratory drilling in areas wit...
Proposal exchange at the Greece-Turkey-Great Britain tripartite meeting
At the tripartite meeting of the three Foreign Ministers Greeces Nikos Kotzias Turkeys Mevlt Çavuolu and Great Britains Jeremy Hunt that took place on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York the sides that came together submitted their proposalsThe tripartite exploratory meeting of the three guarantor countries Foreign Ministers on the Cyprus issue was in the context of finding a positive approach to resuming talks regarding the existingproblemAs highlighted by the Greek Foreign Ministry in its previous statements the approach to the issues of guarantees and security in Cyprus by the two communities by the guarantor countries can act as a lever to reinitiate bicommunal talks after the last round of consultations atCrans Montana According to IBNA...
Tsipras - Erdoğan NY meeting dominated by a co-operation based on a positive agenda
Alexis Tsipras and Recep Tayyip Erdoan met on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday 25 September Their meeting went smoothly as there were no surprises and it was based on mutual understandingThe positive climate change between the two leaders since their last meeting in Brussels on the sidelines of the NATO summit offeredthe opportunity for a constructive dialogue on the basis of a droppedball like Greece Turkey positive agendaThis is confirmed by the invitation addressed by the Turkish President to the Greek Prime Minister to visit Istanbul in order to continuethe dialogue on resolving bilateral issuesand the beginning of an effective multilevel cooperationThe issues discussed at the meeting concerned migrationand the implementation of th...
Bulgarian PM: EU-Turkey agreement is important for all European countries
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoan discussed the deepening of bilateral cooperation and Turkeys contribution to tackling the migratory flow along the Bulgarian border the government press service in Sofia said on September 25The Borissov Erdoan talks took place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly opening session in New YorkBorissov and Erdoan expressed appreciation for the positive economic boost in the relations between the two countries in the field of tourism energy and transport in recent yearsBorissov said that Turkey remains apart from being Bulgarias immediate neighbour also an important partner in the field of migration and the fight against terrorismErdoan expressed his gratitude to Borissov for the ...
Macedonian nationalist nocturnal
Ljupco PopovskiJournalistThings became clearer one week before the referendum Macedonia at least its political establishment was publicly divided into two hemispheres as expected although some tried to claim that things were not as they appear First the VMRO Kremlinologists missed the analysis believing that a carefully cited statement from the presidents office after the meeting with the US Defense Secretary was an announcement of Gjorge Ivanovs shift of stance It was well known that Ivanov after the disgraceful abolition and the even more disgraceful withdrawing of the abolition would not let himself be publicly humiliated yet again especially not with agreements that affect the most sensitive Macedonian nationalist nerve So it was with the law of languages so is no...
EU fund-supports new demining projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina
On Monday the Charg dAffairs of the EU Delegation to BiH Khaldoun Sinno signed contracts for new mineaction projects in BiH funded by the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace IcSP reaching the total amount of EUR 11 million The European Union is funding two additional projects to support mine clearance in BiH and enhance strong partnership among responsible institutions and key actors in this sectorThese two new mine actions are long awaited and represent a turning point Let us not underestimate the importance of mine action to the people of BiH especially those in rural areas whose everyday life and movements are threatened noted SinnoThroughthe EU Delegation press release it was announced that the European Union has provided more than EUR 46 million ...