Athens-Berlin agreement under which Greece will take back refugees registered there
We have reached an agreement with Greece and the conclusion isimminentWe remain in talks with Italy and these talks have advanced quite a longwayWe assume that an agreementwill also be reached with Italysaid interior ministry spokeswoman Eleonore Petermann at a Berlin presser this Friday August 17Petermann pointed toa last outstanding exchange of agreement letters between Athens and Berlinfor the deal to be formally signedShe said that for the moment she is not in a position to give out more detailsChancellor Angela Merkel had earlier announced that she would engage personally in talks with the Italian government if necessary as euractivcom readsLast week the first migration agreement with Spain came into force It stipulates that Germany can send migra...
Pastor Brunson denied release as Turkish court rejects his appeal again
The American pastor Andrew Brunson will remain under house arrest at his home in Izmir since the3rd High Criminal Court in Izmir rejected the appeal for release filed by him on Friday ordering its continuation as well as that of the banon leaving the countryBrunson is charged with links to terrorism Anadolu reports thatIsmail Cem Halavurt Brunsons lawyer applied to the higher court after the appeal was also rejected by Izmirs 2nd High Criminal Court on WednesdayHis house arrest came as a recent development in view of his health problems afterthecourt allowed him instead of being imprisoned to continue serving his sentenceunder house arrestAndrew Brunson isfacing terrorismrelated charges and is accused of his alleged links with and spying for the Kurdish PKK and ...
The threats are the "beginning of the end" of Vucic's rule
The real author of the letter in which Serbian mayors from Kosovo threaten the opponents of the president is actually the president Aleksandar Vucic himself the threats were the sign of the beginning of the end of Vucics rule said some of those targeted by the open letter which was published earlier this weekTen socalled Serbian mayors from Kosovo Kosovo legislation sees and approves them as mayors but not the Serbian oneall of them supporters of Vucic and his Serbian Progressive Party SNS have threatened opposition leaders and monk Sava Janjic who oppose the presidents demarcation plan between Serbia and Kosovo saying that they will visit them in their houses and villas The mayors assume that Vucics plan may fail due to actions of his opponents if such a scenari...
Bulgarian Tourism Minister to sue former deputy tourism minister for defamation
Bulgarian Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova said on August 17 that she would take court action against former deputy tourism minister Branimir Botev after he alleged that she was linked to an attempted invasion of his home by three masked menBotev said in television interview that on the night of August 16 three men had tried to climb over the fence into the grounds of his home near Euxinograd on Bulgarias Black Sea coastHis son spotted one of the men and when the group was illuminated by the headlights of a passing car they ran away according to BotevHe linked the incident which he described as an attempt at intimidation to statements that he had made in a television interview some days ago in which he was sharply critical of the handling of the tourism portfolio by Ange...
fYROMacedonia: The government will hold 'pro-referendum' campaign
The government of Zoran Zaev is being cultivating a climate for the successful outcome of the referendum on the agreement with Greece to solve the name issue and in this context has decided to holda communication campaign in favour of the referendumAccording to a fYROMacedonian governments announcement this campaign will be a public interest communication process aimed at informing citizens about the content of the Prespa Agreement the benefits of the NATO and EU memberships and about the plan based on which the country will move towards the EU and the North Atlantic AllianceSo far the government of Zoran Zaev has not disclosed the amount he will spend on this campaign which will be implemented through advertisements and other media and social media entries However the ...
US backs the new ideas concerning dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia
The veteran US diplomat Philip Kosnett says that the US has not changed its position with respect to the solution of disputes between Kosovo and SerbiaMr Kosnett who has been appointed as the next US ambassador to Kosovo on Thursday appeared in front of the Senate Committee for Foreign AffairsSenator Chris Murphy asked the diplomat over the possibility that the US may support the idea for territorial exchangesThe senator wanted to know what instructions had the diplomat received regarding the US position and if this position had recently changedOur position has not changed We back dialogue brokered by the EU between the two countries We think that its very important that the two countries overcome old conflicts This is not a code word to cover the idea of terr...
Berat Albayrak: 'We are not in talks with the International Monetary Fund'
Turkeys Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak who hosted a muchanticipated teleconference that attractednearly 6000 globalinvestors on Thursday clarified that although Turkey is undergoing the dip in the local currency Turkish lirathe countryis not in talks withtheInternational Monetary Fund IMF and it is not planning to ask for the Funds supportWe are not in talks with the International Monetary Fund We will continue to ensure funding from international markets we have focused on attracting direct investmentsDespite this recent economic turbulence that alarmed currency markets worldwide Albayrak spoke of the governments plans to turnTurkey into an investment hub in the regionWe are aware of recent fluctuations challenges We know our countrys p...
Athens urged not to roll back reforms
A report in German newspaper Handelsblatt was picked up by Greek media outlets this week as an example of fresh warning being fired by creditors to the Tsipras administrationThe article urges the Greek government not to reverse reforms carried out in recent years adding that debt markets will not be kind with Athens in such an eventAs Greece prepares to officially conclude its bailout program on 20 August it is believed that Prime Minister Tsipras is preparing to loosen the purse stringsDuring the Thessaloniki International Fair in early September Tsipras is expected to pledge tax cuts and benefits to boost lower incomes to the tune of 700 million euros The measures will be largely funded by the countrys excessive primary surplusThe state budget achieved a primary...
Interview: Egemen Bağış former minister for EU Affairs speaks about the release of the 2 Greek officers
In the light of the latest development which is no otherthan the release of the two Greek soldiers who had been detained in Edirnesprison for about six months Egemen Ba Turkeys former Minister of European Affairs speaks to IBNA journalist Manolis Kostidis about Ankarasunexpected moveDear Minister what happened This was an absolute surprise We had been waiting for Brunsons release but instead the two Greek soldiers were released What happened As you know when the two soldiers were arrested I was in Greece I was there to represent my country at the Delphi Economic Forum I said it then and I will say it again now Justice in Turkey is independent but this should not be a risk for the two countries relationsTime did us justice Everyone saw that justice was in...
Oliver Ivanovic 'killed for political reasons'
The murder of the Serb politician from Kosovo Oliver Ivanovic was planned in a professional manner and had political background Oliver was definitely liquidated for political reasons as he was consideredanobstacle due to his political views said Ivanovics brother and Kosovos Court of Appeal judge Miroslav IvanovicMiroslav Ivanovic told Danas daily that he does not have any information about the judicial process with regard to the murder of his brother This process takes place mostly in the public sphere said IvanovicOliver Ivanovic leader of the Civic Initiative Serbia Democracy Justice was killed seven months ago in the town of Kosovska Mitrovica His party colleagues say the perpetrators of the crime are still unknownWhen asked whether his brother was kill...