Erdogan: “Turkey has no plans involving the territory, sovereignty or interests of any other country”
"Turkey will make no concessions on what rightfully belongs to her" Turkey will take what it is hers in the Mediterranean, as well as in the Aegean and the Black Sea, the Turkish president said on Wednesday, speaking at a ceremony celebrating the Turkish military victory nearly a millennium ago, on the occasion of the 949th anniversary of the Manzikert battle in Eastern Turkey. "Turkey has no plans involving the territory, sovereignty or interests of any other country, but will never make concessions on what rightfully belongs to her", said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey calls on all parties to avoid any mistakes that...
EU: Pristina-Belgrade expert meetings to continue on Thursday in Brussels
The dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina will continue tomorrow with expert meetings in Brussels, EU spokeswoman Nibala Masrali confirmed in Tanjug. The EU notes that this is "part of the process" in the context of the ongoing dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. "Following the summit in July, the dialogue continues with a series of expert-level meetings", Masrali explained. The last meeting of experts from Belgrade and Pristina took place on July 30th in Brussels, with the EU stating that experts would meet regularly to discuss issues raised by leaders at high-level political meetings. EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak announced a new...
Greek-Turkish Relations: All eyes on Merkel after trip by Maas ends up fruitless
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas came, met, talked and left after visiting Athens and Ankara within a few hours, leaving however the feeling that the Greek-Turkish dialogue would not begin any time soon. The head of German diplomacy in Athens met with almost the entire political leadership, as he held talks with the Greek Prime Minister, the leader of the main opposition and his counterpart, reinforcing the view that the pressure Greece is receiving from Germany is large and multifaceted, in an attempt to "drag herself" to dialogue with Turkey. In Ankara, Heiko Maas saw only his Turkish counterpart, who did not miss the opportunity to...
Croatia: Authorities hold commemoration of Serb victims in Grubori village
The President of the Republic of Croatia Zoran Milanović attended on Tuesday a commemoration, which kicked off in Plavno at the cross erected in memory of the victims in that village, and continued all the way to Grubori at the cross erected for the victims in the nearby hamlet. “This is not a protocol event, we are here to pay our respect to what happened twenty-five years ago and what caused moral abomination in me then. Now, twenty-five years later, it is easy to say that no one has personally been held accountable for this. It is more or less known which unit was here on that day”, President Milanović...
Bulgaria: Political consultations on constitutional amendments kick off
Negotiations on amendments to the Constitution between GERB and the other parties begin today in parliament. The goal is to gather the necessary 120 signatures by MPs in order to submit the plan of the ruling party, which will set the process in motion. The first meeting of a series of talks will be with the United Patriots coalition partner (IMRO and NFSB) and will be followed by consultations with independent MPs. The talks will take place in the Eastern Chamber of the National Assembly, with the Speaker of Parliament Tsveta Karayancheva, the leader of the parliamentary group Dr. Daniela Daritkova and MP Menta Stoyanova...
Romania: Ciolacu elected PSD President
Marcel Ciolacu was elected President of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) on Saturday with 1,310 votes. His rival, former Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici, barely received 91 votes. The new leader of the Social Democrats said he wanted to follow a completely different approach, both inside and outside the party. According to Marcel Ciolacu's political program titled " PSD Reconstruction- A Left Political Vision for a European Party", the goal of the Social Democrats is to remain the largest political party in Romania. The future leadership of the PSD states that it will promote the right people in the public administration and that it will renounce...
Cyprus: 22.3% below poverty line in 2018
Based on the results by the 2019 Income and Living Conditions Survey, with 2018 as a reference year, 22.3% of the population or 194,400 people were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. Specifically, 22.3% of the population lived in households with disposable income below the poverty line or with severe material deprivation or with a low work intensity index. The index shows an improvement compared to the previous year which was at 23.9%, continuing the downward tendency of recent years, after peaking at 25.9% in 2015. The improvement is evident in both the male and female population, with 21.2% and 23.3% respectively, although females...
Greece: Bulgartransgaz joins LNG Terminal project in Alexandroupolis
An agreement was signed today in the Zappeion Megaron in Athens for the participation of the Bulgarian company Bulgartransgaz in the project of the Alexandroupolis Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal, in the presence of the Prime Ministers of Greece and Bulgaria. In his remarks, the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis noted that "this large investment is set in motion with the ultimate goal of transforming our easternmost European port into a global energy hub". Kyriakos Mitsotakis pointed out that "the benefits are also geopolitical: With the new axis, the diversification of natural gas routes is achieved not only for Bulgaria, but also for Central Europe, which...
OP/ED: The truth about the Prespa Agreement – Maximalist criticism or maximalist retreat?
By Nikos Kotzias* In a series of articles, I criticized New Democracy’s (ND) foreign policy, especially regarding the EEZs with Italy and Egypt. For some reason only they know, a number of Syriza’s 53 Group and Syriza neo-Semites felt this criticism towards ND was directed towards them. They attacked me, not so much my views, but me personally. And of course I responded and I will continue to respond when needed, to those who defend Mitsotakism. Many of them did the same in 1989, when I was the first to oppose the left-wing - Father Mitsotakis government, the "dirty '89" as we called it, together...
OP/ED: With the head in the mouth of the German Shepherd…
Heiko Maas's visit to Greece on Tuesday, in conjunction with the latest initiatives to launch a dialogue under the auspices of Germany, which currently holds the EU presidency, can only bring bad news. If the information that has surfaced regarding a repetition of the "secret" meeting of Berlin with the same composition: Surani, Kalin, Hecker is taken into account, the situation becomes even more difficult. Germany, as a leader and presiding country in the second half of 2020 of the EU, seems to want to "end" the Greek-Turkish conflict, keeping a neutral stance. Protestant Germany is not known for being prone to emotion, which became...