Anastasiades: We are making efforts so that International Law prevails
The Government, in cooperation with other countries, is working to ensure that international law, stability and peace in the region prevails, President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said today. In his remarks to reporters, arriving at the Oman Embassy in Nicosia to sign the book of condolences opened for the country's former Sultan, the President was invited to comment on developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Asked how the government acts with other countries to counter these developments, he said that "you are following the actions of the Government, the various meetings, the various tripartite partnerships, the close cooperation with the countries of...
Erdogan: Turkey is determined to stop the ceasefire violation in Idlib
Turkey is determined to stop the efforts by the Syrian regime to violate the ceasefire in the Idlib province, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday. "We are determined to put an end to the regime's efforts to break the ceasefire [in Idlib], if needed. It's not funny. Everyone should see and accept that Turkey is certainly doing what it says", Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the AKP parliamentary group. "I hope the ceasefire will continue", Erdogan said. Noting that the previous ceasefire in Idlib province had been broken by Assad's regime, he said that: "this time, the situation is different". Erdogan stressed that 400,000...
Kosovo fearful of Russian influence
Kosovo's institutions are fearful of Russian influence and the increasing presence of agents of this state throughout the region. A few days ago, Russian journalist Andrey Kondrashov was in attendance, known for his proximity to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kondrashov and a team of 5 people arrived in Kosovo yesterday through the regular Adem Jashari airport with a Schengen visa procedure and allegedly authorized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. They have been detained by Kosovo police for being interviewed about their visit to Kosovo. Andrey Kondrashov has said that the purpose of his visit to Kosovo is to produce a documentary on the meetings...
PM gears up for presidential election
Having tabled a draft bill amending the electoral law in parliament earlier this week, the government is now gearing up for a presidential election, with Prime Minister Kyriacos Mitsotakis thought to have made up his mind on the candidate he will put forth for the top post. Government officials have stated that the Prime Minister will announce his decision after a vote is held in the House on the newly proposed electoral law, one of the government’s key priorities and policy pledges. Ratification of the new bill is expected around 22 January, after which the process to elect a new president of the Hellenic Republic...
Greek economy shows negative signs
The black spots in the Greek economy are multiplying, especially regarding the environment created for the employees following the legislation of the Mitsotakis government. Some macroeconomic data add to show that various issues have emerged. The loss of about 174,000 jobs during the New Democracy leadership is indicative of the deregulation recorded in the labor market, following laws passed by the government. Investments are curtailed Meanwhile, in yet another post-election inconsistency in relation to its pre-election commitments, the New Democracy government slashed public investments, recording a 20-year low during its term. It actually delivered a total of € 750 million less expenditures than in 2018,...
BiH: High representative triggers reactions with comments on Republika Srpska Day
Celebrating the RS Day on 9 January shows clear disregard for the rule of law and open contempt for decisions of the court. The BiH Constitutional Court addressed the compatibility of 9 January as the RS Day with the BiH Constitution and found it unconstitutional, stated international community High Representative to BiH Valentin Inzko. Reiterating that he does not oppose the RS Day as long as it is organized and celebrated in accordance with the existing legal framework, High representative Valentin Inzko noted that “respect for the rule of law is a prerequisite for any modern democracy. Rule of Law is not an a la carte option. Decisions of the BiH Constitutional Court are final and binding and must be respected on the entire territory of BiH.” He further stressed that “commemorating the RS...
Negotiations have begun in Moscow following Putin Erdogan’s initiative on Libya
Turkish Foreign Ministers Mevlut Cavusoglu and Defence Minister Hulusi Akar are in Moscow, where they are engaged in talks with their Russian counterparts Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Shoygu to find a solution to the Libyan crisis. Russian and Turkish officials met in the Russian capital to facilitate talks between Fayez al-Sarraj of the UN-recognized government in Tripoli and Khalifa Haftar. The meeting began with talks between Russian and Turkish officials, Mariya Zaharova, the spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, told reporters. In addition, it was confirmed that Al-Sarraj and Haftar, who will meet with the Russian and Turkish delegations, have arrived in Moscow. "In the...
SYRIZA: There is no room for “bubbles” and fabricated publications in foreign policy matters
The State Department's denial of the pro-government press releases regarding a Pompeo initiative to defuse tensions between Greece and Turkey has promted the strong reaction of main opposition party SYRIZA. "There is no room for “bubbles” and fabricated publications on foreign policy issues", the main opposition said to Kyriakos Mitsotakis in the wake of his return from the US. As SYRIZA points out, this development confirms the assessment of a "fiasco" in his meeting with President Trump and the American leadership. "There is no declared US mediation effort", the foreign minister admitted in a televised interview. According to a report in the daily Kathimerini, the...
President Thaci urges Albin Kurti to form a Government
Kosovo president Hashim Thaci is urging Albin Kurti to form a new government after his party – the Vetevendosje won the October elections. Thaci wrote a letter on Friday to Kurti asking him to act quickly or “make way” for others to form a government, as Kurti is struggling to form a coalition government, despite ongoing talks with the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK). Thaci asked Kurti to inform him whether the Vetevendosje is ready to propose α name for Prime Minister or reject the mandate to form a government, in order, as Thaci says in his letter, “to proceed with giving the mandate to...
Government to table electoral law amendment in parliament
The government is expected to table in parliament a draft-bill amending the electoral law in Greece. Last Friday, the Interior Ministry put the draft bill up for public consultation until Monday. The draft legislation will be tabled in parliament for discussion in the House, with a vote expected by 22 January. Prime Minister Kyriacos Mitsotakis briefed most political party leaders on the content of the new bill in a round of meetings with them on Friday morning. However, following the talks, there very little hope of consensus. Mitsotakis will meet with Communist Party leader Dimitris Koutsoumbas today. The most significant part of the government’s legislation...