Tsipras: “The Government is managing the crisis by creating an even bigger crisis”
SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance President Alexis Tsipras gave an interview to the Spanish News Agency. "They managed to achieve the unthinkable; they received the economy at a state in which it was growing for 12 consecutive quarters, and drove it back into recession, before the outbreak of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown measures", SYRIZA President Alexis Tsipras stated, commenting on the performance of the Mitsotakis government in an interview with the Spanish News Agency. He also stressed ND's relationship with interests, noting that he would be happy if the next government after SYRIZA could build on the foundations laid, "but as we predicted, this did not happen;...
Merkel: First chapters could open this year for North Macedonia and Albania
Today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel outlined the priorities of the country's rotating EU presidency over the next six months, citing negotiations only with North Macedonia and Albania on the issue of the EU enlargement, according to the MIA agency in Brussels. The Western Balkans, Africa, the fight against misinformation, immigration, Russia and China constitute Germany's top foreign policy priorities for the next six months. "Accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania should take place this year and the first chapters should be opened", Angela Merkel told MEPs this afternoon. For Merkel, the start of negotiations with Skopje and Tirana conveys an important message regarding the...
Romania: Record-high number of outbreaks reported in last 24 hours – Austria issues travel restrictions
In the last 24 hours, 555 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Romania. This constitutes a record-high number of daily new outbreaks since the beginning of the pandemic. Experts have predicted that the number of cases in this upward tendency recorded in this period may exceed the spring peak, as the largest number of cases in one day to date, 523, was recorded on April 11. To date, 30,175 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Romania. Of these, 22,284 were discharged, 20,799 have recovered and 1,485 were asymptomatic. Death toll has risen to 1,817, after 18 died in the past 24 hours. Austria...
Dodik: Belgrade protests only help Serbia’s enemies
Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik has said that protests in Serbia are directed at destabilizing Serbia and its regional and international positions and that “only enemies of Serbia and the Serbian people benefit from them”. Dodik called on all participants of last night’s protests to be reasonable, saying that the street is not a place where any problem can be solved, according to a statement from the office of the Serb member of the BiH Presidency. “All problems, if there are any, should be resolved βυ institutions, by democratic means, and not by violence and destruction of one’s own city and property....
Slovenia: Janša and der Leyen to resolve four year old issue
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has responded to a letter by Slovenia PM Janez Janša over the lawsuit the Commission has brought against Slovenia because of a 2016 seizure of ECB documents. The Commission responded that it would like to keep the dialogue with Slovenia on this matter open, the STA reports. The Commission said its "reply letter confirms the willingness of the Commission to keep the dialogue with Slovenia on this matter open in the spirit of sincere cooperation, as with all member states". Janša has said he inquired in the letter whether there was any chance that the Commission withdraws the...
Opinion: One year was enough for Greek foreign policy to sink into Mediterranean waters
From the first day of Kyriakos Mitsotakis' rule, it became clear that foreign policy was not a priority as his goal was the economy and attracting investments and investors. With the rise of New Democracy to power, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has become a field of liquidation, persecution of many worthy and capable diplomats and a competition for the domination of various tendencies. At a time when geopolitical reshuffles are demanding an active and multidimensional foreign policy, a return to the doctrine of inactivity in diplomacy has dealt a severe blow to the country's international image, undermining the media fairytale on the upgrading of...
Grenell: US supports EU initiative for Belgrade-Pristina dialogue
US Special Envoy for Dialogue Richard Grenell, in an exclusive statement to Gazeta Express, commented on the European Union's initiative to resume the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue. Grenell says the EU initiative has the full support of the United States and is pleased to see Europeans convene on July 12 in Brussels for further talks with Kosovo and Serbia. The US presidential envoy hopes that the important issue of Kosovo's visa liberalization will be completed at this meeting. "We are pleased to see Europeans convening meetings on 10 and 12 July for further discussions with Kosovo and Serbia. We offer our full support and we are grateful...
Bulgaria: Zaharieva, Di Maio meet in Sofia
Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva and Italian Foreign and International Cooperation Minister Luigi Di Maio discussed the crisis of COVID-19 and how to overcome its consequences, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said in an interview after a meeting with her Italian counterpart. At the beginning of her speech, Zaharieva recalled the date of Bulgaria's relationship with Italy and stressed that the two countries have long-term cooperation. "Sofia's story is linked to Italian Deputy Consul Vito Positano. He refused to leave the city with the entire diplomatic mission after learning of the Ottoman authorities' intention to set the city on fire after the...
Serbia: Far-right groups storm protests against restrictive measures, spread chaos
The peaceful protests against the government's decision to declare a state of emergency in Belgrade escalated to hand-to-hand combat between protesters and security forces, following an attack by Srđan Nogo's far-right clan, which attempted to enter the National Assembly. The protesters began throwing fireworks at police forces, which used tear gas to quell attacks by the far-right groups. The group led by Nogo was located right at the entrance of the Assembly, from where they were shouting far-right and anti-immigrant slogans, while also chanting "We will not leave Kosovo," "Oh, Kosovo, Kosovo." Nogo is widely known for his far-right rhetoric and dissemination of conspiracy theories...
Dacic: Serbia will apologize to no one for the conviction of offenders
"Serbia will not apologize to anyone for convicting those who killed Serbs", Serbian First Vice President and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic told Tanjug. The note signed by the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Foreign Ministry dated yesterday, which was sent to the Serbian Foreign Ministry for publication in the media, and only after publication was it to be delivered via email to the Serbian IJC, is completely unacceptable and out of diplomatic practice, said Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic. The Serbian Foreign Minister went on to add that interfering in the work of the judiciary, and in particular in procedures related to war crimes, was completely unacceptable. “War crimes...