Athens awaiting key economic reports
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is expected to publish a report on the Greek economy in coming days, which will be followed by the fourth post-bailout European Commission report, which is expected to assess the impact of the 2020 budget, which is expected to be ratified in parliament by the end of November. On 4 December, the Finance Minister, Christos Staikouras, will attend a Eurogroup meeting which is highly anticipated as it is set to determine the result of the 4th post-bailout review of the Greek economy by international creditors. The IMF report is expected to focus on certain areas of the economy and issues...
The imposition of law and order overshadowed Xi Jinping’s visit
The imposition of the law and order doctrine by the Minister of Public Order Michalis Chrisochoidis overshadowed the Chinese president's visit to Athens, a fact which appears to have displeased the Maximos Mansion officials. Kyriakos Mitsotakis has found some understanding for sure, since Xi Jinping faces similar problems with violent incidents in Hong Kong, with which he deals in similar ways using similar police force. Perhaps he could also offer his expertise to Kyriakos Mitsotakis. However, their common understanding is evident by the fact that the first of the 14 cooperation protocols they signed was about the extradition of Chinese opposition figures from Greece to...
Dendias in Belgrade
Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias will travel to Belgrade on Thursday, November 14th, where he will be received by his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic. Nikos Dendias will visit the Serbian capital following an invitation by his counterpart. The two Ministers will have the opportunity to discuss bilateral, regional and international issues during their meeting. It is reported that the European prospects of the Western Balkan countries will be the center of attention, alongside the preparations for the Greek-Serbian Cooperation Council, which is expected to be held soon under Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic. After the discussions, joint statements...
PIC SBA reacts on the RSNA conclusions
Two days after the majority in the Republika Srpska National Assembly adopted a set of conclusions regarding the former High Representative’s decisions, which, as MPs consider, derogate and change the essence of the Dayton Peace Agreement, the Peace Implementation Council Steering Board reacted, and rejected the conclusions. The Ambassadors of the Peace Implementation Council Steering Board (PIC SBA), reads the statement issued, reject the adoption of the Conclusions of 11 November 2019 by the ruling coalition in the RS National Assembly as based on an erroneous interpretation of the Dayton Peace Agreement (DPA). The interests of Republika Srpska are served not by rolling back essential...
Mitsotakis meets with members of the Greek Minority of Albania
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had a meeting today with a delegation of the Democratic Union of the Greek Minority (DEEM) Omonoia and The Unity for Human Rights Party (KEAD). The meeting was attended by the President of Omonoia, Mr. V. Kagios, the President of KEAD, Mr. V. Doules, and the President of the Himara Omonoia Branch, Mr. F. Belleris. According to Maximos Mansion officials, during the meeting the representatives of the Greek National Minority unfolded the major challenges and problems minority members in Albania face. The Prime Minister assured the representatives of the Greek National Minority that the Greek Government would be firmly by their side,...
Zaev expects enhanced economic co-operation with Greece
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev will travel to Thessaloniki tomorrow to attend this year's Summit, and will be part of the discussion "Southeast Europe: Regional Cooperation Initiatives and Reforms". On the sidelines of the Summit, he will meet with his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Zaev says he expects enhanced economic co-operation with Greece. “I want to share the feeling of satisfaction, how big the interest of Greek companies is, especially for the lower half of the state due to the proximity of transport”, Zaev said. The Thessaloniki Summit is being held tomorrow under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Greece, Procopius Pavlopoulos. According...
Government Spokesman: President Anastasiades optimistic an agreement can be reached on the terms of reference
The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, chaired this morning a meeting of the National Council at the Presidential Palace. Following the meeting, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou told reporters that "at the National Council meeting, the President of the Republic briefed the political leaders on all developments and all preparations being made for the meeting with the UN Secretary General and the Turkish Cypriot leader, in Berlin, on November 25. In particular, the President of the Republic briefed on the letter submitted by him to the General Secretariat, which requested the Security Council be submitted with the report of the SG good services....
Republic of Cyprus: 57.2% of citizens wants a Single State solution – ESS survey
The results of the European Social Survey (ESS) 2017 - 2019 were presented on Monday, November 11, with Cyprus again participating after almost six years absence. The National Coordinator for the two years was the European University of Cyprus, with Professor Marios Vryonidis. The University of Cyprus and Professor Haris Psaltis take the baton for 2019-2021. The original sample was 1,600 households, but eventually about 800 people responded, with the response and collaboration rate reaching 58%. The field survey was coordinated by the University of Cyprus’ Field Research Center and was conducted in the period October 2018 - April 2019. The sample of the survey...
Ghana confirms the withdrawal of the recognition of Kosovo
Ghana’s deputy foreign minister, Charled Owiredu, told AFP on Tuesday that his country has decided to withdraw the recognition of Kosovo as an independent state. The reasons were communicated to Serbia in a letter, he said. “The decision to recognise Kosovo turned out to be premature”, the letter said of its recognition in 2012. The confirmation came a day after Serbia’s foreign minister, Ivica Dacic, told media in Belgrade that this African country has decided to reverse the recognition of Kosovo, thus becoming, as Dacic claimed, the 16th country to withdraw its recognition of Kosovo. Kosovo’s ministry of Foreign Affairs has denied Serbia’s claims and...
Macron brings together the Presidents of Kosovo and Serbia
Kosovo president Hashim Thaci met on Tuesday with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic in Paris, in a meeting facilitated by French president, Emmanuel Macron. Thaci said that Kosovo is ready to resume dialogue with Serbia that would lead to an agreement on mutual recognition, the President’s Press Service announced. “President Thaci in this meeting confirmed that Kosovo is ready to resume dialogue with Serbia, looking for an agreement of peace, which would bring mutual recognition and Kosovo’s membership into the United Nations”, the President’s Office announced. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic reiterated Serbia's demand for Kosovo to lift the 100 per cent tariffs on Serbian goods,...