Russian Ambassador to BiH: SDA Declaration harms ethnic balance
Russian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Petar Ivantsov asserts that the Party of the Democratic Action (SDA) initiatives foreseeing a reform of the Constitution are contrary to the main principles of the Dayton Peace Agreement and dangerous because they might dismantle the system of ethnic balance in BiH, which may produce very serious consequences. "It isn’t surprising that the other two constituent peoples consider this a threat to their position in the country,” Ivantsov stated for Republika Srpska media, commenting on the declaration. He noted it was necessary to improve inter-ethnic trust in BiH instead of creating new tensions. Commenting on a mild reaction from...
Pope Francis to receive Alexis Tsipras tommorrow
Alexis Tsipras, who is in Italy today, will be accepted tomorrow by Pope Francis in the Vatican. The former prime minister will be a keynote speaker at the Articolo Uno formation Festival, which is part of the new Italian government, two weeks after his speech at the Abrosetti Foundation Forum. The leader of the Greek left had met Pope Francis again in 2016 when he visited Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Lesbos amid a refugee crisis. In fact, the Pontiff had warmly referred to his meeting with Al. Tsipras, with regard to his attitude towards the refugee crisis, while he had proposed that he be considered...
The Greek government is launching a “barrage” of privatizations
A series of privatizations is planned by the Greek government in the foreseeable future. This mobility takes place at a time when the Greek government does not need immediate money, while Greek government debt has been regulated for at least 15 years. Sources from the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy even mention the sale of all Greek government shares from DEPA's Commerce and Infrastructure activities, while a similar is considered likely for Hellenic Petroleum (HELPE). At the same time, everything is on the table on how to privatize the Hellenic Electricity Distribution System Operator. In essence, these are PPC's distribution networks. Beyond that, it...
Foreign Ministry of Cyprus: Exploration of Plot 7 does not affect the rights of any third country
By Michalis Michael The explorations and/or exploitation of plot 7, located within Cyprus’ EEZ/continental shelf, is an exclusive sovereign right of Cyprus and does not affect the rights of any third country, including Turkey, the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Cyprus said in a statement, with regard to yesterday’s statement of the Turkish Foreign Ministry's spokesman for the Republic of Cyprus' hydrocarbon activities taking place within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)/continental shelf of Turkey. At the same time, it is underlined that "the Republic of Cyprus will continue its policy in the field of hydrocarbons with full respect for International and European Law". The...
Bulgaria, Greece ‘to work actively together’ on migration and asylum issues
As frontline countries, Bulgaria and Greece face common challenges related to increased migration pressure. They must join forces not only at the bilateral level, but also within the European Union, in order to pay due attention to the Eastern Mediterranean.This must also be done in close co-operation with Turkey. This was the common view expressed by Bulgaria's Interior Minister Mladen Marinov and the Minister of Migration Policy of Greece, Giorgos Koumoutsakos, during talks in Sofia on September 20, the Interior Ministry said. The two praised bilateral co-operation in the field of home affairs and migration and asylum. There was a willingness to upgrade and expand...
North Macedonia: Chances of joining NATO in December have become only theoretical
By Ljupcho Popovski North Macedonia’s chances of becoming a NATO member at the December summit have been reduced to theoretical after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s attempt to form a government failed. The ratification of North Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol has not been passed in Italy, the UK, the United States, Spain and Iceland, while in the Netherlands the procedure has been completed in the House of Commons and is due to pass in the Senate. As for the USA, the ratification was passed by the Foreign Relations Committee, and is yet to be adopted by the entire Senate. Which means that the ratification in...
Anastasiades, Mitsotakis spoke on the phone, discussed meetings in New York
Turkey insist on the war rhetoric for now By Michalis Michael The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, had a telephone conversation today with the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis. During their conversation they briefed each other on developments on the Cyprus problem and energy issues, as well as on Turkish actions in the region, exchanged views and discussed the upcoming meetings in New York. President Anastasiades and the Greek Prime Minister have agreed to meet in New York, after a meeting between Prime Minister Mitsotakis and the Turkish President to further coordinate their actions. Akar: We have the same determination as...
Kyriakos Mitsotakis to present the country’s new image in the US
Maximos Mansion is systematically preparing for a marathon of contacts of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in the US. The government staff views Kyriakos Mitsotakis' trip as very important, as he will have meetings with President Trump but also with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, and possibly with Zoran Zaev. Until now, the Maximus Palace has avoided setting a framework for the crucial for the national issues meetings and argues that "we want to show a country that is confident, which participates in the heart of Europe and has an opinion on all major issues". The government spokesman describes it as follows: “Our goal is to bring...
Turkish Vice President: The name of the solution model for the Cyprus problem is not important
He also talked about the Eastern Mediterranean By Michalis Michael What’s important for the Turkish side is not the name of the solution model for the Cyprus issue, but for the solution to include political equality, effective participation in decision-making mechanisms and security guarantees, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said. Speaking last night at a reception in Ankara on tourism in the occupied territories, as reported by CNA from Turkey, Fuat Octay said they attach importance to developing the northern part of Cyprus from an economic point of view, while adding that a new approach is needed in the vision of boosting tourism in the...
Latest poll puts New Democracy in 13.5 point lead
A Pulse opinion poll presented by SKAI TV on Thursday evening put ruling New Democracy 13.5 points ahead of main opposition SYRIZA. This was the first survey published by the pollster since center-right New Democracy won a general election in July. More specifically, the ruling party took 39.5 percent, with leftist SYRIZA on 26 percent. In third place the Movement for Change took 6 percent, followed by the Communist Party on 4.5 percent, DiEM25 on 4 percent and the Greek Solution party on 3 percent, the threshold for entry to parliament. The survey is encouraging for Kyriacos Mitsotakis’s government, as 28 percent of respondents said...