The Holy Synod decided the continuation of the State - Church dialogue
On Friday November 16 the Holy Synod of the hierarchy of Greece chaired by the Archbishop of Athens and all of Greece Mr Ieronymos convened in an extraordinary session to discuss the proposal of the Greek Government on the issues of ecclesiastical propertyThe Archbishop informed the hierarchs followed by an exchange of views according to the announcement of the Church of Greece The Holy Synod decided to continue the dialogue with the State to set up a Special Committee to study the issues of common interest in order to submit proposals for approval to the Hierarchy of the Church of Greece Finally the Hierarchy unanimously decided the continuation of the existing salary regime for clergy and public of the Church of GreeceThe decisions of the Hierarchy of the Church of G...
The steps of the Greek government up to December 3
The Greek government has now turned its focus in organizing the positive legislative initiatives that exceed EUR 900 million which will be implemented as of 112019 The EwG yesterday did not object to the Greek budget plan and to the positive recommendation of the Commission giving the green light to the Greek government to go ahead with its plans just as it had prescribed them As it turned out there was no German or Dutch reaction not only giving the Greek side the opportunity to pursue social policy but also without objections that would have plagued the steady progress of the Greek economy translated into increases of Greek bond yieldsRight now the next steps appear typical In the Eurogroup on December 3 the final and official decision on the budget of Greece for 2019 ...
Tsipras and Hollande discuss the challenges of Europe
The Greek Prime Minister met today with former French President Francois Hollande during the visit of the latter to Athens Friends stand together in hard times With this Greek proverb Alexis Tsipras welcomed the former French president at the Maximos Mansion pointing out that he was a real friend of Greece in difficult times referring to the critical moments in 2015 and the important role played by France in order to avoid leading Greece and the Eurozone over the cliffFor his part Francois Hollande spoke of the great pressures that Greece received at the time recognizing the success of the country At that time you had to face a big challenge he said addressing the Greek prime minister pointing out that Greece has succeeded in such a way that today it is not conside...
The escape route of the wanted Gruevski
The pieces of the puzzle of how wanted former Prime Minister of fYROMacedonia Nikola Gruevski fled to Hungary are slowly coming together There are so far two confirmed informationThe Albanian police announced that Gruevski entered the country from FYROMacedonia on Sunday November 11 in the car of the Hungarian embassy in Tirana accompanied by two diplomats from Hungary On the same day he left the country from the border crossing Hani i HotitMurian and entered Montenegro The Montenegrin police confirmed that Gruevski entered the country at 1920 on Sunday night without indicating where he was headingFrom this point on the puzzle is filled with information from the press Valid Pogorica newspaper Vijesti reveals that wanted Gruevski changed car and passengers in Monten...
Germany “not isolated” in criticizing territorial exchanges in the Balkans
There will be no fullfledged Serbian membership in the European Union without recognizing Kosovos independence by Serbia reiterated Peter Beyer member of the German parliament Last month during his visit to Belgrade Beyer said that if Serbia wants to join EU it must recognize Kosovos independenceThe statement got huge publicity in Serbia but in the fresh interview for Deutsche Welle DW Beyer said that it was nothing new That recognizing its independence was actually the precondition for the start of the negotiations he said referring to the accession talks between EU and SerbiaBeyer said that different models could be applied for recognizing Kosovos sovereignty which should occur sooner or laterWhen asked whether he believes that Serbia would ever ...
Le Pen in Sofia: EU is 'biggest enemy of Europe'
Marine Le Pen leader of the French farright party National Rally has told a forum in Bulgarian capital city Sofia that the European Union is the biggest enemy of EuropeLe Pen was speaking on November 16 at a meeting of the Europe of Nations and Freedom Group the smallest group in the European Parliament held to prepare a shared strategy for the 2019 European Parliament electionsThe Sofia meeting was hosted by Vesselin Mareshki and his populist Volya party the smallest group in the 240seat National Assembly with 12 MPsLe Pen described Brexit as an example of what could happen if Europe did not consider matters carefullyShe said that the world was at the end of a cycle that had been a period of wild globalisation She said that change could not be stopped with ...
ExxonMobil's drilling has began
On Thursday November 15 Exxon Mobil began its drilling at the Delphini site with the Stena Ice Max drilling machine The drilling rig is accompanied by supporting ships that arrived at the port of Limassol while US warships are also in the areaUS Secretary of State for Energy Resources Fransis Fannon who is in Cyprus at his meeting with the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Cyprus Yiorgos Lakkotrypis reiterated the position of the US on recognizing the right of the Republic of Cyprus to develop its natural wealthImmediately after the meeting Lakkotrypis spoke of a productive talk stressing that a common goal with the US is the effective development of natural resources in the Eastern MediterraneanFrancis Fannon noted that the US sees prospects in the energy se...
Protests without effect: Croatia to build nuclear waste landfill at the border with BiH
Despite the protests from Bosnia and Herzegovina the citizens of the cities on the river Una and environment protection activists the Croatian government decided to build the nuclear waste landfill on Trgovska Gora near the border line with BiHThere is still no serious reaction from BiH or at least the Republika Srpska entity institutions on the decision which means that the landfill would be just a few hundred meters far from the borderline and the nearest city in BiH Novi Grad former Bosanski Novi The landfill is also near the Una River one of the most beautiful and cleanest rivers in this part of Europe Against this location are also the citizens of the Dvor na Uni the Croatian city nearest to the location The Croatian government in the decision said that after t...
“Day One” for ExxonMobil drilling rig off Cyprus
The drilling rig of US firm ExxonMobilQatar Petroleum got to work in block 10 of the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone EEZ according to the countrys Minister of Energy Giorgos LaktotropisThe Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Energy Resources ENR at the US Department of State Francis Fannon who is in Cyprus as part of his tour of the Eastern Mediterranean region particularly Israel and Egypt reiterated the US standing position that it recognizes the right of the Republic of Cyprus to develop its natural wealthNicosia sees particular significance and importance in the US officials statement as it came just hours after the threats voiced by Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Dnmez who made it clear that Turkey would declare the permits issued by Cyprus for drilling f...
EU and US react on Gruevski’s escape
The European Union does not wish to interfere in the case of former Prime Minister of FYROM Nikola Gruevski and his political asylum application in Hungary The European Commissions spokesperson Maja Kocijancic said that if Hungary an EU member country approves this asylum request then the EU will respect this decision According to Kocijancic this case should not be politicizedMeanwhile the US State Department says that Gruevski should suffer his sentence in FYROMWe believe that the whole process should take place in Macedonia the US State Department said stating that they believe that Hungary will back the efforts made by the US to fight corruption and organized crime and that it will not offer refuge to former Prime Minister Gruevski Former Prime Minister Nikola Gr...