Rama: The attempt to resolve the conflicts poses the biggest challenge to the Albanian OSCE Presidency
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama spoke before the Security Council on Thursday, announcing Albania's priorities as the country taking over the OSCE Presidency. In his statement, Rama said assuming the OSCE presidency constituted a big step for Albania, adding that resolving the conflict in Ukraine was going to be a priority for OSCE. "As the head of OSCE, this is a rather important event that marks a step forward for Albania. Our activity will support 3 pillars", Rama explained. The Albanian Prime Minister went on to underline that “conflict resolution efforts remain our greatest challenge. We consider the conflict in Ukraine to be a priority....
Romania: Iohannis appoints Orban as Prime Minister-designate
Just now, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, having completed his consultations with the political parties, made the following statements to the press: "I am able to share with you some conclusions. We have a liberal government, which came up with a reform agenda, wanted to reform many projects, improve electoral law, take economic and social measures for the benefit of Romania. We also have PSD, which still has many Members and Senators who oppose these changes. They want to stop them. The latest example is revealing: The government wanted to make improvements to electoral law, with the election of mayors in two rounds. The right solution...
SYRIZA: Is the Government denying Erdogan’s statements or not?
Turkish President Erdogan once again set the Greek political scene on fire, with his statements about Imia and his references to the Turkish Defense Minister's communication with his counterpart in Athens. The controversy erupted today. A journalist on Alpha television reported on his communication with Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos, stressing that the Minister denied having made any contact and any agreement with Ankara. I am not responsible to make such discussions. A short time later, however, the Ministry of Defense announced in a statement that the Minister had "never made such a statement". "Everything else is nothing but the product of interpretations and reckonings of...
Serbia: Vucic meets Várhelyi
President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić met today with the European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi to discuss the continuation of European integration and the new methodology of the EU accession process. Following the meeting, in the presence of President Vučić, EU Commissioner Várhelyi and Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimović signed the IPA 2019 Financing Agreement worth 138.55 million euros. The new grant package is designated for projects in the areas of economy, science, rule of law and administration. At a joint press conference, President Vučić said that Serbia, as the country which - along with Montenegro - made the...
Dodik met with Montenegrin opposition MP Andrija Mandić in Banja Luka
BiH Presidency Member Milorad Dodik and Member of the Presidency of Montenegrin party Democratic Front (DF), Andrija Mandić, discussed in Banja Luka today the current developments in Montenegro, following the adoption of the Freedom of Religion Act, which they called "unconstitutional". Dodik stressed that he supported the demands of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) in Montenegro, stating that the adoption of the disputed law was an unnecessary step by the Montenegrin authorities. "The law represents an unacceptable usurpation of SOC rights, as noted by representatives of other religious communities in Montenegro," Dodik said, emphasizing that Republika Srpska and the Serbian people will continue to support...
Borissov: EU funds are the engine that drives us forward faster
Bulgaria is a constructive partner in the negotiations on the EU's long-term budget and we share your view that with common sense and determination we can reach an agreement that is in the interest of all European citizens, Bulgarian Prime Minister said during his meeting with the President of the European Council Charles Michel. Boyko Borissov and Charles Michel met in Brussels, during consultation with European leaders and the President of the European Council, ahead of the upcoming extraordinary European Council on 20-21 February 2020. According to government sources, the focus of the two men's meeting was the new Multiannual Financial Framework for the period...
North Macedonia: Spasovski meets with Election Commission
A meeting was held Wednesday between Prime Minister of North Macedonia Oliver Spasovski and government officials with officials from the State Election Commission, on the organization and conduct of fair and democratic early elections. At the meeting, the participants expressed their strong joint commitment to organize and hold fair and democratic elections. We have shown as a state in previous elections that we can organize and conduct fair elections. Let us continue this positive trend in these early parliamentary elections as well, in the name of our country's democratic and future integration, Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski said. The meeting discussed the steps taken to ensure...
SYRIZA transformation pits reformers against leftists
According to local reports, trouble is brewing within the main opposition SYRIZA party as a process to transform the party into a progressive alliance that could attract more support from the center-left of the political spectrum is underway. Party officials that are loyal to leader Alexis Tsipras support his view that SYRIZA must “open up” to a wider audience that includes supporters and former officials of Greece’s once strong socialist party, PASOK. However, the traditional left-wing of the party is voicing strong objections to these plans, as influence of former PASOK officials within SYRIZA continues to grow. Since losing the July 2019 election, Tsipras vowed...
SYRIZA looking to establish a front against minimum wage and primary residence provisions
SYRIZA is attempting to overcome the introversion and intra-party tensions caused by the process of party reconstruction by consolidating a front in the field of labor issues and the protection of primary residence. At the same time, there is an effort to achieve a convergence between the progressive forces in Parliament, namely KINAL and DiEM25. "Mr. Mitsotakis, who prior to the elections was promising 'many good jobs' and raises in the minimum wage double the growth rate, now must take a clear position. Will he for once support the workers or will he continue to support only the strong financial interests?' Alexis Tsipras stated Wednesday...
Bulgaria: Pompeo drags Judge Mitalov in major corruption scandal
Today, I bring to the fore the Judge of the Special Criminal Court of Bulgaria Andon Mitalov for his involvement in a significant case of corruption. In his official capacity, Mitalov was involved in corrupt acts that undermined the rule of law and seriously jeopardized the independence of democratic institutions in Bulgaria. This determination is made in accordance with section 7031 (c) of the State Aid, External Operations and Related Programs Act 2020 (Div. G, P.L. 116-94). According to Article 7031 (c), when the Minister names foreign government officials for their involvement, directly or indirectly, in significant corruption, such persons and their immediate family members...