Altun: We can cooperate more closely with the EU against anti-Muslim racism
“Turkey and the European Union are close partners in a broad range of areas, and we can certainly cooperate more closely against anti-Muslim racism" said the Director of Communications of the Turkish Presidency Dr. Fahrettin Altun, during a keynote speech for the presentation of the "European Islamophobia 2019" of the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA). "In this regard, the Turkish government is prepared to support efforts by our European friends to promote equality for Muslims and other religious communities. I am confident that together, we can overcome this very serious challenge and build a safer future for everyone". In his speech, Director...
Montenegro: Tensions rise again in Budva
Members and councillors of the Democrats, headed by Mr Aleksa Bečić, have broken through the security cordon and entered the municipal building in Budva. Although the acting president of the Municipal Assembly of Budva, Ms Snežana Kuč, scheduled for Thursday consultations with presidents of the clubs and the resumption of the dialogue relating to the current political situation, tensions in Budva do not seem to subside. Ms Kuč and acting president of the municipality, Mr Vladimir Bulatović, arrived this morning at their office, provoking the ire of the Democrats, whose members soon afterwards broke through the cordon and entered the office of the president of...
Greece: Incoming travel traffic takes a dive in April
The big drop in the incoming travel traffic in April, a month during which a universal lockdown was implemented in Greece, is evident, the Bank of Greece (BoG) records. According to BoG data, only 37,600 travelers entered the country in April compared to 982,000 during the corresponding period last year, recording a drop of 96.2%. Respectively, travel revenue amounted to 7 million euro, down 98.7% from 544 million euro in the same period last year. More specifically, according to the BoG's provisional data, it is estimated that the travel balance in April 2020 showed a surplus of 5 million euro, compared to a surplus of...
North Macedonia: VMRO-DPMNE to fight an uphill battle in upcoming general election
In three days, perhaps the most unusual election campaign in the country will begin, ahead of the July 15 parliamentary elections. This campaign will be held without rallies and with reduced gatherings of citizens, with a presentation of the parties' programs via video on social networks. Also, the elections will last three days and will be held in accordance with special protection protocols for Covid-19. Under these conditions, 15 political entities with 87 lists, which originally planned to compete on April 12, will compete for the 120 seats in parliament. This is the first parliamentary election for VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski, but not the first...
Serbia: President Vucic claims landslide win in general election
According to estimates by the IPSOS and CESID companies, the exit-polls across the territory and with the incorporation of the questionnaires at 91%, Aleksandar Vucic SNS's party has won a landslide victory. According to estimates, Aleksandar Vucic's SNS party receives 62.60% and 191 of the 250 seats in the Serbian National Assembly. Ivica Dacic's Socialist Party SPS-JS receives 10.90% and 33 seats, while Aleksandar Šapić's party - Victory for Serbia - is at 4.20% and 12 seats. In addition to the three first parties, other parties that gain representation in parliament are István Pásztor's minority Hungarian Vojvodina Union with 2.30% and 7 seats, “Only Justice”...
Bulgaria: Borissov attends virtual European Council Summit
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov attended a meeting of the European Council held online. The main topic of the European leaders’ discussion was the debate upon the European recovery plan, which consists of the proposal for a new Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027 (MFF) and the "Next Generation EU" tool, created specifically for tackling the challenges in the fight against coronavirus. "Our country supports the Recovery Plan, as the proposed approach is ambitious, excellent and temporary. With this, the European Commission manages to combine innovative ways to deal with the crisis and the benefits of borrowed capital with the potential of the EU budget. A...
Romania: Parliament ratifies establishment of SEEBRIG Headquarters
The proposal of President Klaus Iohannis to establish the headquarters of the South-Eastern Europe Brigade Multinational Peace Force (SEEBRIG) was ratified on the status of the international military administration which is part of a coalition administration based in Sibiu and with provisional headquarters in Bucharest, after 381 Senators voted in favor of this decision, while 3 MPs abstained. The organization, operation, staffing, management, support that Romania must provide, as well as other details required to fulfill the mission of the SEEBRIG Headquarters are provided for in the agreements reached between the Romanian Ministry of National Defense, the NATO military authorities and their allies. Defense Minister...
Cyprus: Anastasiades calls for the early adoption of the new EU budget
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades participated today in a scheduled Summit of the European Council held online. The main topic of discussion was the European Commission's proposal for the new Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027, which includes the proposed Recovery Plan aimed at supporting Member States' economies to address the effects of the pandemic, according to a written statement by Government Spokesman Kyriakos Kousios. The discussion on the new budget focused on overall growth, the size of key policy areas, the financing of EU priorities, as well as the timing of negotiations, which have varied since the coronavirus outbreak. Addressing the participants, President Anastasiades thanked the...
Greece: Mitsotakis welcomes the Commission’s proposal as a solid starting point
"Greece fully supports the Commission's proposal; this is a very good starting point, it is not possible to go below the level of this proposal", Kyriakos Mitsotakis said during a meeting of the European Council, in which the predominant issue was the character and the amount from the Recovery Fund. "We have an appointment with history. Speaking as a country that experienced a recession of 9.1% in 2011, this kind of economic situation is particularly painful, leading to social unrest and rising populism. We should all be well aware of what we will face if our response does not rise to the occasion in terms...
Turkey: Cavusoglu meets with Di Maio
Cavusoglu: "We want the Eastern Mediterranean to be a place of cooperation, not conflict" We will continue to work with Italy for lasting peace in Libya, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a joint press conference with his Italian counterpart on Friday. The Turkish minister said that Turkey would continue to work with Italy for lasting peace and a political process that would bring results to Libya. "We are grateful to Italy for not siding with the warlord General Khalifa Haftar in Libya, unlike many other countries", Çavuşoğlu said. Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio also stressed that they were seeking sustainable peace in Libya....