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Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks exclusively to IBNA
With the EU we are ready for dialogue and engagement But it has to be reasonable sincere and also genuine And with the EU we might have differences but the EU must see us as an equal partner There are a lot of challenges and these challenges need a common response and good cooperation We are ready but the EU has to decide whether they are ready or notIBNA...
Albania elects its new President
Ilir Meta current Speaker of Parliament and leader of the Socialist Movement for Integration has been elected today as the new President of AlbaniaIn his speech after the election Meta appealed for more responsibility in these decisive days for democracy urging all sides to do everything in order for all political parties to participate in the electionsMeta said that theres still time to prevent a second Macedonia in Albania because people have the right to live freely in a democratic country...
BiH weapons smuggled in EU
During the international operation codenamed Balkan Trigger II police in several European countries seized more than 320 pieces of firearms including grenade launchers and automatic weapons Also more than 19 000 pieces of ammunition and more than 50 different explosive devices were found and seizedIn the operation which was realized from 6 to 8 April under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Interpol were involved 23 countries of the European Union and the Western Balkans and 7 850 police office...
Serbia gets US financial aid for reforms
Serbia will receive an additional 91 million US dollars from the United States as assistance for the countrys reforms of the public administration and for making the economy more competitive The respective agreements were signed in Belgrade today by Serbian minister in charge for the European affairs Jadranka Joksimovic US ambassador Kyle R Scott and a representative of the USAIDWe have got 91 million dollars irrevocable assistance from the USAID and it is a really important moment to say that the US d...
Nikos Kotzias in Valletta to participate in “Gymnich”
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Nikos Kotzias will take part in the Informal Meeting of EU Foreign Ministers Gymnich on Friday April 28 in VallettaDevelopments in Turkey and EU Turkey relations will be on the agenda while during the working lunch that will follow ministers will exchange views on globalization and modern challenges Finally the implementation of the EUs Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy will be discussedSpecifically the debate on Turkey will focus on the condi...
Protesters set up tents in front of Parliament
Tens of protesters in Skopje have spent last night in tents which they set up in front of Parliament Meanwhile riot police have taken the Parliaments premises under control following last nights violence where 4 MPs and around 100 protesters remained wounded According to the ministry of Interior situation in Skopje is calm This morning Prosecution declared that it is following the events relating to last nights violence in Parliament and has taken measures to shed light on themMinister of Interior ad...
Survey: Bulgarian business climate improved slightly in April 2017
April 2017 saw a slightly improved opinion of the business climate in Bulgaria bolstered by more positive opinions among managers in the construction and retail tradesCiting the results of the regular monthly survey the National Statistical Institute NSI said that in April 2017 the total business climate indicator increased by 07 percentage points compared MarchIn industry the indicator was largely unchanged compared with March the NSI saidThe poll found an improvement of expectations about o...
IBNA Interview/Serwer: There will not be a war in the Balkans
In a short interview for IBNA news agency the American analyst Daniel Serwer who is also a professor in the John Hopkins University talks about the process of the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia and the strategy for the enlargement of the EU in relation to Kosovo the influence of the US president Donald Trump in the region and recent tensions in the Balkan regionIBNAHow do you assess the process of normalizing talks between Kosovo and SerbiaI think the results have been good Th...
President Ivanov calls for return to calm
President Gjorge Ivanov called for a return to calm and order after the Parliament was stormed on Thursday afternoon The President summoned all political leaders to his office on Friday to discuss the new situation and to return stabilityAccording to Ivanov the rules of Parliament were violated when SDSM and several of its coalition allies staged a vote for a new Parliament SpeakerI call on the public to remain calm and not fall under the influence of false news and manipulations I urge a reductio...
Greece, creditors working towards bailout program review conclusion by Sunday
A Greek Finance Ministry official revealed after the conclusion of Thursdays meeting between government officials and the creditors mission heads that minor details remain in order for an agreement to be reachedThe Finance Ministry official said We want to conclude the talks by Sunday There arent any major issues We have resolved the seven to eight big issues that were open and some minor issues are now left The same source said open issues concern privatizations financial sector reforms and changes ...