Mitsotakis and Anastasiades meet amid Cavusoglu’s unacceptable statements
What was said after the Greek Prime Minister’s meeting with the Cypriot President By Michalis Michael Greece is a staunch supporter and a provider for Cyprus at every step, and most importantly within the EU, since it is ultimately Europe's interests as well that Turkey's stance directly affects, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said today, after welcoming at the Maximos Mansion the President of Cyprus Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, accompanied by the members of the Cypriot delegation. During the meeting held in the Prime Minister's Office in Athens at noon, the Greek Prime Minister, addressing President Anastasiades, stated: "I welcome you to Athens, on a highly...
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is increasing its investments in Greece
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) intends to further increase its investments in Greece, said its President, Sir Suma Chakrabarti, during his meeting in Maximos Mansion with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The prime minister referred to the political stability, the restoration of confidence in the country and the friendly environment created by the government. He expressed the expectation of the EBRD's greater involvement in the recovery of investments and referred to specific projects that the Bank could be involved in. Sir Chakrabarti welcomed the significant improvement in the investment climate in Greece, referring to the Prime Minister's speech at the TIF, but also...
Bulgarian PM: Spread of African Swine Fever a global problem
The spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) is not only a regional but also a global problem, which means huge losses for the countries concerned and which could have a lasting impact not only on a particular sector, but on entire economies and trade partnerships, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov said on September 10. In talks with European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, Borissov said that he considers it extremely important to co-ordinate action in the fight against ASF in Europe. Andriukaitis is in Sofia for a meeting of ministers from the region to discuss the fight against ASF. "In Bulgaria, we...
Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry reports increase in attempts at illegal crossings from Greece
Additional police and gendarmerie teams have been sent to the Bulgarian-Greek border following an increase in attempts by migrants to cross into the country illegally from Greece, Bulgarian Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said. Marinov said that at the moment it would not be necessary to deploy the Bulgarian military to the Greek border. According to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, more than 8000 migrants arrived on Greece's Aegean islands in August, more than double the number in August 2018. Reports on September 10 said that more than 2000 had arrived on the islands from Turkey since September 1. On September 5, Turkish president...
Palmer: Agreement between Belgrade and Pristina is possible
Special U.S. Envoy for the Western Balkan Matthew Palmer stated that he is convinced that agreement between Belgrade and Pristina can be reached. He added that United States would back the Government in Pristina as it is devoted to dialogue, while Russian wants the region based on disorder and mistrust. "One of our primary goals is to support the formation of Kosovo Government that is devoted to dialogue, which means suspending tariffs and returning to the negotiations table", he said in an interview for RTCG. He said that the negotiations should be serious, resulting in a comprehensive agreement on normalization of relations between Belgrade and...
Foreign Ministry of Cyprus: The “consulate” constitutes a serious secessionist move
By Michalis Michael The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus condemns Turkey's stated intention to open a "Consulate General" of the country in Famagusta, noting that this behavior is indicative of an effort by Turkey aimed at provoking new unacceptable fait accompli and to undermine the possibility of a relaunch of the process for the Cyprus issue in the framework of the UN Secretary General's Good Services mission. At the same time, it is underlined that the Republic of Cyprus will continue to take decisive action against Turkey's provocative actions, taking all appropriate measures to prevent them, and to work towards the success of the...
The embarrassment of the government on national issues
It is obvious that the prime minister does not like foreign policy; he prefers the economy and neoliberal conception of economic diplomacy, even with regard to national issues. Indicatively, both during the reading of his programmatic statements and during his presence at the TIF, he avoided talking about national issues, Greek-Turkish relations, Cyprus issue, Macedonian issue. Of course, no matter how hard he tries to avoid national issues, they are in front of him. Today, Nicos Anastasiades is in Athens, while he will meet with Tayyip Erdogan in New York at the end of September. As for the Macedonian issue, he said that he would...
Mitsotakis’ economic plans put to Eurogroup test
At Friday’s Eurogroup meeting Greek Finance Minister Christos Staikouras will have the opportunity to gauge the reaction of Eurozone partners to the policy goals outlined by Prime Minister Kyriacos Mitsotakis at the Thessaloniki International Fair over the weekend. The government will now switch its attention to two distinct targets: implementing the reforms promised by Mitsotakis; and laying the groundwork for the reduction of primary surplus targets from 2021 onward. As far as the implementation of the New Democracy government’s program is concerned, two significant pieces of legislation are expected to be submitted to parliament in coming weeks. The first is a draft bill designed to...
Bulgarian President’s office speaks on explicit photos of girlfriend of Sofia mayoral candidate
More than four days after outrage erupted over the posting on a Bulgarian "media" website of explicit photos of sex acts by the girlfriend of a candidate in the autumn 2019 mayoral elections in Sofia, the office of head of state President Roumen Radev issued a statement on the controversy. The posting by the website "PIK" of the explicit photos led to condemnation by the Association of European Journalists Bulgaria, a number of Bulgarian-language media, and a statement by the Association of Broadcasters, which affirmed journalistic ethics. The Association of European Journalists Bulgaria has called for a boycott by government organisations and private companies of...
Nicos Anastasiades in Athens
Coordination with Greece continues, while Cavusoglu enters Famagusta By Michalis Michael The President of Cyprus Mr. Nicos Anastasiades will travel to Athens tomorrow morning, where he will have a meeting with the Prime Minister of Greece Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the Maximos Mansion. The meeting, which will take place at 12pm, will be followed by a working lunch. The Cypriot President will be accompanied in Athens by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nicos Christodoulides, the Government Spokesman, Mr. Prodromos Prodromou, the Deputy Minister under the President, Mr. Vassilis Palmas, the Ambassador of Cyprus in Greece, Mr. Kyriakos Kenevezos, the Director of the President’s Office...