Kosovo under mounting pressure by international community
A number of senior US and EU officials have recently visited Kosovo in a bid to convince authorities in the country to lift the tax imposed on Serbian imports in order for dialogue, which aims at mending ties with this country, to resume. Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj has criticized the international community for not putting pressure on Serbia, which, according to him, is blocking talks. “We’re all free countries. If Serbia imposes conditions for dialogue, then we are unable to force it to hold talks with us. The international community is not putting pressure on Serbia. Instead, it’s putting pressure on the victim,...
The Cypriot Finance Minister insists on his positions on Co-op
There is a difference in approaching the issue, he said among inter alia in an interview with Euronews By Michalis Michael The Cypriot Finance Minister Harris Georgiades defended the moves he made on the Co-op, in an interview he gave to Euronews. There is a difference in approach to the subject, he argued, while stressing he understands the reactions in Cyprus, which in the last few hours, include the fact that AKEL has asked for the issue to be discussed in the House of Representatives plenary and awaits a response. DIKO's executive office will also deal with the issue. And while it is certain that...
“Green light” for the first SYRIZA MEPs
The first 16 candidates for the European elections were announced by SYRIZA after the session of the political secretariat of the party. By the end of March, the Central Committee members will approve the main body of the ballot. The aim of the party and of Alexis Tsipras himself is for the euro-ballot to illustrate, among other things, the joint action of the Left, Social Democrats, the Greens and the new generation. In particular, the "green light" received the nominations of the active MEPs: D. Papadimoulis, K. Kuneva and St. Kouloglou. Also, the former Minister of Immigration Policy, G. Mouzalas, the former Deputy Minister of...
European Parliament: Russia should no longer be considered a “strategic partner”
The European Parliament adopted today (Tuesday) a Resolution with 402 votes in favor, 163 against and 89 abstentions, in which it assesses the current political situation between the EU and Russia. According to this resolution, the EU should keep open the possibility of imposing additional sanctions on Russia if Moscow continues to violate international law. MEPs stress that from 2015 onwards new tensions have emerged in EU relations with Russia, inter alia because of Russian interventions in Syria, interventions in countries such as Libya and the Central African Republic, as well as the ongoing aggressive actions in Ukraine. They also highlight Russia's support for anti-European...
Croatia will not abandon its plans on the nuclear waste landfill near the BiH border
Eko-BiH network has sent an appeal to the highest officials in Croatia and BiH to find a solution about the problem of the nuclear waste landfill on Trgovska Gora area in Croatia, which is near the border with BiH. “We appeal to the officials of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina for the issue of radioactive waste as soon as possible to find a solution that will not endanger human health and the environment”, says in appeal the Eko-BiH network, which includes 26 associations. Representatives of these organizations gathered recently in Sarajevo. According to the press release, they point out that the pollution and the threat...
Evo Morales to meet with Alexis Tsipras in Athens
The President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, will visit Athens, as it had been agreed since June 2018 between the Bolivian President and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Evo Morales will be in Vienna on March 14, to present the Bolivian model for the fight against drugs at the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on Drugs and then he will travel to Athens to meet with his personal friend Alexis Tsipras. The revelation of Evo Morales' visit to Athens was made by Bolivian Foreign Minister Diego Pery Rodriguez in an interview with the Patria Nueva network. The purpose of this visit, according to the...
The IMF, the growth and the repayment of the debt!
The IMF expects a higher-than-expected growth rate for the Greek economy, according to a report it has just made public concerning Greece’s post-memorandum era. During this period, an acceleration and widening of the recovery is presented, as the Fund estimates GDP to reach 2.4% in 2019, signaling an increase of 0.3% over the previous year. As noted, typically, there is a general improvement in the economic climate, while exports, investments and private consumption are the main pillars that supported growth. Nevertheless, the Fund estimates that growth will slow down in the med-term, with GDP growth gradually exceeding 1%. The IMF report describes Greece’s ability to...
Nicosia awaits Mrs Lute after the meeting with Çavuşoğlu
What the Turkish Foreign Minister mentioned on Twitter did not receive positive approval Cyprus's interest may well be in the interest of the EU. For example, if the EU says EastMed's solution is the most advantageous and appropriate gas transit route to Europe, while the Turkish Cypriot and Ankara's position is to go through Turkey, what will we follow, what is on Turkey's or Cyprus’s interest? By Michalis Michael Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu's meeting with UN envoy Jane Lute in Turkey became known by Τwitter from the former, but his note that the political equality of the Turkish Cypriots is inevitable was not welcomed by...
Germany demands Serbia to exercise “restraint”
The advisors of German chancellor Angela Merkel Jan Hecker and Matthias Luettenberg have, with regard to the dialogue with Pristina, appealed on Serbia to exercise restraint, according to President Aleksandar Vucic, who met with them late on Monday. In today’s interview for TV Prva, Vucic refrained from giving more details. “I have confirmed (them) that Serbia will act calmly and remain restrained as much as possible”, Vucic said. The president said that after meeting with German officials he expects additional pressure to be put on Pristina in order for the customs tax introduced on Serbian goods to be abolished. However, he added he did not...
Recession in Turkey raises concerns
The Turks have become poorer by USD 2,848 in five years Economists are troubled by the figures on the growth of the Turkish economy. While according to the Turkish Statistical Service the annual growth rate reached 2.6% in 2018, growth in the last two quarters had a negative sign and this is an indication that in 2019 this trend will continue. According to the figures, in the fourth quarter, the Turkish economy shrank by 3%, while in the third quarter it shrank by 1.1%. Of great concern for the government is also the decrease in the per capita income in Turkey. In 2018, the per...