Mitsotakis met with the Ecumenical Patriarch
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had the opportunity to meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Tuesday morning in Abu Dhabi. The Ecumenical Patriarch is in the United Arab Emirates capital on the occasion of the “Human Fraternity” event on the importance of promoting interfaith dialogue, tolerance and harmonious coexistence of religions. "Very nice coincidence", the Prime Minister told the Ecumenical Patriarch at their meeting. “We are very happy about the coincidence and the good times. If God wills it, in May I will come to Athens", Mr. Bartholomew said, adding: "We arrived last night; it is an open city, liberal". The Greek Prime Minister and...
The priorities of Kurti’s Administration
With 66 votes, Kosovo's parliament approved the coalition government between the Self-Determination Movement and the Democratic League of Kosovo. The new government will be led by Prime Minister Albin Kurti, leader of the Vetevendosje movement, which won last year's October 6th parliamentary elections. Introducing the program and composition of his cabinet, Mr. Kurti said, among other things, that the priorities of his government will be development and employment and that the country's budget would reach 3 billion euros. He said foreign security will also be a government priority, along with preparations for NATO membership. Mr Kurti said no one will be above the state and...
BiH Presidency members met with deputy USAID director Bonnie Glick
BiH Presidency members and deputy USAID director Bonnie Glick said at a meeting on Monday in Sarajevo that it is necessary to implement the Strategy of the Fight against Human Trafficking at the level of BiH. She added that this is a very important field in which BiH should improve its cooperation with USAID. It was stressed at the meeting that the USAID expects the BiH authorities to make additional efforts to remain in the Tier 2 category and that the transfer to the Tier 3 category would mean interruption of international aid from the USAID, is mentioned in a statement from the BiH Presidency....
Violence breaks out on island of Lesvos as migrants stage protest
Violence broke out on the island of Lesvos on Monday as migrants and refugees being accommodated on the island protested the circumstances in which they are residing in Greece. About 2.000 asylum seekers complained about their stay over two months at camps in Moria and Kara Tepe. The protestors lit fires and blocked off roads, while police forces tried to break up their march using tear gas. The protest caused the reaction of local residents who took to the streets to show their disgruntlement, while later on Monday evening, furious residents visited the Moria town hall to complain. According to local reports, the regional governor...
Serbia: Main opposition officially kicks off boycott against the elections
The Alliance for Serbia and PSG held a rally in Kombank Hall, where they signed a joint document officially launching the boycott of the elections. Party of Freedom and Justice leader Dragan Đilas said part of the main opposition had yet to come up with a decision regarding the boycotting of the elections, but that this was what it meant to "listen to your people". "We promise that we will fight for fair elections and for a change of system; that the best will be in their rightful place, regardless of their affiliation to a political party - that is our duty", Đilas stated addressing the...
IMAS Institute poll shows PNL at 47,4%
The PNL Liberal Party continues to gain ground in opinion polls. According to a Gallup poll by the IMAS Institute, conducted in January on behalf of Europa FM Radio, if parliamentary elections were to be held next Sunday, 47.4% of Romanians exercising their right to vote would vote for PNL (an almost 2,5 percentage points rise compared to the corresponding December poll). 20.6% would vote for PSD (+ 2%), 12.4% for USR (+ 1%) and 3.4% for its political partner, PLUS (unchanged from December). UDMR would receive 4.7% of the votes (-0.3%), PMP 1.8% (-1.2%) and ALDE 3.2%. The biggest drop in voter preferences is...
Mitsotakis holds contacts in Saudi Arabia amidst positive climate
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis wrapped up his visit to Saudi Arabia and left late on Monday for Abu Dhabi, where he will have a series of contacts. During his stay in Riyadh, Kyriakos Mitsotakis had a working lunch with the King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. According to Greek delegation sources, during the meeting concerns were expressed over developments in the wider region, while the fact that the Greece-Saudi Arabia co-operation contributed to stability was also underlined. The common understanding on a number of issues of regional interest was also highlighted. The two sides, the same sources continue, confirmed that today's...
Kosovo’s Parliament elects Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti as Prime Minister
The Kosovo Parliament elected Albin Kurti as premier, heading a coalition government between his left wing Vetevendosje and the centre-right LDK. Kurti was elected with 66 votes in favour and ten abstentions. The opposition parties of PDK and AAK walked out of the Assembly session at the moment of the voting. Albin Kurti has made a proposal to have a Cabinet with 15 ministries, two deputy prime ministers and 33 deputy ministers. Albin Kurti’s Cabinet: Anton Quni – Minister of Defence Lumir Abdixhiku – Minister of Infrastructure Besian Mustafa – Minister of Agriculture Hykmete Bajrami –  Minister of Education Agim Veliu –  Minister of Internal...
Idlib backs Erdogan into a corner
Things are heating up in Idlib with Turkey going face to face with Russia, as 8 soldiers were killed and 6 were injured by artillery fire from Syrian government troops. According to reports, Assad's forces attacked a convoy of the Turkish army which had arrived to back forces in the area fighting with the Syrian army. The Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet reports that on Sunday night, 200 armored vehicles of the Turkish army including tanks crossed the border into Idlib. Turkish forces fired back and destroyed targets. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at least 40 people from the Syrian government forces had been killed. Moscow backed Damascus,...
Refugees and immigrants protest in Lesvos and violence erupts
SYRIZA: The Government is the only one to blame - Mitarakis: possible incitement The Government's clash with SYRIZA has gone through the roof in the wake of a refugee and migrant protest organized in Lesvos, that resulted in violent conflict and the police responding with teargas outside the Reception and Identification Center in Moria. During the fights, fires burst across Mytilene that were extinguished. These developments unfold just a few days after the controversy over the decision of the Mitsotakis Government to install a 2.7km-long floating barrier in Lesvos. The main opposition speaks of complete lack of responsibility that embarrasses Greece abroad, with the competent...