Romania: Awaiting the Prime Minister-designate
A new round of contacts on forming a government kicks off, after Mr. Orban rejected the mandate. The name of the new Prime Minister-designate is likely to be announced tonight. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis began consultations with the parliamentary parties at 16.00 (local time), after Ludovic Orban ditched the mandate last night. Consultations will end at 20.00 (local time). Subsequently, Klaus Iohannis will make statements informing the Romanian people of "the content of the talks" and "his conclusions". PNL kickstarted the series of talks, re-endorsing Ludovic Orban as the nominee for Prime Minister, though stating that it would be supporting any other choice by President...
The “War” on foreign judges in BiH Constitutional Court continues
The dispute of the Serb member of the BiH Presidency, Milorad Dodik, with two other members of tripartite institution, Chairman Željko Komšić (Croat) and Šefik Džaferović (Bosniak), continues with the accusations of “unconstitutional work”. In fact, with the last development, it seems that Dodik tries to send the ball on the international territory, and to involve the European Court of Human Rights in the case. Dodik sent a letter to the President of the European Court of Human Rights, Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, complaining that he was not informed on Sicilianos’ intent to appoint Angelika Nussberger as an international member of the BiH Constitutional Court. Dodik recalls...
Borissov: I am ready to provide assistance to the brotherly nation of Greece with Turkey
On Wednesday 26 February, the 4th Bulgarian-Greek Cooperation Council was held in Alexandroupolis in the presence of the Prime Ministers of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Bulgaria Boyko Borissov, alongside a number of Ministers from both sides. During a joint press conference with his Greek counterpart, the Bulgarian Prime Minister stated that "generations of politicians in Greece and Bulgaria have managed to maintain the most important value; to be well-intentioned and friendly. We and our Greek colleagues are building gas corridors. The pipelines are there, they are under construction". Later on, Boyko Borissov noted that he had received an SMS from Ursula Von der Leyen congratulating...
Greece: Second day of upheavals on the islands
“The reactions are futile”, says the Prime Minister Tsipras demands that he abandons the dead-end choice of authoritarianism With a general strike across the North-East Aegean islands and mass mobilizations, the region and its residents are reacting to the disembarkation of powerful police forces in order to proceed with the land requisition for the construction of closed centers for refugees and migrants. Social and economic actors via announcements unanimously support the strike and participate in it in the aftermath of yesterday's clashes in Lesvos and Chios between islanders and Units for the Reinstatement of Order (MAT). Injuries and arrests were reported, while teargas and flash...
Romania: Iohannis in search of a new Prime Minister candidate
Romania's Constitutional Court ruled yesterday that there is a legal dispute between the country's president and parliament over the assignment of a government mandate to PNL president Ludovic Orban. As stated in a related announcement, the President did not delegate the mandate on the basis of an overwhelming parliamentary majority and would have to re-elect a Prime Minister-designate. The country's president, Klaus Iohannis, lashed out against the PSD yesterday, saying he did not comment on the Constitutional Court's ruling if its reasoning was not disclosed, but said he would not nominate anyone nominated by the PSD, while also ruling out the idea of ​​a national...
Erdogan: “Our biggest difficulty is that we cannot use the airspace in Idlib”
"Time is running out for the siege of our outposts" "We are not visitors of our geography but hosts" "In Libya we are there because of our history" Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who becomes 66, spoke to his party's parliamentary group and acknowledged the difficulties Ankara faces, due to Russia's control of Syrian airspace. "We have strengthened and continue to strengthen our military presence in Idlib to help civilians and our outposts. Our biggest difficulty is that we cannot use the airspace. With God's help we will find a solution to this issue. The time we have given to those who lay siege to our outposts...
Opinion: Balkan policy on auto pilot
By Giannis Brachos* On the occasion of the Western Balkans Foreign Ministers meeting in Thessaloniki, the current government seems to continue its predecessors’ initiatives, but without a clear framework and perspective. In the context of strengthening the relations of the Balkan countries, there has been the initiative of cross-border cooperation of the Balkan countries, as well as the cooperation of the EU countries in the region with the EU candidate countries. The initiatives were initiated by Foreign Minister N. Kotzias and were aimed at deepening the relations of the countries in the region. The debate on foreign policy issues was combined with the development of...
Athens expects positive post-bailout economic review
Greece’s international creditors are expected to publish their report on the Greek economy as part of the fifth post-bailout review today. According to local reports, the report is expected to be mostly positive, citing progress made by the government in promoting growth and implementing agreed reforms. In terms of issues that need to be addressed, the report is expected to focus on the mountain of non-performing loans (NPLs) sitting on the books of Greek banks. The government will be urged to make use of the Hercules securitization plan, which will help banks offload up to 30 billion euros of bad loans. On Tuesday, Eurobank applied...
Albania: National Medical Emergency Center hands out coronavirus instructions and increases hospital budget
The head of the National Medical Emergency Center (NMEC) Skender Brataj, in an interview with the ATA Albanian Agency explained the protocol followed in all cases where a coronavirus infection is suspected. He clarified that when people notice symptoms, they should call National Emergency Number 127 while explaining when they should treat it as a common flu by staying home. "By the time we receive a call we have figured out who the suspect is. It has been designated by the World Health Organization according to the system reported by each country about its exposure to coronavirus", Brataj said. "Albanian citizens coming from China, Singapore,...
Cyprus: Anastasiades meets with Radev
Today, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades alongside the President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev praised the excellent relations in all areas of bilateral cooperation between Cyprus and Bulgaria, noting the prospects for further strengthening these bilateral relations in the sectors of energy and economy. Nicos Anastasiades, who is paying an official visit to Bulgaria, was received by Bulgarian President Rumen Radev at the Presidential Office where they held talks to promote bilateral relations, something the Bulgarian President stressed in his statements. Rumen Radev noted that there was constant communication between the two countries to further promote relations between them in all areas, such as the economy, trade...