All smiles and snaps at the Champs Elysées
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' first visit to a European capital resulted to the expected communicative effect: Reception of Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his wife Mareva Grabowski – Mitsotakis at Champs Elysées by the Macrons, photos taken with the presidential guard in the background, and compliments regarding the traditional Greek-French relations. But that was all. From the Greek side it is clear that Kyriakos Mitsotakis sought the political support of Emmanuel Macron regarding changes in the economic policy mix. Mr. Mitsotakis refrained from speaking publicly about the goal of revising the primary surplus. Later on, and provided that he will have implemented the SYRIZA budget for 2019...
Harrigian: Montenegro is a valued NATO ally
US Air Force Europe commander General Jeffrey Harrigian said that Montenegro is a valued ally of the Alliance and that having countries like Montenegro means increasing collective security. In an interview with Montenegrin media, Harrigian stated that in his mandate he will work to deepen relations with the Balkan states, which are important NATO allies. "Montenegro is a valued NATO ally who has helped promote peace and stability in the Western Balkans. Regardless of the size of the country, having a state like Montenegro in NATO means increasing the collective security of all NATO states," Harrigian said. Harrigian, who is responsible for defending the airspace...
SYRIZA faces the challenge of transformation
Alexis Tsipras is determined to proceed with the revamp and transformation of SYRIZA. At the end of the summer break, the opposition party’s officials are found vigilant. On one hand, they appear vigilant to create an organized and well-founded opposition against the series of legislative initiatives the government has taken. On the other hand, the remain alert in view of the next day, in which Koumoundourou aspires for SYRIZA to play a leading role as that organization that will be a voice, via its structure and political stance, for the wider progressive and leftist ideology. The meetings and assemblies held by the president of SYRIZA...
Moldova joins in for Turkish Stream – How it affects the rest of the Balkan countries
Moldova appears to be in advanced talks with Gazprom, in order to be included in the ongoing development of the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline. Moldova looks to acquire gas from Russia through the pipeline, according to the country's Minister of Economy and Infrastructure Vadim Brynzan. "We are talking with Gazprom regarding the supply of gas from Turkish Stream", he said. The goal is, as he said, for quadripartite consultations to be launched between Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova, so that gas supply and distribution can be possible. “We want to evaluate the technical and financial aspects of the project. The European Commission will take...
The new British Minister for Europe endorses the resolution of the Cyprus issue and the deepening of bilateral relations
He underlined the 'great value' the British Government attaches to Cyprus By Michalis Michael The new European Undersecretary of State for European Affairs, Christopher Pincher expressed the United Kingdom's support towards the process of finding a solution for the Cyprus problem, as well as London's desire to further deepen bilateral relations with Cyprus, according to what the Cypriot news agency reports from London. Mr. Pincher responded to a letter by the President of the National Cypriot Federation of the United Kingdom, Christos Karaolis, sent to the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The Minister for Europe noted the "great value" the British Government attaches to Cyprus,...
Erdogan: “We are steadily moving forward with the drillings in the Eastern Mediterranean”
“Those who did not learn their lesson will get an answer" Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who responded indirectly to Macron, chose the hard line on the Cyprus issue. The Turkish President, immediately after his meeting with the prime minister of the pseudo-state Ersin Tatar, stated that "as we defend our rights, we will equally defend the rights of the Turkish Cypriots. We continue our explorations in the Eastern Mediterranean with the same determination, and we will not stop". The Turkish President blamed the EU and argued that "Europe does not support equality in Cyprus, but has rather come to a position where it supports inequality". Erdogan...
Primary surplus target reduction a priority for Athens
In an interview on French television, Prime Minister Kyriacos Mitsotakis presented his proposal for Greece’s primary surplus targets to be reduced, after meeting with President Emmanuel Macron for talks in Paris on Thursday. As part of the New Democracy government’s wider economic policy plans, Mitsotakis stressed the need to reduce the primary surplus target from 3.5% of GDP, in order to boost growth. The key, according to the Greek premier, would be to promote a wide agenda of reforms. Mitsotakis and Macron discussed the issue on Thursday, with the Greek premier appearing optimistic that he could persuade Eurozone counterparts to review the primary surplus target,...
Mitsotakis asked for Macron’s support
He promised French entrepreneurs tax cuts and privatizations. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis asked for the French President Emmanuel Macron’s support towards his reform program, in order to change the economic policy mix, so that the reduction in primary surpluses can be dealt with at a later time. “I want to change the narrative in European capitals. We are now a confident country, that participates in major European debates and has the potential to be a pleasant surprise on a developmental level in the years ahead”, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis commented during his talks with Greek journalists after the meeting in the Elysée Palace. The Prime...
Boycotting the elections in Serbia not a step in the right direction, says German ambassador
Germany supports the dialogue between ruling party and opposition groups in Serbia; however, boycotting the elections “is not good, generally speaking”, said German ambassador in Serbia Thomas Schieb. “A strong democracy needs a strong opposition in the parliament”, Schieb told N1 TV. “The dialogue which should move things away from the blind spot is an important process”, he said expressing hope that the talks will continue. “We currently follow the dialogue between opposition and Serbian Progressive Party. It (dialogue) is now put into question. In general, we welcome the dialogue. The opposition should take part in the elections next spring. The opposition has made it...
Macron’s messages against Turkey regarding the Cypriot EEZ
By Michalis Michael Manuel Macron, with a strong message against Turkey regarding its activity within the Cypriot EEZ, welcomed Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Paris, where the Greek Prime Minister is paying an official visit. “We want to strengthen Europe's defense. Greece is currently facing increased tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean; I would like to express our vigilance, our solidarity against Turkey's activities in the Cypriot EEZ. There is no chance the EU or France will show weakness on this subject”, Manuel Macron commented. Changes in military leadership and the occupied territories At the same time, the Supreme Military Council of Turkey (AAC) at its meeting decided,...