Romania: Dancila tries to avoid the vote of confidence
In an attempt to avoid the vote of confidence that Romanian Prime Minister Vorica Dancila has to seek as the constitution stipulates when the government's political composition changes, she chose three ALDE executives for her government. Citing the need for stability, Viorica Dancila elected three members of the ALDE Liberal Democratic Party as heads of a number of ministries that remained headless after the ALDE's decision to step down from the government. In doing so, she seeks to avoid the vote of confidence as stipulated in the Constitution. ALDE President Calin Popescu-Tăriceanu said the three politicians would be expelled from his party and accused the...
Confrontations begin right away regarding Development Bill
The so-called development bill has become a debate arena between the government and the main opposition, due to the provisions that provide for significant changes in labor legislation to be implemented. Government officials speak of a "breakthrough" in Greece's development policy. The bill, which underwent a six-day consultation, provides, according to government sources, more flexibility in investments  considered strategies which will allow for the prompt authorization of sweeping interventions, that cultivate the ground and a friendly environment to attract new investment opportunities, and presumably good jobs positions”. Attraction and facilitation of investments, business parks, digital map and infrastructure register are also included in this bill....
Marković: Visegrad Group and Western Balkan countries had excellent meeting
Montenegro Prime Minister Duško Marković said on Thursday that the Summit of the Prime Ministers of the Visegrad Group and the Western Balkans, which earlier that day took place in Prague, was successful, that the main topic was the EU enlargement policy, and that the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia fully support the enlargement policy of the European Union and will advocate it in the European Commission. "We had an excellent meeting. The dialogue is part of the initiative of the Visegrad Group and the Czech Presidency regarding the dialogue with the Western Balkans, which primarily concerns enlargement policy but also other issues such...
Unemployment in Greece stands at 16.9%
Signs of improvement in the Greek economy are increasingly multiplying. According to the latest data from the Hellenic Statistical Authority, the unemployment rate in the country in the second quarter of this year was 16.9%, significantly lower than in the first and second quarter last year, (19.2% and 19% respectively). According to the ELSTAT workforce survey, the number of unemployed reached 805,047 and their number decreased by 11.2% compared to the previous quarter and by 11.1% compared to the same quarter last year. However, about 570,000 people (70.8% of the unemployed) are long-term unemployed as they have been seeking work for more than a year....
EU nationals apply for post-Brexit “settled status” in the UK
Almost 1.34 million EU citizens living in the UK have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme which recognises them as “settled” citizens, thus granting them permanent residence in the country after Brexit. 1,15 million of them have had their applications approved. The latest official statistics by the Home Office cover up to the end of August. Most applications (240,000) have been submitted by Polish nationals, who make up the most populous foreign ethnic community in the UK. Romanians come in second with 187,600 applications. Nationals of Bulgaria have also applied in large numbers , namely 70,600 of them, and they rank 6th in the relevant...
TAP Pipeline: The land Returns to its owners in Greece, Albania and Italy
The land reclamation process in Albania, Greece and Italy has already taken place or is currently nearing 97% of the total TAP gas pipeline route, according to a joint venture managing the project. TAP had to bind the land along the pipeline route in order to allow the pipeline and associated infrastructure to be constructed and operated. This process, known as the Land Acquisition (LEA) process, is conducted in accordance with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) international standards. The project affects approximately 22,590 plots of land: 10,300 in Greece, 12,100 in Albania and 190 in Italy. In total, about 45,000 land owners...
16-year old Greek-Cypriot who lowered the Turkish flag in a school in the occupied territories sparks outrage
He went on to brake a photo of Denktas By Michalis Michael The news of a 16-year-old Greek Cypriot appearing at a school in the city of Lysi and lowering the Turkish flag before barging in one of the classrooms and breaking a photograph of Denktas, has been featured all over the Cypriot -and not only- media. State Officials have also reacted, with the mayor of Lysi stressing that "the tsunami of love by the Lysians, which was massively and universally manifested last Sunday, with more than two thousand Lysians coming to the region to celebrate Panagia of Lysi, can in no way be overshadowed...
No deal – that’s good news!
By Ljupcho Popovski Nezavisen Vesnik In a way, the public has become resistant to politicians’ “heroic” or “catastrophic” statements about who is attacking, and who is defending the rule of law. Their rhetoric has become so transparent, so inept, so self-centered, so biased, so down-to-earth that fewer and fewer people are listening when they say that they have been at the forefront of the rule of law. The late night session in Parliament (as if it were an EU summit on Brexit’s fate) showed just that – that politicians are 20,000 miles away from citizens. Serious, abesent-minded people sat opposite each other as if resolving...
Explosion in a military area in the occupied territories, 12 injured – update
Until now there have only been reports of damages not victims A strong explosion in a military area in the occupied areas occurred around 2 this morning. As reported by the occupied territories, the explosion occurred near the Hotel Acapulco. According to the reports, the hotel has been evacuated. Akinci, the "prime minister" Tatar, and Kundret Ozersay have visited the site. So far there is no information on casualties or what has caused the explosions, which according to primary reports were repeated. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=712458632561903 Update 1 Special team kicks off investigation- what the politicians say The explosions at the command of the ammunition compound in Agios...
Bosnia and Herzegovina joins in on Turkish Stream
Consultations and negotiations between Russian Gazprom and Bosnia and Herzegovina's political leadership on the Turkish Stream gas pipeline are expected to begin in late September. What is intended and desired is for the pipeline to cross the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, so that the country can be included in the broader energy planning that is currently underway and under development in the South-East European region, at the initiative of the Russian side. "We will first start a conversation so we can look over the procedures and then the steps that have to be taken afterwards; all that in late September", the head of the...