Croatia: Authorities hold commemoration of Serb victims in Grubori village
The President of the Republic of Croatia Zoran Milanović attended on Tuesday a commemoration, which kicked off in Plavno at the cross erected in memory of the victims in that village, and continued all the way to Grubori at the cross erected for the victims in the nearby hamlet. “This is not a protocol event, we are here to pay our respect to what happened twenty-five years ago and what caused moral abomination in me then. Now, twenty-five years later, it is easy to say that no one has personally been held accountable for this. It is more or less known which unit was here on that day”, President Milanović...
Bulgaria: Political consultations on constitutional amendments kick off
Negotiations on amendments to the Constitution between GERB and the other parties begin today in parliament. The goal is to gather the necessary 120 signatures by MPs in order to submit the plan of the ruling party, which will set the process in motion. The first meeting of a series of talks will be with the United Patriots coalition partner (IMRO and NFSB) and will be followed by consultations with independent MPs. The talks will take place in the Eastern Chamber of the National Assembly, with the Speaker of Parliament Tsveta Karayancheva, the leader of the parliamentary group Dr. Daniela Daritkova and MP Menta Stoyanova...
Romania: Ciolacu elected PSD President
Marcel Ciolacu was elected President of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) on Saturday with 1,310 votes. His rival, former Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici, barely received 91 votes. The new leader of the Social Democrats said he wanted to follow a completely different approach, both inside and outside the party. According to Marcel Ciolacu's political program titled " PSD Reconstruction- A Left Political Vision for a European Party", the goal of the Social Democrats is to remain the largest political party in Romania. The future leadership of the PSD states that it will promote the right people in the public administration and that it will renounce...
Cyprus: 22.3% below poverty line in 2018
Based on the results by the 2019 Income and Living Conditions Survey, with 2018 as a reference year, 22.3% of the population or 194,400 people were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. Specifically, 22.3% of the population lived in households with disposable income below the poverty line or with severe material deprivation or with a low work intensity index. The index shows an improvement compared to the previous year which was at 23.9%, continuing the downward tendency of recent years, after peaking at 25.9% in 2015. The improvement is evident in both the male and female population, with 21.2% and 23.3% respectively, although females...
Greece: Bulgartransgaz joins LNG Terminal project in Alexandroupolis
An agreement was signed today in the Zappeion Megaron in Athens for the participation of the Bulgarian company Bulgartransgaz in the project of the Alexandroupolis Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal, in the presence of the Prime Ministers of Greece and Bulgaria. In his remarks, the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis noted that "this large investment is set in motion with the ultimate goal of transforming our easternmost European port into a global energy hub". Kyriakos Mitsotakis pointed out that "the benefits are also geopolitical: With the new axis, the diversification of natural gas routes is achieved not only for Bulgaria, but also for Central Europe, which...
OP/ED: The truth about the Prespa Agreement – Maximalist criticism or maximalist retreat?
By Nikos Kotzias* In a series of articles, I criticized New Democracy’s (ND) foreign policy, especially regarding the EEZs with Italy and Egypt. For some reason only they know, a number of Syriza’s 53 Group and Syriza neo-Semites felt this criticism towards ND was directed towards them. They attacked me, not so much my views, but me personally. And of course I responded and I will continue to respond when needed, to those who defend Mitsotakism. Many of them did the same in 1989, when I was the first to oppose the left-wing - Father Mitsotakis government, the "dirty '89" as we called it, together...
OP/ED: With the head in the mouth of the German Shepherd…
Heiko Maas's visit to Greece on Tuesday, in conjunction with the latest initiatives to launch a dialogue under the auspices of Germany, which currently holds the EU presidency, can only bring bad news. If the information that has surfaced regarding a repetition of the "secret" meeting of Berlin with the same composition: Surani, Kalin, Hecker is taken into account, the situation becomes even more difficult. Germany, as a leader and presiding country in the second half of 2020 of the EU, seems to want to "end" the Greek-Turkish conflict, keeping a neutral stance. Protestant Germany is not known for being prone to emotion, which became...
North Macedonia: Talat Xhaferi was elected President of the National Assembly
With 62 votes in favor and 43 against, DUI MP Talat Xhaferi was re-elected President of the Assembly this afternoon. During the vote, members of the Alliance for Albanians and Alternatives left the parliament. When Xhaferi gave his official assurance before Parliament, VMRO-DPMNE MPs also left the room. Apart from the deputies of the new coalition, both deputies of the Left also remained in the hall. Following Xhaferi's election, the composition of the new Election and Nomination Committee was proposed by 11 deputies and VMRO deputies returned to the hall. Left MP Dimitar Apasiev and VMRO-DPMNE MP Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova demanded that the Left have a...
Romania: The motion of censure was read in the Plenary
The motion of censure submitted by the Social Democratic Party (PSD), signed by 205 deputies and entitled "The PNL government, from the coronavirus pandemic to the bribery pandemic", was read on Thursday, in the plenary session, for 50 minutes, by PSD senator Lucian Romaşcanu, in the presence of 173 deputies, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban and several members of the government. The signatories of the proposal believe that the Orban government has failed to deal with the pandemic and the economy. They accuse the government of inconsistent legislation, coercive means used by the authorities against the population, economic and budgetary disaster, "chaos" in education. Finally, the...
Turkey: Fatih discovered a huge gas field in the Black Sea
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the "good news" that the public was looking forward to. R.T. Erdogan, who appeared on camera from the presidential office in Istanbul's Dolmabahce, said Turkey had made the largest gas discovery in its history in the Black Sea. "Our drilling vessel, Fatih, discovered 320 billion cubic meters of gas reserves in the drilling that started at the Tuna-1 source on July 20, 2020. We carried out this operation entirely with national capabilities. Data from the source show that new gas discoveries in the same area are very likely. Our goal is to make available to our people for use...