BiH: The situation with the migrants in Bihać is dramatic, says the Mayor
Mayor of Bihać, Šuhret Fazlić, said on Friday that the situation in this north-western BiH town, as well as all of Una-Sana Canton, was the worst to date because of the large influx of illegal migrants and the fact that the state authorities were not doing anything to control the problem. “The situation has never been worse. We have an uncontrolled daily influx of migrants and several thousand people in the streets, public spaces and abandoned buildings. We have been left on our own again”, Fazlić told the press. Local authorities estimate there are at least 7,000 illegal migrants in Una-Sana Canton. In reception centres...
Montenegro: SEC’s decision violates the Constitution, parties claim
Citizens of Montenegro with the right to vote, and who will be hospitalized on the day of the elections on August 30, due to coronavirus infection, as well as those in quarantine outside their place of residence, will not be able to exercise their right to vote, the State Election Commission announced. Last night, the commission unanimously adopted technical recommendations for holding elections for the purpose of epidemiological protection of voters. They are aware, says spokesman Mersudin Dautović, that this is not in accordance with the constitutionally guaranteed right, but due to the epidemiological risk, such a decision had to be made. The decision has...
170,470 fewer new jobs in Greece
The worst performance since 2013 was recorded in the seven months (January - July) of the employment balance in the private sector according to the data of the "Ergani" system. These data raise concerns about the course of the Greek economy, after the rise to 17% last May. According to ERGANI data, the new jobs in the 7 months of 2020 were 111,305. On the contrary, in the corresponding period last year, the new jobs had reached 281,775. In other words, between 2019-2020, there were 170,470 fewer (or 60%) new jobs. Therefore, not even the "opening" of tourism managed to dramatically change the bad situation....
Analysis: The Five Wounds
By Nikos Kotzias * Egypt is a friend and ally. We have a common EEZ and it is good to identify it, delimit it and declare it. We have been negotiating with it for many years, in good faith. Because it is also a country that believes in and applies the international law of the sea, recognizes EEZs, continental shelf and other maritime zones. In any negotiation, which takes place with the common acceptance of international law, there are disagreements about the provisions for its implementation. The meaning of negotiation is to find an honest compromise package, where each side will "win" part of the...
Turkey: Central Bank halves liquidity thresholds
The Central Bank of Turkey is halving liquidity in the market by reducing the liquidity thresholds offered to the main agents, in order to reduce the liquidity conditions to support the Turkish lira. Liquidity thresholds offered to major traders as part of their open market activities will be reduced to half of their current thresholds, the Central Bank of Turkey announced on Friday. The new limits will take effect from next Monday, August 10, according to a bank’s announcement. The strengthening of liquidity conditions with this move is aimed at supporting the Turkish lira after it recently lost ground from other currencies. About 6:00 p.m....
Cavusoglu: “We will prove in practice that the agreement between Greece and Egypt is invalid”
"This where our continental shelf is" The Turkish Foreign Minister commented harshly on the Greece-Egypt agreement for the delimitation of their EEZ. Melvut Cavusoglu: "We looked at the coordinates but we have not seen the map so far. But from the coordinates it violates the continental shelf and the rights of Turkey and Libya. An agreement that violates the continental shelf we have declared in the UN, for us is non-existent. And the reason we got to this point is that countries like Greece, the Greek Cypriot Administration, Israel, Egypt are trying to sign agreements ignoring Turkey. We made moves to support our rights, as...
Greece: New wave of cancellations strikes Tourism industry
Businessmen in the Greek Tourism industry reported a new wave of cancellations of tourist reservations for accommodation across the country, due to the resurrection of the coronavirus pandemic. Although not even the first week of August has passed, several cancellations even apply to September bookings. This new blow to the Greek tourism coincides with the first solid July reports, which show a flattening of the industry's turnover. In fact, the competent Minister of Tourism calculated the revenue loss in the previous month compared to the corresponding month last year (ie July 2019) at the shocking percentages of 80% to 85%. More specifically, speaking today on...
Croatia: Pupovac calls for the “war book to be closed”
A commemoration of the Serbian civilian victims of Operation "Storm" carried out by the Croatian army and police was organized today in Uzdolje near Knin. The president of the Serb National Council of Croatia, Milorad Pupovac, said at the commemoration that civilians were brutally killed in this place on this day 25 years ago, and that "anyone who thinks that the state can be an excuse for such crimes is gravely mistaken". "Everyone who thinks that freedom can be built by leaving that kind of traces behind is wrong, and even more wrong is anyone who thinks that peace in the country can be achieved if such...
Turkey: Cavusoglu to meet with Borrell in Malta
Cavusoglu to visit Malta with his Maltese counterpart Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is visiting Libya on Thursday with his Maltese counterpart Evarist Bartolo on a working visit. "During the visit, issues will be discussed in the joint agenda of the three countries", according to a statement from the Turkish Foreign Ministry. On Wednesday, Mevlut Çavuşoğlu landed in the capital of Malta, Valletta, where he held talks with his counterpart on bilateral relations, as well as regional and international issues. Before leaving for Libya, Mevlut Çavuşoğlu will also meet with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell in Malta to discuss...
Palmer: US focuses on supporting the EU facilitated Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue
State Department Special Representative for the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer said the United States is focusing on supporting the EU-led dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, which will lead to an agreement between the two sides. During talks on the situation in the Western Balkans, organized by Balkan Insider, Palmer said that "ideally, the agreement between Serbia and Kosovo should lead to mutual recognition between the two sides". "The story of the exchange of territories or any other possible aspect of the agreement diverts attention from the main goal, for Serbia and Kosovo and their governments to sit down and work to find a way to...