Greek Foreign Minister travels to Nicosia with the Cyprus issue at the forefront
Athens-Nicosia co-ordination before Katrougalos' visit to Turkey and the meeting with Cavusoglu By Michalis Michael Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos is expected to make his first visit to Cyprus after taking up his duties, at a crucial juncture for the Cyprus issue. The Greek Foreign Minister had a meeting on the sidelines of a conference on Syria in Brussels with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. Although the full content of the discussion was not disclosed, it is believed to have been the first step between the two countries, with the next scheduled for March 21 in Antalya. These moves come as the continuation of the...
Greece: The next House has the final say on the Constitutional Review
The completion of the second phase of the constitutional review that takes place today, concludes one of the major priorities that the Tsipras government has set itself. In a context of tensions and controversies, especially about the way in which the President of the Republic will be elected, the religious neutrality of the State and the Law on the Ministers’ Responsibility, the MPs adopted the articles to be reviewed in the next parliamentary session, which has the final say. The final results of the vote will be announced late tonight. Tsipras denounces Mitsotakis for using machinations concerning the Constitution With the Greek Prime Minister speaking...
Why do Greece’s bond rates fall despite delays?
The markets seem to be convinced of the positive course of the Greek economy, and they do not pay attention neither to the small delay of the disbursement of the EUR 1 billion of central banks profits, nor to the recent IMF criticism in some parts of the Greek economy. It is characteristic that the bond market in Greece has a downward trend throughout its curve despite the recent Eurogroup decision to shift the debate on the release of the Greek ANFAs/SMPs for April 5. Therefore, they do not pay attention to the temporary delays, as it was seen by yesterday’s Eurogroup. After all, in...
David Dragičević murder mentioned in the State Department Human Rights Practices report for 2018
The exhumed body of Banja Luka student David Dragičević, who was found dead in the small river in city downtown a year ago, was transported on Thursday to Austrian capital Wien, where his mother Suzana lives. The body of this student will be reburied far from the city where he was born. It was the decision of his parents, Davor Dragičević and his ex-wife Suzana, and the body was exhumed two days ago. About a hundred citizens, members of the group “Justice for David”, were on the last farewell in the front of a Banja Luka church. His parents explained their decision with the “wish...
Foreign Minister: Bulgaria will continue supporting refugees in Syria’s neighbouring countries
Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva has pledged her country's continuing support for refugees from the war in Syria, saying that Bulgaria would contribution close to 3.2 million euro towards the EU refugee facility in Turkey. Further, Bulgaria was committed to providing 150 000 euro in 2019 via the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the UN Population Fund. These funds will be earmarked to support activities aimed at addressing the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Syria. Zaharieva was speaking on March 14 at the Third Brussels Conference on "Supporting the future of Syria and the region. "Time is a resource that can be...
Interview with Rolf Castro-Vasquez – CEO Tirana International Airport for takenbyalbania.com
What is your favourite thing about travelling, working and living in Albania? Please tell us a little about it and why you love it. There are many beautiful things here. But first, I have to say my job. My work has been in Tirana for many years now, but I still love it, just like the first day: the whole work environment, the staff are absolutely fantastic, and I’m really proud to say that I give my contribution to this every day. How did you come to discover Albania? I have lived in Albania for 14 years now. I joined Tirana International Airport as an...
North Macedonia has made progress in the media and the judicial system, says US State Department
The US State Department has published its report on human rights in the world. In its report on North Macedonia, the US State Department says that corruption remains one of the most problematic issues in the country, while progress has been made in the media and judicial system. A negative assessment has been made about the difficult situation in prisons. According to the report, prisoners are not offered adequate conditions. The report says that there have been improvements in the judiciary system, but also obstacles such as limited independence of the judiciary system and insufficient funds for the efficiency of this system. Progress has also...
Kosnett: Corruption continues to be held back by corruption
US ambassador to Pristina, Philip Kosnett says that Kosovo continues to be held back by corruption, attacks on journalists, expulsion of foreign citizens without due process and violence against minorities. Kosnett made these comments on Twitter following the publication of the US Department of State’s report on human rights. On the part concerning Kosovo, the report pointed out: “refoulement; endemic government corruption; crimes involving violence or threats of violence against journalists; and attacks against members of ethnic minorities or other marginalized communities, including by security forces.” The report also stresses the deportation of six Turkish nationals from Kosovo on “vague charges”. The deportation occurred in...
State Department’s report targets corruption in Kosovo
The US State Department report on human rights says that Kosovo continues to face corruption within government institutions. The report points out a number of issues during 2018, including threats made on reporters and the repatriation of refugees in their country of origin. “The government sometimes took steps to prosecute and punish officials who committed abuses in the security services or elsewhere in the government. Many in the government, the opposition, civil society, and the media believed that senior officials engaged in corruption with impunity”, the document says. Meanwhile, the report also refers to the role of EULEX in Kosovo. “Until June 15, the EU’s...
CERAWeek: Eastern Mediterranean an exporter of natural gas
Greece, Egypt, Israel and Cyprus had the opportunity to confirm their full support to the East Med gas pipeline on the occasion of the CERAWeek held in Houston, USA. Greek Environment and Energy Minister Giorgos Stathakis, participated along with his counterparts from Egypt, Tarek El Molla, Israel, Yuval Steinitz, Cyprus, Giorgos Lakkotrypis and US Undersecretary of State for Energy, Mark Menezes, at a workshop on the prospects of SE Mediterranean as an oil and gas producer, where once again the excellent climate of cooperation between the four countries was affirmed, while the deepening of their cooperation was discussed, in order to establish a regional gas...