Demonstration in Tirana, opposition’s scenario, violent and peaceful?
By Edison Kurani Today, the opposition in Albania held a big rally in the capital Tirana demanding PM Rama’s resignation. Protesters initially gathered in front of the prime minister’s office. Some of the participants delivered speeches there, but there were no political speeches. The entire protest in front of the prime minister’s office, which lasted two hours, did not register any violent incidents. However, protesters threw smoke bombs and chanted slogans against the government. Immediately after this, demonstrators headed toward parliament building. Once they arrived there, the protest took another turn.  Protesters started to engage in violent acts. Police and other security forces reacted by...
Kind words and collaborations between Tsipras and Morales
Evo Morales’ visit to Athens took place in a warm atmosphere. The President of Bolivia expressed his satisfaction with the constructive talks he had with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Although the two countries are almost ten thousand kilometers away, the two left-wing leaders have a particularly good relationship. Besides, the president of the multi-ethnic state of Bolivia stressed that with Al. Tsipras shares the view that they have a responsibility as progressive governments "to bring to the peoples of the world initiatives to care for those abandoned sectors of society, for those in need, as the only way a government can guarantee democracy and...
Voutsis-Dimitrov: We were on the right side of history
Nikos Voutsis, the President of the Greek Parliament, had the opportunity to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia, Nikola Dimitrov, with the two men underlining the importance of implementing the Prespes Agreement and the cooperative opportunities it opens. Particular reference was made to the areas of economy, energy and security issues in the region. Indeed, Voutsis and Dimitrov agreed that the upcoming visit of the Greek Prime Minister to the city of Skopje will speed up and further strengthen the cooperation of the two sites. It is noted that the Foreign Minister of North Macedonia is in Greece on a two-day...
Serbia has nothing to do with the terror attack in New Zealand
Serbia condemns in the most categorical manner the terror attack against Muslims in New Zealand - said foreign minister Ivica Dacic adding, with reference to media accounts, that Serbia has nothing to do with the crime committed in Christchurch. When asked to comment the accounts according to which the perpetrator has been inspired by some persons from Serbian history as well as by the Yugoslav wars, Dacic said that he (perpetrator) does not have any links with Serbia. Speaking at the press conference with the foreign minister of Grenada, Dacic said that he does not know who could be the inspiration for the attacker. Serbia...
BiH Minister accused Croatia of recruiting Muslims to smuggle weapon
BiH State Prosecutor Office has triggered an investigation on the accusations that Croatian Intelligence Agency recruited Muslim extremists to store weapons in places of prayer in central BiH. The aim of this operation, allegedly, was to justify an earlier claim of Croatia's President, Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, that BiH was a 'terrorist hub'. One of those who confirmed that the operation was discovered by BiH authorities is BiH Minister of Security, Dragan Mektić. He was questioned on Friday at the State Prosecutor Office. “Why did the Prosecutor’s Office not react to any earlier cases? The bottom line here is not to find out what truly happened,...
Skopje: Court hands down prison sentences for violence against MPs
A court in Skopje has handed down prison sentences today for the 17 defendants accused of the violent incidents taken place two years ago in the Parliament of North Macedonia where numerous MPs from the then opposition were physically attacked. The longest prison sentence was handed down to former Interior minister and former police commissioner, Mitko Cavkov. Cavkov was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Judge Dobrilla Kacarska said that the events taken place on April 27 caused much fear and insecurity amongst the population. She also said that the perpetrators were conscious about their acts. /ibna/
US and EU: Acts of violence are unacceptable
The Albanian opposition has announced that it will hold a an anti-government protest on Saturday, demanding the resignation of the current government and the holding of fresh general elections. Following the recent opposition's protests, which have also registered acts of violence and destruction of public property, the US and EU embassy have issued statements today saying that any act of violence in tomorrow's protest will be unacceptable and unjustifiable. Full statement by the US embassy: While peaceful protest is a fundamental pillar of a democracy, inciting or committing acts of violence, including the destruction of public property, is unlawful. We urge all stakeholders in Albania’s...
Czech Republic pledges support for Albania’s integration process
Foreign minister of Czech Republic, Tomáš Petříček, is currently on an official visit to Albania where he’s meeting senior officials in the country. During the meeting that he had with his Albanian counterpart, Gent Cakaj, Petříček has promised the vote of his country in favour of the opening of accession talks. The head of Albanian diplomacy praised the role of the Czech Republic within the Visegrad group and also the support that Czech Republic has provided for the Western Balkan Fund. On his part, minister Petříček  has praised the steps taken by the Albanian government to open accession talks in June 2019. Minister Petříček also...
New dynamics in the Eastern Mediterranean for East Med
New data are being developed in the Eastern Mediterranean following Egypt's decision to support the investment project of the East Med gas pipeline promoted by Greece, Israel and Cyprus. At the same time, it appears that Washington is trying to involve the private sector in the project, ie the companies that promote the pipeline, the Greek DEPA, the Italian Edison, and the American ExxonMobil. It should be noted that ExxonMobil with Total and HEPA have emerged as selected applicants for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the western and southwestern maritime areas of Crete. Certainly, the construction of East Med is an extremely complex...
Zaev says that Ivanov is violating the Constitution for not recognizing the country’s new name
“If the new constitutional name Republic of North Macedonia is not used, then this means that Constitution is not being respected.” This was declared by the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev who answered reporters’ questions regarding the bills that president Gjorge Ivanov is refusing to sign for not recognizing the new country’s name. Zaev said that he was confident that a solution will be found in order for these bills to come into effect. On Monday, parliament said that Ivanov has not signed the decrees for the 11 bills. These bills must once again go back to parliament and they need to be...