FYROM-Macron: The agreement is crucial for your country’s future, I am FOR
In a video message to the citizens of fYRO Macedonia ahead of upcoming referendum French President Emmanuel Macron said that agreement with Greece secures the future of the country and believes in wisdom of the citizensLadies and gentlemen dear friends I will take up a little of your time to address you directly Our two countries have fostered diplomatic relations for 25 years Twentyfive years of common past and linked destinies among our nations whose roots are deeply embedded throughout the centuriesIn this regard a lot of things have been done in recent years however a major step forward was made on June 17 2018 The step was made with the courage of your leaders between your country and Greece which ended the 27yearold disputeThe Prespa Agreement of Jun...
Mass arrests in the Turkish Air Force
Fifty months after the attempted coup against Recep Tayyip Erdogan which according to the Turkish government was a work of the Guilenists FETO the cleansing within the Turkish armed forces is proceeding at unimpeded paceOn Friday arrest warrants were handed over to 110 Turkish Air Force officers on duty accused of being affiliated with Imam Glen who lives in selfexile in the US The Turkish authorities argue that even today there are nuclei of the Fethullah Glen FETO terrorist organization and this is the reason for the continuation of the operations Among the arrested are three policemen and five pilots as well as officers serving at Incirlik air baseBy Friday night 85 officers had been arrested and the authorities were looking for the rest in 15 Turkish citie...
fYROM: Gjorge Ivanov will abstain from the referendum
His decision to abstain from the referendum about the name issue announced the President of fYROMacedonia Gjorge IvanovThe countrys president speaking at a rally in New York reiterated the claim that the Prespes Agreement is detrimental to the national interests of the country and added that in assuming his duties he has vowed to abide by the Constitution and the lawsThe mandate I received from the citizens of the country twice is to prevent a change of the Constitution in order to change the constitutional name and not to accept ideas and suggestions that will threaten the Macedonian national identity the Macedonian language and the Macedonian cohabitation model I will keep these promises in full and for this reason I will not vote Gjorge Ivanov saidThe Presiden...
Cyprus lures London investors as ExxonMobil stands defiant in face of Turkish warnings
A full spectre of opportunities and incentives that Cyprus is offering investors were presented at Bloombergs London headquarters on Friday at an event organised by the Cyprus Investment Promotion AgencyThe lead speaker was the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades in London on a stopover on his way to the New York UN General AssemblyHis speech focused on the comparative advantages Cyprus is offering He said that along with the positive repercussions of an ambitious reform programme and the careful management of state finances these advantages have already resulted in renewed substantial investments in a wide range of sectorsHe added that a testament to the fruit borne by his governments efforts and a confirmation of our economic management with obvious pos...
Athens is looking forward to an energy co-operation between Greece and fYROMacedonia
Next week the Greek Minister of Environment and Energy Giorgos Stathakis is expected to visit the fYROMacedonian capital Skopje with thepurpose of his visit beingan energy cooperation between Greece and fYROMacedoniaThere is a framework of agreements and prospects for the energy sector that are absolutely beneficial for both countries the Greek minister noted considering that new important energy agreements between the two sides will followThe construction of a natural gas pipeline from the Thessaloniki region to Negotino is underway on the initiative of the National Gas Transmission System Operator DESFA Athens and Skopjehave been in contact since October 2016 for the interconnection of the two countries Natural Gas Systems The two sides had even signed a Memorand...
Kosovo continues to recruit terrorists
In 2017 also Kosovo proceeded with the militant recruitment of terrorist for terrorist organisations operating in Syria and Iraq According to a State Department report last year 403 people from Kosovo joined the Islamic State and the Al Nusra organisations Of these 74 were killed 133 returned to Kosovo while 196 still remain in the war zones in Syria and IraqThe biggest problem identified until now linkedto the recruiting of militants for the Islamic state by Kosovo is the religious propaganda and the authorities inability to dismantle the recruited trafficking networks For Serbia the report says it has made progress in countering terrorism and preventing its citizens from being recruited in order to go to the Middle East and join terrorist groupsIt is also reported th...
IMF insists on need to further reform Greece's social security system
The International Monetary Fund IMF on Thursday appeared intent on seeing Greece implement legislated pension cuts in January 2019 despite Athens insistence that the measure is unnecessarySpeaking to reporters IMF spokesperson Gerry Rice reiterated that the pension cuts have been agreed on since 2017 adding that the Greek government needs to readjust its fiscal policy to make it more growthfriendlyThe Washingtonbased Fund believes continued reform of the social security system will improve the countrys longterm prospects and serve as a clear signal to investors that Athens will stay on the reform track in the postbailout eraFor the IMF Greeces pension system is still in need of reform The SYRIZAANEL government on the other hand argues that the...
Albanian opposition leader accuses the majority for connections with criminal gangs
Albania lost a golden opportunity to open accession talks because it did not deliver the criteria set by the EUand the reason for this is that the countrys political class is connected to criminal gangsThis was declared today by the Albanian opposition leader Lulzim Basha during a conference held in Tirana by the women of EPP dubbed What is keeping the Balkans outside of the EUAccording to him institutions have been captured by crime and Europe cannot tolerate politicians who have connections with criminalsThe opposition has made its position very clear it wants to cut all ties between politicians and criminals and this is the reason why we have proposed the vetting of politicians he added among othersMeanwhile Basha also added that Europe will never acce...
“Peace becomes harder than war”
On the International Day of Peace president of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi said that nations who have seen wars know the importance of peaceHe said that understanding and cooperation are universal valuesToday the entire world marks the International Day of Peace Nations who have experienced war know the importance of peace Kosovo has experienced both We know that peace becomes harder than war Thaci declaredOn Wednesday Kosovos PM Ramush Haradinaj declared that borders are decided by military boots and strengthThose who are in favour of war let them speak of war Thaçi said in response to the declaration made by the Prime MinisterThis spat between the leaders of these two institutions has startedwith the debate over the possibility of border changes which ...
FYROM: Campaign on the referendum becomes more intense
Political parties in FYROM have intensified their political activities for the referendum on the issue of the name On one hand ruling parties are calling for people to support the referendum while on the other the opposition continues to contest the Prespa agreement considering it as unacceptableLeader of VMRODPMNE Hristijan Mickoski declared last night that Social Democratic Union and Zaev are trying to blackmail voters into accepting a capitulating agreement which means that they should give up on their Macedonian identityVice chair of SDSM Social Democratic Union Radmila Sekerinska called on voters to vote for the future of the country on September 30thWe need help from our friends for the changes They have visited our country and told us that the door is o...