“It will be announced when it is made?”, Anastasiades says on the Famagusta appeal
What is the Republic of Cyprus action plan on this issue? By Michalis Michael "It will be announced when it is made", President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, replied to a question on the issue of the appeal to the UN Security Council for the city of Famagusta. At the same time, IBNA information underlines that the action plan for the city of Famagusta is specific and concerns the fact that the Cypriot President of the Republic and the Foreign Minister during their contacts in New York at the United Nations General Assembly will raise strongly at every level the matter of Turkey's...
Novartis: Parliament expected to launch probe into role of former minister
The ruling New Democracy majority in parliament is expected to request a pre-inquisitive probe into the handling of the Novartis case by former Alternate Justice Minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos. According to latest information, Prime Minister Kyriacos Mitsotakis is not prepared to allow an investigation into allegations that the former government attempted to influence the justice system to extend to former premier Alexis Tsipras. Mitsotakis is reported to have told aides that he is not open to prosecuting his political rivals and that Prime Ministers are judged by the people and the pages of history. “Tsipras undoubtedly has political responsibilities but these are adjudged at the polls,”...
The uncertainties and the growth of the Greek economy
The forthcoming decisions of the Council of State on the retroactive and international environment also raise great uncertainties. The eurozone economy is down (1.2% this year, 1.1% for next year, according to ECB estimates), but economists in the country argue that there is potential for growth. At the Greek Ministry of Finance, General Manager of Economic Policy Giorgos Manolas discussed with executives of studies and financial analysis departments of domestic institutions and organizations that make forecasts for the Greek economy, in view of the preparation of the preliminary draft budget. GDP growth for all of 2019 is expected to remain slightly below 2%, while from...
North Macedonia has done its part, now it’s the turn of the EU leaders
"Your country has done everything. That is why I came to Northern Macedonia. From Skopje I would like to invite European Union leaders to do their part, as North Macedonia has done its part. This call was made by President of European Council Donald Tusk during today's visit to Skopje and after meeting with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. He said there is no doubt in Brussels about political commitment to the rule of law and fighting corruption. Tusk underlined that he is aware that the government of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is firm and consistent in the rule of law and in fighting corruption, as...
Devastating fires in Amazon to be discussed in the European Parliament
Resolution condemning was voted against Left and green MEPs claim an alliance between the far-right and the right-wing parties has been formed in the European Parliament, in order to stall the ratification of a resolution aimed to put pressure on Brazilian President Bolsonaro, in the wake of the devastating fires in the Amazon. In particular, on Monday, September 16, at the European Parliament meeting in Strasbourg, the Left (GUE) and Green parties, with the support of Members from the Socialist and Democratic groups, called for a resolution condemning to be voted regarding the disasters in the Amazon. According to the meeting records, 194 MEPs voted...
EU deploys Election Observation Mission to Kosovo
The EU Election Observation Mission has been deployed in Kosovo and on Monday they were seen observing throughout Kosovo. The Mission was deployed in response to an invitation by Kosovo President Hashim Thaci to observe the early parliamentary elections, scheduled for 6 October 2019. The European Union has a long history of accompanying electoral processes in Kosovo and has deployed EOMs on four previous occasions, the last two in 2017, which reflects the EU’s long-term commitment and partnership with Kosovo. Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, has appointed Viola von Cramon-Taubadel, Member of the European Parliament as...
Bulgaria court confirms watchdog decision on gas grid capacity expansion contract
Bulgaria’s Supreme Administrative Court has dismissed the appeal against the Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) decision that re-instated Saudi Arabian Arkad Engineering as the winner in the tender to design and build the expansion of Bulgaria’s domestic gas infrastructure, needed in order for the country to handle the transiting gas from the Turkish Stream pipeline. The case was closed after one of the companies in the second-placed consortium – which included Italy’s Bonatti, the Italian subsidiary of German firm Max Streicher and Luxembourg-registered Completions Development Sàrl, which Bulgarian media linked to Russian pipe manufacturer TMK - formally withdrew its support for the appeal. The...
Yavuz is back in Mersin awaiting orders
Turkey's provocations on the European Council’s agenda By Michalis Michael Turkish drill ship Yavuz has completed its first round of drilling operations off the coast of Karpasia, and has now returned to Mersin, as Turkish news agency IHA reports. The same source claims that the drilling rig remains off the Tasucu district of Mersin in order to be refueled, while awaiting instructions on whether or not to return to Cyprus later on. At the same time, the Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the EU, Nicholas Emiliou, during today's meeting of the General Affairs Council (GAC) in Brussels, demanded that the issue of Turkey's illegal activity...
Ankara’s close ties with Moscow and Tehran
Cavusoglu's “Asia Anew” doctrine The Turkish President’s successive meetings with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and with Vladimir Putin ahead of the trilateral conference in Ankara, are regarded as proof of the way Ankara wants to portray itself as a regional power. Relations between Tehran and Ankara have and always will be about balance. One striking fact is that the borders between the two countries have remained unchanged since 1639! Back then it was the Ottoman Empire, and today it is Turkey the country that succeeded it. Regarding developments in Syria, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has realized that without Russia’s and Iran’s consent no policy within Syria can...
United Nations has not received an official information on the opening of Varosha
It was also reported that the United Nations “is monitoring the situation closely and continuously” By Michael Michael The United Nations, according to reports of CNA from the United States, will continue to be guided by relevant SA resolutions, said SG spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, adding that they take into account Resolution 550, which "considers any attempts for settlement in any part of the Varosha by people other than their inhabitants unacceptable". He also said that the United Nations "is monitoring the situation closely and constantly", while claiming that "the UN has not received any official information on plans to open Varosha". CNA informed the spokesman...