Rumors of reshuffling in the Turkish Government
Cumhuriyet “Erdogan accepts suggestions to remove his groom from the Ministry of Finance. Albayrak will take over the Foreign Ministry and Cavusoglu the Ministry of Culture.” There are rumors circling in Turkey about the possibility of government reformation. According to information, the AKP (Justice and Development Party) officials have made recommendations to Recep Tayip Erdogan and report that the planned reshuffle should speed up, in order to take place before the June 23rd elections in Istanbul. According to the newspaper Cumhuriyet, Erdogan accepts the suggestions for changes in the Ministries of Finance, Interior and Foreign Affairs. The Party executives make these recommendations "to change the...
The Valletta Declaration
Summit of the Southern European Union Countries – Valletta, 14 June 2019 We, the Heads of State or Government of Malta, Cyprus, France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, and Spain, have convened in Valletta for the sixth Summit of the Southern European Union (EU) Countries. Following our last Summit in Nicosia, the Sibiu Informal Summit of 9 May 2019, and the Informal dinner of EU Heads of State or Government of 28 May 2019, we are unwavering in the belief that a united Europe is the way forward, particularly in an increasingly challenging global landscape. We are therefore dedicated to doing our utmost to fulfil the 10...
Greek President: The faithful observance of International Law is the base for friendship and good neighbourliness
Athens sends strict messages to Ankara in the wake of the overflights and the latest violations of Greek airspace over Kastellorizo. “The basis of our friendship and good neighbourly relations, as well as the European perspective, is the full and faithful observance of international and European law as a whole,” said the President Pr. Pavlopoulos during the inspection of the Navy fleet. “This, moreover, is also the position of the European Union, NATO and the United States,” he noted and stressed that an integral part of international law is the Law of the Sea, on the basis of which the Exclusive Economic Zone is defined....
Four police officers injured during incident with migrants
In two family houses in city of Bihać, near Croatian border, police found 282 illegal migrants. During a police raid, four officers were injured, as some of migrants did not want to abandon the house. The Ministry of Interior of the Una-Sana Canton spokesperson, Ale Šiljdedić, confirmed the case. "The cantonal Inspection Agency is conducting searches of private homes in search of illegal migrants and they are assisted by the local police," Šiljdedić said. He added that officers were injured after entering the house when they heard gunshots, but they suffered minor injuries. During the search of one house, the police found 180 and in...
Opposition in Albania asks president to dissolve parliament
President of Albania, Ilir Meta has sent a a letter to the Central Election Commission asking this institution about the number of MPs that parliament currently has. After the opposition decided to relinquish its mandates 4 months ago, candidates from the opposition lists decided to fill the vacancies, however, 18 seats are still vacant. This move by the head of the state comes after the opposition asked the president to dissolve parliament, claiming that the fact that parliament does not have 140 MPs makes this parliament illegitimate. Meanwhile, today, the head of the state said that the president has been elected by parliament, but “not...
Albanian Prime Minister calls on right wing mayors not to fall victims
Prime Minister Edi Rama has called on democrat mayors not to fall victims of opposition leaders. This appeal follows the decision announced by right wing mayors and Socialist Movement for Integration mayors to comply with the President of the Republic’s decree which cancels June 30 local elections. “Democrat mayors! Don’t fall victims of Sali Berisha, Ilir Meta, Lulzim Basha and Monika Kryemadhi. You must comply with the law and must not act based on the noise they make. It was not the Socialist Party that asked you to boycott the elections; they did and you must hold them accountable”, Rama says on Twitter. Let’s recall...
Cavusoglu: We will not accept arrests of our citizens by the Greek Cypriot side
Interview of the Turkish Foreign Minister, with references to the Republic of Cyprus and energy issues By Michalis Michael While the diplomatic efforts in Nicosia wait for Turkey's next step in the Cypriot EEZ, which they are sure will take place, the country's Foreign Minister Melvut Cavusoglu held an interview, where he referred to the Nicosia energy program. This plan targets two factors. On the one hand, for the international arrest warrants issued against the Fatih’s crew to work even more, something to which Cavusoglu also referred to, and at the same time at the next Summit, they want to see from Europe measures being...
LNG is expected to “conquer” the Eastern Mediterranean
The supply chain of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and the plans for the supply of ships in the Eastern Mediterranean were the subject of debate, focusing thus the interest of Cypriot government officials and representatives of the maritime and energy sectors, in a special event held by the European co-funded Poseidon Med II program in Limassol. Emphasis to the timely preparation of the maritime for the achievement of the international environmental objectives that have been set, while welcoming the contribution of programs, such as Poseidon Med II, to the development of realistic solutions towards this direction, was given by the Deputy Minister of Shipping of...
Start of membership talks prompts political debates in North Macedonia
The date for the launch of EU membership talks is one of the main topics of political debate in Skopje. Yesterday, following a meeting with German chancellor, Angela Merkel in Berlin, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that the date for the start of talks will not be given during the summer, however, he hopes for a positive decision in September. Prime Minister Zaev also said that the cabinet may be reshuffled or early parliamentary elections may be announced. This warning has prompted political debates. “On Sunday, SDSM will hold a meeting in Ohrid and will discuss the situation after the meeting with chancellor Merkel. We...
Kosovo has the highest economic growth in the region, says Haradinaj
Kosovo has registered the highest economic growth in the region. This was declared today by Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj following a meeting with Finance minister, Bedri Hamza. “Our inspections on the field have shown that manufacturing and exports are growing, while the country needs to exploit all of its resources”, Haradinaj declared. The head of the government has once again stressed that 2019 is the year of economy and that a number of tax reforms will be carried out. “The positive economic results are due to the legal and fiscal concessions. We have offered tax reliefs to a lot of manufacturing plants. We’re looking...