Vucic meets Borrell
Following the meeting with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić said today that they had good, honest and open talks on all important topics. President Vučić thanked Borrell for his personal engagement in the dialogue with Priština and stressed that people should not expect good and pleasant news because there are none, and added that Borrell iterated what the EU had said numerous times - that without a solution in the dialogue with Priština, Serbia's European perspective will surely not be certain. He added that people need to...
Cavusoglu and Zaharieva discuss deepening of bilateral cooperation in Sofia
The talks between Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva and her Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, who paid his first official visit to Bulgaria, mainly revolved around the deepening of cooperation between Bulgaria and Turkey in the fields of energy and trade; security issues and combating terrorism; the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as current issues on the European Union's agenda. After welcoming her Turkish counterpart, the Bulgarian Foreign Minister noted that "there is a friendship and stable cooperation between our two countries. This partnership and friendship are constantly expanding. It is based upon the principles of good...
Conflict, questions and accusations regarding the floating barrier
SYRIZA has stated its complete opposition to the purchase of a 2.7km-long floating barrier to prevent refugee and migratory flows, while Union officials have also addressed the issue. Τhe competent Minister N. Mitarakis spoke of conveying a message that "we are not a free-entrance country, and we are taking every step to protect our borders". “We are looking at any means that could help us protect the borders of Greece, which also operate as the borders of Europe. Let everyone understand this. Things have changed”, the government spokesman stressed. It is recalled that according to the Government's plan, Greece will be supplied with a 2.7km...
Christodoulides: The first trilateral meeting between Cyprus, Lebanon, Greece will be held in spring
Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides is in Beirut on an official visit, after the country formed its newly elected government. This constitutes the first official visit by a foreign official to Lebanon since the government was formed. Nikos Christodoulides met with his Lebanese counterpart Nassif Hitti, with whom they discussed bilateral relations and the prospect of further deepening them in various fields, on the occasion of the new Government taking over; the latest developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, in the light of Turkey's escalating illegal activity within the maritime zones of the Republic of Cyprus; the EU-Lebanon relations, as...
Edi Rama met with US Ambassador in Albania
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama expressed his satisfaction for the meeting with US diplomat and US ambassador to Tirana, Yuri Kim. The Albanian Prime Minister posted on his personal account a twitter photo of the meeting held at his office, stressing that they are focusing on common priorities as two allied countries. Rama also says that the anti-corruption and organized crime laws passed by Parliament are a nice coincidence with the meeting with the US Ambassador. The US Embassy in a Facebook post notes that US Ambassador Yuri Kim at her meeting with the Albanian Prime Minister had the opportunity to outline the top US...
North Macedonia: Public Prosecution bill continues to provoke controversy
The deadline is expiring and the new Public Prosecution bill continues to cause clashes between political parties, which have yet to reach an agreement. Today, there will be a new meeting attended by representatives of all political parties, which will show whether there is room for the VMRO-DPMNE to vote in favor of the bill or whether the bill will pass with two-thirds of the votes without them. Prior to the meeting, Justice Minister Renata Deskoska made a significant concession, announcing the withdrawal of an article in the latest version of the law, stating that Special Prosecution investigations would be conducted by the regular Prosecutor's...
Serbia: Borrell to meet with Vucic and Brnabic on his first visit to Belgrade
High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell will visit Belgrade today in what will be his first official visit to Serbia. The European official will meet with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister Ana Brnabic. Borrell will also meet with representatives of political parties and civil society groups during a two-day visit, as announced by the European External Action Service. Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic will receive Borell at Nikola Tesla Airport, while a meeting with the Serbian President is scheduled for 12.00 (local time) at the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, followed by a press conference. The meeting...
Greece: SYRIZA tables interpellation on the refugee crisis
An interpellation has been tabled in the House on the refugee issue by 64 SΥΡΙΖΑ MPs, who are accusing the government of adopting a far right approach in managing an issue that has caused intolerance and xenophobia, in breach of the rule of law that respects its obligations and treaties. Specifically, the introductory statement of the interpellation by SYRIZA MPs states that "the Government continues to insist on the policy of active and passive deterrence in the refugee issue. It is now clear that humanism, the rights of refugees and local communities, as well as any effectiveness are far from their policies. Moria, with 22,000...
Mitsotakis, Tsipras clash over crisis in Greek football
Prime Minister Kyriacos Mitsotakis and main opposition leader Alexis Tsipras clashed in parliament during a debate of a bilateral agreement with the US on Mutual Defense Cooperation on Thursday evening, over developments in professional football. Mitsotakis called on all Greece’s football club executives and authorities to work with FIFA and UEFA to change the game. “If they don’t collaborate, Greek clubs will be suspended from European competition and their owners will not get any funds from playing in Europe”, he warned feuding club owners. The PM noted that if clubs fails to collaborate to reform the game, “we will be forced to suspend the Super...
Auctions pose threats for citizens and the Government
Thousands of citizens find themselves cornered, as they are facing the possibility of being forced to auction off their residencies because, as the government has made clear, there will be no further measures of primary residence protection after April 30, when the deadline for entering the scheme set by the previous government ends. The above constitutes a major concern, as around 5,000 auctions are already planned for 2020, with banking market players predicting a total of 25,000 by the end of this year. Meanwhile, sources fear that in the next few years the auctioning phenomenon could rise to a total of 180,000. The abolition of...