Turkey: Turkish officials react strongly to Draghi’s statements
The statements of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan provoked strong reactions in Turkey. The President of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (MET), Mustafa Sentop, wrote in a post on Twitter that "We reject and return the bad words of this person whom Italy appointed Prime Minister out of despair. A novice and lacking in manners politician is a heavy and unfortunate burden on the shoulders of his country". Vice President Fuat Oktay wrote in his Twitter message: "I condemn the reckless and immoral expressions of Prime Minister Draghi about the President of our Republic who all his life...
Bulgaria: Central Election Commission announced parties’ seats: GERB 75, YTL 51, BSP 43, MRF 30, DB 27, ISMV 14
The Central Election Commission has decided on the distribution of seats among the six political formations that have gained representation in the next National Assembly. GERB holds 75 seats, "There Is Such A People" 51 seats, the Socialist Party (BSP) 43 seats, the minority Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) 30 seats, the "Democratic Bulgaria" 27 seats and the coalition "Stand Up! Mafia, Get Out!” 14. In another decision, the CEC also approved the final date from the April 4th parliamentary elections. It published the number of voters on the lists, how many of them signed after the vote, what is the actual number of...
Greeks pessimistic for 2021 – Survey
Greeks appear pessimistic, according to the GPO company survey on the social and political situation in Greece, which was conducted in the last week of March and was made public on Friday, April 9, 2021. The outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic, combined with the official forecast for the acquisition of the "wall of immunity" in the middle of summer, but also the economic crisis that is hitting more and more households, leads 50.1% to believe that this year, things will take a turn to the worse, while the percentage of those who believe that "things will get better" reaches 32.9%. In addition, anxiety and insecurity...
WB countries sign Tirana Declaration on tourism
At a regional conference held in Tirana today, ministers and representatives of the six Western Balkan countries signed the "Tirana Declaration" in support of the recovery and development of tourism in the region. The event marks the completion of the European Union-funded Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) "Tourism Promotion and Development Program". According to the organizers, the Tirana Declaration regards tourism as a key sector for regional economic recovery, coordinates the opening and uninterrupted operation of the tourism and travel supply chain, facilitates safe transport to the Western Balkans in order for the region to be highlighted as an important tourist destination. Alessandra Viezzer, Deputy Head...
Turkey: Establishing an Islamic Megabank is possible, says Erdogan at D-8 Council of Ministers
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated during the 10th Summit of the Developing-8 (D-8) Organization that the idea of ​​an Islamic Megabank is possible, which could simultaneously meet the needs of the Islamic financial institutions for liquidity and the needs in funding infrastructure, which is growing in the Muslim territory. The Turkish President, after emphasizing that at the end of the Summit they would be handing over the rotating presidency that lasts for about 4 years to Bangladesh, noted that "our organization, the secretariat of which we host in Istanbul, in a period of 25 years since its establishment has been strengthened as it moved...
Montenegro: Crowds take to the streets amid debate on amendments to Law on Citizenship
A large group of several hundred citizens and members of the Patriotic Komitas Alliance of Montenegro (PKS) gathered in front of the Montenegrin Government building on Thursday to protest the announced changes to the Law on Citizenship. As previously announced by the PKS, these changes would grant Montenegrin citizenship to Russian and Serbian citizens to the detriment of Montenegrin citizens living abroad. "This would make Montenegrins a minority in their country," the PKS explained. Although the Government announced that the discussion on the Law amendments was removed from the agenda, the citizens did not withdraw. Citizens carrying Montenegrin flags, singing patriotic songs, chanting "It's not...
Slovenia: Kodrič case rekindles conversation around human rights
Amid growing criticism by EU institutions facing the Slovenian government and its head Janez Janša over alleged violations of basic human rights such as the right to freedom of expression, of gathering and especially freedom of media, new problems are appearing on the horizon. According to reports by Slovenian media, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has received an application against Slovenia over an alleged violation of the right to a fair hearing. The case concerns Constitutional Court judge Rok Čeferin’s failure to exclude himself from a case, the STA has learnt from the State Attorney’s Office. The State Attorney’s Office said it had...
Bulgaria: Runner-up party leader Slavi Trifonov speaks out after Borissov’s statements
"Regarding the plethora of political statements and proposals made in recent days, I would like to say the following: There is a very clear legal process mentioned in the Constitution, and we quite reasonably respect and follow it," the party leader of “There Is Such A People” Slavi Trifonov posted on Facebook three days after the elections. Trifonov wrote the post just hours after Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called on the leader of "There Is Such A People", which emerged second in Sunday's parliamentary elections, to assume his responsibilities. "Their game will probably cause more chaos. We were responsible until the elections, from now...
“Human Rights: Building the Post-Pandemic World” on Thursday’s conference in Cairo
The Egyptian Center for Strategic Studies (ECSS) is organizing a conference on “Human Rights: Building the Post-Pandemic World” on Thursday, 8 April, to tackle the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference will be attended by high-profile ministers, officials and representatives of UN organizations. Participating in the conference are civil society organizations working in the field of development that will present their successful experiences since the outbreak last year. The ECSS has adopted the International Agenda on Human Rights as a general framework for the conference to be discussed in the sessions to put forward thought-provoking and practical recommendations on the topic. Dr. Khaled Okasha,...
Romania: Moldovans’ desire for unification with Romania grows
The latest poll conducted in the Republic of Moldova by iData points to a significant increase - up to the level of 44% - of the citizens of the Republic of Moldova who want to join Romania. It is estimated that the significant increase in the rate was due to the significant humanitarian aid and the 72,000 vaccines Romania sent to Chisinau. In the January-February period, the index was 37.5% and in March it reached 43.9%. And while Bucharest's assistance has changed the way they view Romania in Chisinau, Moscow's anemic stance in offering aid to the Republic of Moldova during the pandemic has resulted...