Vucic: The US insists on the immediate elimination of customs duties
The Americans insist strongly and firmly on the urgent abolition of customs duties, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said shortly after meeting with President Trump's Special Envoy for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue, Ambassador Richard Grenell. "It is extremely important that the US insists very firmly and decisively on the duties being abolished immediately and for the talks between us and Pristina to continue", Vucic told reporters. Asked about Grenell's ideas, Vucic noted that the US envoy had spoken out loud and proud about the need to abolish the tariffs, yet he added that he was convinced Belgrade would be exposed to such messages in the future, on...
North Macedonia: Dimitrov at the 56th Munich Security Conference
At the invitation of the President of the Munich Security Conference Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Foreign Minister of North Macedonia Nikola Dimitrov will attend the 56th Munich Security Conference, which will be held from 14 to 16 February 2020 in Munich, Germany. Nikola Dimitrov is scheduled to attend several sessions, while as part of the conference more bilateral meetings with cabinet ministers, senior officials and participants in this year's Munich Security Conference have been planned, during which security challenges, defense cooperation, energy security, transnational security, and the challenges of climate change, as well as the future of the European Union and NATO are expected to be...
Thaci: There cannot be an alternative or a provisional solution for the Western Balkans by the EU
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci will be attending the 56th Munich Security Conference, emphasizing the need to preserve the US interest, but also that of the EU and its Member States towards Kosovo, but also towards peace and stability across the region of the Western Balkans. The Kosovo President noted that the Munich Conference was one of the world's leading forums for the discussion of global and local security issues, stressing that it was very important to work to overcome the point at which relations with the EU are threatened by delays in the decision on visa liberalization. "Kosovo, as well as the entire Western Balkans...
Greece: Dendias travels to Germany for the Munich Security Conference
Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will be in Munich tomorrow, Friday 14 February, to participate in the proceedings of the 56th Munich Security Conference. On the occasion of the Conference the Minister of Foreign Affairs will attend the Round Table on Security in the Balkans, while he will also have the chance to meet with his counterparts from North Macedonia, Kuwait and Lithuania, as well as with the United States Secretary of State. He will also meet have talks with the Co-Chairwoman of the German Greens A. Baerbock, and with the Vice-President of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group Johann Wadephul. Finally, the Foreign Minister will meet with...
Cyprus: Christodoulides heading to Munich for the Security Conference
Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides will be in Munich tomorrow, Friday, to participate by invitation in the Munich Security Conference (MSC) which will take place from 14 to 16 February. The MSC has been held annually since 1963 and is the largest international forum on global security policy. Its work is attended each year by Heads of State and Government, Foreign and Defense Ministers, Lead and high-ranking officials of International and Non-Governmental Organizations, experts, analysts and academics, as well as by pioneers in the field of security, cooperation and global challenges management. This year's Conference is expected to bring together 30 Heads of...
Croatia and BiH plan joint border patrols
Director of Border Police Zoran Galić and Director of the Service for Foreigners Affairs, Slobodan Ujić, and their associates, held a working meeting with representatives of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia headed by Deputy General Director of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia, Jozo Šuker. He was accompanied by the Head of the Border Administration of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia, Zoran Ničeno, Chief of the Criminal Police Administration, Antonio Gerovac, Head of the Illegal Migration Service, Zvonimir Vrbljanin, PNUSKOK Head, Mario Kovač, Police Liaison Officer of the Croatian MoI, Denis...
European Commission revises Greek growth rate projections at 2.4%
The European Commission has proceeded with an upward revision of its projections for Greek growth in the text of economic forecasts for member-states, which was recently released. In particular, the European Commission estimates that GDP will increase by 2.4% against 2.3% of the previous (autumn) forecast, while maintaining at 2% of GDP the corresponding estimate for 2021; meanwhile, a 2.2% rate is projected for 2019. According to winter forecasts, growth in 2020 and 2021 will be at 2.4% and 2.0% respectively (versus 2.3% and 2.0% reported in the autumn forecasts). Similarly, inflation in 2020 and 2021 will reach 0.7% and 0.9%, against the autumn forecasts...
Serbia: Vucic to meet with Grenell in Munich
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic will meet with the US Special Envoy for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, Ambassador Richard Grenell, in Munich tonight. On the eve of his trip to the Bavarian capital, where he will attend the 56th Munich Security Conference, Vucic announced the meeting with the US diplomat, as well as the possibility of signing an agreement to establish a rail link between Belgrade and Pristina, provided all the details have been agreed. The Serbian President did not elaborate on what else could be on the table with the US diplomat. However, Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci will also be in Munich, while the new Prime...
Greek bond rally pushing economy towards further milestones
Greece’s 10-year government bond yield fell below 1 percent for the first time in history on Wednesday, as analysts hailed the sustained economic recovery in the country. According to experts, the news is seen as a precursor of further positive developments on the economic front, as Athens now hopes for a series of credit ratings upgrades in future. Moreover, the bond yield is expected to drop even further, to around 0.75 percent. So far this year, the Greek 10-year yield has dropped nearly 40 basis points. Prime Minister Kyriacos Mitsotakis tweeted: “…A benchmark once thought of as impossible, has been reached. Greece is now on...
Tsipras goes after the Government on the refugee issue: Provocative and inept
Alexis Tsipras fired shots at the government for the way the refugee-migration issue was being handled, while touring around Epirus. The attack took place in the light of the Legislative Act and the establishment of land requisition for the establishment of closed detention centers, which did not gain the support of the authorities and the islands' communities. "The situation has become extremely difficult; our islands are left to their own, there is no planning but an extreme rhetoric without an actual plan", the former Prime Minister said, stressing that "we have nothing to look forward to but new, bigger problems being engendered". Al. Tsipras believed...