The Vetevendosje Movement wins the election in Kosovo
Early parliamentary elections were held peacefully and democratically in Kosovo on Sunday. According to preliminary data, the Vetevendosje Movement won in this election, with a slight margin from the Democratic League of Kosovo. With 90 per cent of the vote counted by the State Election Commissions, the Vetevendosje Movement received about 26 per cent of the vote, the LDK 25 per cent, the PDK 21 per cent, the AAK-PSD 11.6 per cent. The Serb list won the majority of votes in Serb-inhabited municipalities. The Vetevendosje leader and candidate for prime minister, Albin Kurti said that as of Monday he will start efforts to form the...
Finance Ministry expects no fiscal gap in 2020
As the Greek government prepares to table the state budget for 2020 in parliament this week, Finance Minister provided assurances that there will be no fiscal gap in the coming year. In an interview with the Sunday edition of Eleftheros Typos newspaper, Christos Staikouras stressed that the budget will carry all tax relief measures promised by Prime Minister Kyriacos Mitsotakis, in addition to a reduction of social security contributions. According to Staikouras, increased tax receipts in 2019 – including collection of VAT - and revenues from a revamped debt repayment scheme will help secure a 3.5 percent of GDP primary surplus target is achieved. Moreover,...
Pompeo’s visit: Yes to everything, at a small cost for the government
It is clear the Government is highly satisfied with the beautiful breakfast photos of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his wife with the Pompeo couple. The breakfast with the wives is the American way; it is what suits the American-educated Greek Prime Minister. The rest of the US Secretary of State's program, as well as his attendance at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens received the same extensive media coverage. The question naturally remains what Greece gets out of the upgrade of the Defensive Agreement with the States, which was signed during the Foreign Minister's trip to USA over the previous weekend. Both the previous and...
Second round of Greek-US Strategic Dialogue discussions to commence on Monday
The second round of the Strategic Dialogue between Greece and USA begins on Monday, October 7, 2019. The Strategic Dialogue was launched in December 2018 in Washington, DC. The second round follows the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Greece and the upgrading of the Defense Agreement with the US via the signing of the Protocol for the Amendment. Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will signal the commencement of the operations alongside the US Assistant Secretary of State Philip Reeker. It is worth noting that for USA the Strategic Dialogue comprises a process of enhancing their cooperation with countries with specific geostrategic importance. In...
Erdogan: “We are at that point where we are planning our future in 25 and 50 years”  ‘
The cost of damage caused to Turkey has multiplied' Speaking to the Justice and Development Party officials, Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded indirectly to Mike Pompeo as well as to the countries in the region of the Eastern Mediterranean, saying that the cost of damage caused to Turkey has multiplied. "Turkey is going through a period that will shape its future over the next 25 and 50 years. The covert and overt attacks against our people did not manage to break its bones, yet they have become tiring. We became stronger through every problem we have faced. But now the cost of damage Turkey has endured...
Greece-USA deepen their relations
At a pivotal point in time for the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean in terms of the role Greece can play in the region, the visit of the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is of particular importance to both Greece and the wider region. The Greek-US relations really began reshaping after the first trip of former Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias to Washington and New York in April 2015 took place, which triggered the multidimensional and energetic foreign policy pursued by the government of Alexis Tsipras. Excellent relations with both the Obama and Trump governments led to the launch of Greece's Strategic Dialogue with the...
Captive minds did not remain in the past
Erol Rizaov The captive state of Nikola Gruevski’s decade-long regime was liberated three years ago by a peaceful and bloodless revolution, but the captive minds did not remain chained to the past. They are alive and well, we have been harvesting their poisonous fruits in the past few days, at a time when the progressive world and our future allies are giving us full support on the road to the future. The sow seed of hate and distrust on the threshold of Macedonia’s greatest success in recent history. We can easily recognize them for they are clearly visible, proud of their backwardness and ignorance to...
Secretary Pompeo travels to Greece to deepen their historic alliance
Secretary Mike Pompeo will travel to Athens, Greece from October 4-6, 2019, where he will meet Prime Minister Mitsotakis and members of his cabinet, including Foreign Minister Dendias and Defense Minister Panagiotopoulos, ahead of the 2019 U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue on October 7.  The United States and Greece proudly cooperate on defense and security matters, trade, investment, energy, research and business, culture, and the arts.  While in Greece, the Secretary will deliver a speech on the dynamic growth in our relationship. The U.S.-Greece alliance is moving forward at the top speed U.S.-Greece relations are at an historic high point. Greece is a vital partner that shares...
Pompeo becomes first US Secretary of State to visit Montenegro
Montenegrin Prime Minister Duško Marković and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted that the first official visit of a US Secretary of State to Montenegro testifies to the fact that the two countries foster friendship and alliance, Montenegro Government Press service announced. "Following the visit of US Vice President Mike Pence, this is further evidence of the excellent relations between our two countries and a sign that the United States values ​​our alliance and its constructive role in the region and beyond", Prime Minister Marković underscored at the joint press conference, describing the first visit of a US Secretary of State to Montenegro as...
Kyriakos Mitsotakis to visit Cairo and Alexandria on 7-8 October
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will travel to Egypt on Monday, October 7 to attend the 7th Tripartite Summit between Greece, Egypt and Cyprus scheduled to take place in Cairo on October 8. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi will welcome the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the Etihadeya Presidential Palace at 10:00 am local time. Bilateral meetings will be held with the Egyptian President, followed by a trilateral gathering at 12:30 local time. After that, statements will be made to the reporters and President El-Sisi will then host a dinner for his high-ranking guests. According to IBNA,...