New Democracy presents the vote of Greeks abroad as a success
New Democracy, through a letter by its secretary George Stergiou, is attempting to present the consensus amongst the parties regarding the vote for Greeks abroad as a personal success, despite shifting away from its original positions. A letter was issued to all members and executives of foreign organizations. Mr. Stergiou declares that for the first time the right to vote, which comprised a commitment and a goal for Kyriakos Mitsotakis, is now being implemented, failing, of course, to mention that the postal vote he had promised is not included in the arrangements, whereas the prerequisites tabled by the other parties which he was forced to...
Cyprus: Informal Tripartite Meeting in Berlin on 25 November
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has invited leaders of the two communities to an informal meeting in Berlin on November 25, and the response from President Nicos Anastasiades has been positive. In a written statement, Government Spokesman Prodrom Prodromos said that "the UN Secretary-General invited the President of the Republic and the Turkish Cypriot leader to an informal meeting in Berlin on November 25 to discuss the next steps on the Cyprus issue". "The response of the President of the Republic has been positive", it is noted/ibna
Montenegro-Germany cooperation in environment and tourism
"Germany is ready to give Montenegro support and assistance in efforts to further improve the environment". That was the conclusion after a series of meetings that were held in Berlin between the Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism Pavle Radulovic with representatives of the Bundestag and the ministry. At a meeting with the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety, Radulovic requested expert assistance, especially for the projects related to the environment and sustainable development. A ministry delegation led by Radulovic presented the results of the protection of Ulcinj's “Solana” (Salt Plant), and also discussed the conservation of protected sites such as...
OSCE condemns death threats to journalist
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, and the Head of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kathleen Kavalec, strongly condemned today a death threat sent to Avdo Avdić, a journalist of the Žurnal news website. On 24 October, a person with an alleged criminal background recorded a video message in which he insulted and threatened Avdić by saying that: “they will search for him in ditches”. According to media reports, this threat is closely related to Avdić’s investigative reporting on money laundering and other criminal offences. “I strongly condemn this heinous threat, which is totally unacceptable. It is of...
Cyprus: Consultations for a tripartite meeting are ongoing
Consultations with the UN Secretariat-General are continuing, as SG Antonio Guterres intends to convene a meeting with the two leaders, and all that remains is for the time and place to be decided, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said. Speaking to the Press from the Presidential Palace, Prodromos Prodromou was asked whether there was anything new about the trilateral meeting between the President of Cyprus, the UN Secretary-General and the Turkish-Cypriot leader, for which he responded that "consultations with the UN Secretariat-General are ongoing, as the SG intends to convene a meeting with the two leaders. All that remains is for the time and place to...
Discussions between Anastasiades and political leaders focus on large-scale reforms
Large-scale reforms that are under way, in order for the necessary steps to be taken towards modernizing and further supporting Cyprus's development path, were the focus of discussions between Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and the political parties’ leaders. Speaking to the Press from the Presidential Palace, Mr. Prodromou commented that "the President of the Republic these days holds meetings with the leaders of the parliamentary parties on the occasion of major reforms and other important policy proposals that are currently under the process of realization or need to be promoted today, in order for the necessary steps to be taken towards modernizing and further supporting...
Kotzias: The Balkans are in danger of exploding following EU’s decision
In an all-inclusive interview former Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias gave to SKAI channel on Thursday night, he spoke extensively of the latest developments in the Balkans, in Syria and Cyprus, of his resignation, SYRIZA and of Alexis Tsipras. Regarding the Prespa Agreement, Nikos Kotzias described the Agreement as the "right" one and as an "inheritance" inter alia, analyzing its aspects of erga omnes, deconstructing the misinformation around the Agreement that circles within Greece were trying to promote. "The Greek government is saying nonsense regarding the erga omnes, as it is already in force", Nikos Kotzias noted, throwing puns to the current Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias....
Opinion: Greece turned from a protagonist to an extra in 100 days…
As the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean find themselves in the middle of a breakdown and with tensions constantly arising, though they constitute areas of the utmost priority for Greek interests and its foreign policy, yet it appears as if they did not make the cut into the Greek government’s agenda. The passiveness that Greece's foreign policy is experiencing at a time of tensions and reshuffle in the region cannot be explained in any other way. However, government officials, with no exceptions, during the first 100 days of New Democracy in power believe that Kyriakos Mitsotakis' government moved swiftly to safeguard national interests and restore...
Spehar asks Anastasiades, Akinci to step up efforts
The two met at a UN reception By Michalis Michael In the presence of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, took place on Thursday night the reception for the celebration of the United Nations Day. The event, which took place at the Ledra Palace Hotel, in the dead zone, in Nicosia, was also attended by UN Special Envoy in Cyprus and UNFICYP leader Elizabeth Spehar, who in her speech emphasized, inter alia, the need for the two leaders to step up their efforts to reach a decision on the terms of reference and return to the...
From passiveness to discomfort in foreign policy issues
In foreign policy issues, the government’s responses range from passiveness to discomfort, while observing Turkey's moves in Syria with "concern". Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has even refrained from using the word "invasion” when it comes to Turkish troops in Syria. The Greek government has not yet clarified whether it considers the invasion a breach of the Lausanne Treaty. The argument that it constituted a police-type operation is certainly not valid, after Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear that "as it happened in Cyprus, where a Turkish flag is raised, it never leaves". Tayyip Erdogan had talked about revising the Lausanne Treaty when he came to...