Athens hoping to further push fiscal demands in coming weeks
Progress on the implementation of prior actions as part of Greece’s post-bailout program is expected to be assessed during a Euro Working Group meeting this week. At Thursday’s meeting, the EWG could take stock of how recent direct talks in Athens between Greek officials and troika technical groups developed. Athens has until mid-February to deliver on prior actions. Subsequently, the Greek side is expected to use a successful conclusion of its 5th post-bailout review to make a series of demands to its international creditors, including the renegotiation of its primary surplus targets and making more fiscal space available to fund investment and further slash taxation....
Bulgaria: Russian Ambassador calls for an end to Russian Diplomats’ “witch hunt”
I would very much like this "hunt for Russian diplomats" to end. I believe that the TurkStream gas pipeline will be built and will pass through Bulgaria. I have the assurance from Minister Temenuzhka Petkova. This fits Moscow. This was stated by the Russian Ambassador to Bulgaria, Anatoly Makarov, in an interview on Bulgarian television. Anatoly Makarov separated Russian-Bulgarian relations before and after October 21, 2019. According to him, things are not logical. The ambassador said there are forces that are not interested in TurkStream continuing its flow through Bulgaria as BalkanStream to the Balkans. Makarov recalled that before October 21, 2019, several high-level meetings...
Mitsotakis heading to Saudi Arabia and UAE to attract investors
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is heading to the Arabian Peninsula on Sunday afternoon, where he will pay a visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The visit to the Arabian Peninsula will be the last stop to the Greek Prime Minister's investment tour around the world, as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are among the largest investment funds on the planet. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who paid visits to the United States and China in the first seven months of his administration, will be accompanied by Minister for Development and Investment Adonis Georgiadis and Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy and Openness...
Cyprus: Αuthorities monitor Chinese patient as a suspected case
The Ministry of Health of Cyprus announced in a statement that a Chinese citizen residing in Cyprus who had visited China in recent days presented a coronavirus-like symptom. According to the announcement, the protocols established by the Ministry of Health and Public Health Services and other relevant departments were activated and the patient was transferred to Nicosia General Hospital, where after the relevant tests were carried out they excluded the possibility of Influenza A virus. In order to further investigate the incident in the following days, the patient will be taken to hospital. It is emphasized that this is a suspected case and not confirmed....
Vucic meets Borrell
Following the meeting with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić said today that they had good, honest and open talks on all important topics. President Vučić thanked Borrell for his personal engagement in the dialogue with Priština and stressed that people should not expect good and pleasant news because there are none, and added that Borrell iterated what the EU had said numerous times - that without a solution in the dialogue with Priština, Serbia's European perspective will surely not be certain. He added that people need to...
Cavusoglu and Zaharieva discuss deepening of bilateral cooperation in Sofia
The talks between Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva and her Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, who paid his first official visit to Bulgaria, mainly revolved around the deepening of cooperation between Bulgaria and Turkey in the fields of energy and trade; security issues and combating terrorism; the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as current issues on the European Union's agenda. After welcoming her Turkish counterpart, the Bulgarian Foreign Minister noted that "there is a friendship and stable cooperation between our two countries. This partnership and friendship are constantly expanding. It is based upon the principles of good...
Conflict, questions and accusations regarding the floating barrier
SYRIZA has stated its complete opposition to the purchase of a 2.7km-long floating barrier to prevent refugee and migratory flows, while Union officials have also addressed the issue. Τhe competent Minister N. Mitarakis spoke of conveying a message that "we are not a free-entrance country, and we are taking every step to protect our borders". “We are looking at any means that could help us protect the borders of Greece, which also operate as the borders of Europe. Let everyone understand this. Things have changed”, the government spokesman stressed. It is recalled that according to the Government's plan, Greece will be supplied with a 2.7km...
Christodoulides: The first trilateral meeting between Cyprus, Lebanon, Greece will be held in spring
Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides is in Beirut on an official visit, after the country formed its newly elected government. This constitutes the first official visit by a foreign official to Lebanon since the government was formed. Nikos Christodoulides met with his Lebanese counterpart Nassif Hitti, with whom they discussed bilateral relations and the prospect of further deepening them in various fields, on the occasion of the new Government taking over; the latest developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, in the light of Turkey's escalating illegal activity within the maritime zones of the Republic of Cyprus; the EU-Lebanon relations, as...
Edi Rama met with US Ambassador in Albania
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama expressed his satisfaction for the meeting with US diplomat and US ambassador to Tirana, Yuri Kim. The Albanian Prime Minister posted on his personal account a twitter photo of the meeting held at his office, stressing that they are focusing on common priorities as two allied countries. Rama also says that the anti-corruption and organized crime laws passed by Parliament are a nice coincidence with the meeting with the US Ambassador. The US Embassy in a Facebook post notes that US Ambassador Yuri Kim at her meeting with the Albanian Prime Minister had the opportunity to outline the top US...
North Macedonia: Public Prosecution bill continues to provoke controversy
The deadline is expiring and the new Public Prosecution bill continues to cause clashes between political parties, which have yet to reach an agreement. Today, there will be a new meeting attended by representatives of all political parties, which will show whether there is room for the VMRO-DPMNE to vote in favor of the bill or whether the bill will pass with two-thirds of the votes without them. Prior to the meeting, Justice Minister Renata Deskoska made a significant concession, announcing the withdrawal of an article in the latest version of the law, stating that Special Prosecution investigations would be conducted by the regular Prosecutor's...