The IMF’s… A+ to Mitsotakis and the reactions from SYRIZA
The IMF gave the K. Mitsotakis government a good grade, as, via its report that came to light, it stresses that the reforms implemented by New Democracy in the labor sector regarding the issue of sectoral employment contracts, as well as the party’s commitment to growth and privatization is in the right direction. According to the Fund, growth for 2019 will reach approximately 2%. Inter alia, by endorsing the reduction of fiscal targets, that is the primary surplus, the IMF brings back issues such as reducing the tax-free threshold, liberalizing redundancies, reducing pensions through cuts in personal income and abolishing the "13th pension", a measure...
German Parliament gives “green light” for accession negotiations of EU with Albania and North Macedonia to begin
By big majority (476 in favor, 122 against and 16 abstentions), the German Bundestag voted late last night in favor of North Macedonia’s accession negotiations with the EU to begin. Furthermore, in the same meeting the German Bundestag, with 395 votes in favor, 188 against and 16 abstentions, also voted in favor of Albania's accession negotiations with the EU to kick off. However, when it came to Albania the Bundestag set a number of strict terms and conditions, mainly regarding reforms in the way the rule of law operates. The proposal for the accession negotiations to commence between the two countries and the EU was...
The President of the Republic of Cyprus met with UN Secretary-General in New York
There is the possibility of a tripartite By Michalis Michael It seems there is the possibility of a tripartite meeting, said the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, who had a meeting today at the UN headquarters in New York with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. In his remarks at the UN headquarters after the meeting, the President of the Republic told reporters that "it was a very creative meeting. I have stated to our Secretary-General that we are ready for an agreement of terms of reference in order to allow the dialogue on the three components to resume, such as the joint...
Joint statement of the Greece – Cyprus – Egypt trilateral meeting
The  Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Cristodoulides, of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Sameh Shoukry and of the Hellenic Republic Nikos Dendias, held a trilateral meeting on the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. The Ministers expressed their satisfaction over the progress already achieved in the framework of the trilateral cooperation and expressed their commitment to intensify it, in view of the upcoming trilateral Summit, to be held in Cairo on 8 October 2019. The Ministers reaffirmed the commitment of their Governments to promote security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean and the...
Exclusive Interview with Zoran Zaev : “Greece needs to take the leadership of the Balkans”
On the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly in New York, Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran ZAEV spoke exclusively to IBNA about his first meeting with the new Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Prime Minister, how was your first meeting with the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriacos Mitsotakis? For me it is always a pleasure to meet with representatives of a friendly country, and Greece is a friendly country for our country. After the Prespes Agreement, we have the intention only to build friendship, to go for prosperity for both countries and of course I always use an opportunity to wish good...
Radev at UN: Bulgaria supports European integration of Western Balkans as investment in stability
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, President Roumen Radev reiterated Bulgaria’s consistent support for the integration of the Western Balkans in the European Union. This process is an investment in regional stability and requires actively building good-neighbourly relations, he said. Today, more than ever, we need to stand for a rule-based multilateral system, with the UN at its core, Radev said. Radev voiced Bulgaria’s support for “the timely and important initiative, launched by both Germany and France, for the creation of an Alliance for Multilateralism–a network of like-minded nations working to foster effective multilateral approaches to global issues through the  United Nations”. He said that...
Greece: The fiscal gap for 2020 remains
Basically, there were two topics of Greek interest that were discussed during the EuroWorking Group meeting held yesterday. The first was the early repayment of expensive IMF loans, a matter for which Europeans are positive, with the issue being put forward by the previous government. Of course, the final decision will be taken by the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) within the next period. However, the second issue is at least a matter of concern for Europeans and is non other than the state budget for the 2020. European officials doubt that the Greek government will be able to achieve a primary surplus of 3.5% of...
Anastasiades: Constantly one challenge succeeds the other
Statements by the Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias By Michael Michael There is constantly one challenge after the other, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, said yesterday, referring to Turkey's illegal actions against the Republic of Cyprus, while assuring that he will do his best for Cyprus. Speaking at an event organized by the Federation of Cypriot Organizations of America in New York in his honor, the President of the Republic said that "this is the seventh year I have attended a meeting of Greeks, whether coming from Greece or coming from Cyprus, who join forces to serve in the best possible...
Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaks about North Macedonia, attracting investments and meeting with Erdogan
After his meeting with Archbishop of America Elpidoforos, at an event at the Greek Consulate in New York in which he attended, Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke of various issues that where the focus of his contacts so far. The Western Balkan countries to move forward together in the EU Speaking about his meeting with the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, and the country's accession prospects, Mitsotakis said that "The European Union countries will evaluate the course of the two Western Balkan states and decide on the next steps. We agree with the prevailing view in Europe that there should be no decoupling. "It is...
Dendias has new series of contacts in New York
The revival of the traditional friendship and co-operation relations between Greece and the Arab world has been the focus of Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias' 4th day of high-level contacts in New York. In a series of targeted meetings, the Foreign Minister reiterated the importance Greece attaches to developments in the Middle East and the Gulf region, as well as the important prospects for co-operation with the Arab world in the current context. In the following period, a relevant tour of the Greek FM is planned in the area. In the morning, the foreign minister met with Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed...