Europe risks losing strategic clout in Western Balkans
Open letter is signed by ten former Prime Ministers, Deputy Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers of the EU and the Balkans calling on the European Union leadership not to delay the start of accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia. The letter highlights the risks to security and stability in the Western Balkans from the EU's refusal to set a date for the start of accession negotiations for Albania and North Macedonia. The Letter: Trouble spots and tensions surrounding the European Union continue: Syria, Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, Eastern Mediterranean. In the South of the European Union, an arc of geopolitical instability is being formed. We...
Dendias and Dimitrov agreed on intensifying bilateral co-operation
North Macedonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov, during the Summit organized by the World Economic Forum in Geneva, had a meeting with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias. During the meeting views were exchanged on the latest developments in their bilateral relations, the situation in the region and the European perspective of North Macedonia, following the latest European Council, as IBNA reported yesterday. Nikola Dimitrov, as the statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs notes, expressed his satisfaction with the ongoing cooperation with Greece and the country’s commitment to launch accession talks between North Macedonia and the European Union. In this context, he underlined...
Discussions between Vucic and Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs focused on economic co-operation
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met today with the Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and discussed issues of bilateral relations and economic co-operation. Aleksandar Vucic expressed his gratitude for India's position to not recognize Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence and to respect Serbia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. More than 70 companies from India are already operating in Serbia, and there is firm interest from other companies to invest heavily in agriculture, IT and tourism. "The abolition of visa requirements for Indian citizens has led to a significant increase in the number of Indian tourists in Serbia", President Vucic commented. As the Serbian President underlined,...
SYRIZA: Bank raids was a publicity stunt
SYRIZA described the Competition Commission’s bank raids as a publicity stunt aimed at covering up the laws in favor of the bankers. As the main opposition points out, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, through the provision voted by the Government on the updated criminal codes, provides immunity for the bankers against loan sharks, and shoves dozens of corruption cases into the archive, including the New Democracy - PASOK loans and the loans from the media, "for which bankers but party executives as well are accountable". According to the provision in-question, the bankers may be prosecuted for a felony such as infidelity, only in the event that a complaint...
Pažin: We do not want EU to turn a blind eye, but we do expect real progress to be evaluated
It is in the highest interest of Montenegro not only to gain quick access to the EU, but above all to be internally ready for membership as soon as possible, fulfilling all the criteria, particularly in the rule of law, which is the basis and precondition for a European quality of life, Deputy Prime Minister for Political System, Interior and Foreign Policy Zoran Pažin noted during a meeting with senior officials of the Western Balkans, members states of the EU and European institutions that the World Economic Forum is organising in Geneva, entitled "Strategic dialogue on the Western Balkans". The Deputy Prime Minister emphasised that...
BiH Presidency divided over Macron’s statement
When French President, Emmanuel Macron, said that Bosnia and Herzegovina is "a time bomb", he probably did not know that the echo of the statement will trigger yet another dispute in BiH Presidency. Macron, during his interview, described Bosnia and Herzegovina as a "time-bomb" ticking right next to Croatia facing the problem of returning jihadists, and pointed out that procedures for EU membership had to be reformed, “as they no longer serve their purpose, they are neither strategic nor political, rather bureaucratic and irreversible.” "You have to be able to consider the issue of reversibility at some point. Secondly, if you are concerned about this...
Op-Ed/Economic Treaty between Kosovo and Albania
By Muhamer Pajaziti At a time when the possibility of the signing of a Peace Treaty between Kosovo and Serbia is being discussed, I am convinced that the debate should focus more on the signing of a Treaty between Albania and Kosovo. With the political will of both countries, this act would be easily feasible if one was to follow the European integration model. The implementation of this document could be achieved with the help of Albanian experts in different fields in both countries. The basis of this cooperation should focus first on the economy and then over time on foreign policy, security and justice...
President Anastasiades: “If the other side has the same determination and will as us, Berlin could yield results”.
If the other side has the same determination and political will as we have, the November 25 meeting in Berlin could yield results, said the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades. Speaking to reporters in Limassol, the President of Cyprus stated that UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Cyprus Jane Hole Lute "is currently expected to visit Cyprus, possibly on 15 November, and her meeting with me is set for 16 November at 6.30pm. It is a preparation for the meeting with the UN Secretary-General in Berlin on 25 November". Asked if he is optimistic about the 25 November meeting, President Anastasiades said "I...
Aksoy: Turkey will never forget the Greek atrocities
Turkey has not forgotten the atrocities Greece has committed against the Turks, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said on Friday. "Greece systematically exterminated Turks and Muslims in the region during and after the period of independence from the Ottoman Empire," Aksoy said in response to a statement by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos during his recent visit to Armenia. In a statement to the Armenian News Agency, the Greek President noted that we must not forget "even in the slightest the martyred moments" that the Greek and Armenian nations have experienced "not out of vengeance against our abusers, but because this memory leads us to serve,...
North Macedonia: Government, Main Opposition squabble over European integration
The government and opposition in North Macedonia are continuing their criticism and accusations of the country's EU integration process, after the failure to secure a date for the start of negotiations. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said the country is receiving strong support from international allies and hopes that the mistake will be corrected and get a date for the start of talks as soon as possible. The Prime Minister’s Social Democratic League has criticized the approach of VMRO-DPMNE opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski that the blame for the date lies with the Government and not with French President Macron. "Macron was right when he blocked us",...