UK press sceptical over the end of the Greek crisis
The UK media are unanimous in declaring that the end of the Greek crisis exists mainly on paper as they express their scepticism about the countrys present and futureAlthough the British commentators recognise that there are some optimistic signs such as the return to growth the further rise in tourism and the fall in unemployment they note that the heavy public debt load the obligation to achieve high primary surpluses for years to come and nonperforming loans are huge challenges The also particularly stress that things are still hard for the majority of Greeks in their everyday livesThe Times report from Athens that while the austerity marathon is over the pain goes on and on The newspapers correspondent likens Greeks to Pheidippides who died from exhaustion after...
Drive-by shooting without casualties outside the U.S. embassy in Ankara
Dueto time and the Muslim holiday of Eid alAdha theUS mission in Ankara was closed when unknown assailants drove by early this morning firing shotsat the security booth outside the US Embassy building thus there were no injuriesUS officials said no one was hurt whereas theEmbassys spokesman David Gainer thanked Turkish police for their rapid responseAP reported that Ankara governors office said six shots were fired from a moving white car towards the embassy compound at 530 am 230 GMT Three of the bullets hit the gate and a windowThe statement said the investigation was ongoing and the suspect or suspects have not yet been identifiedPresidential spokesman brahim Kaln commented on the incident via Twitter We condemn the attack on the US embassy ...
Exit day for Greece as it leaves the final bailout programme for debt crisis behind
Today we can safely conclude the ESM programme with no more followup rescue programmes as for the first time since early 2010 Greece can stand on its own feetThis was possible thanks to the extraordinary effort of the Greek people the good cooperation with the current Greek government and the support of European partners through loans and debt relief reads a statement byMario Centeno Chairpersonof the ESMs board of governorsHe added that The ultimate goal of the financial assistance plan and reforms in Greece over the past eight years has been to create a new basis for healthy and sustainable growth It took much longer than expected but I believe we are there Greeces economy is growing again there is a budget and trade surplus and unemployment is falling steadily...
OP-ED/From Enver Hoxha to Bill Clinton
By James RobertsonIn February 1998 the Serbian province of Kosovo descended into civil war For two years the Albanian nationalist Kosovo Liberation Army KLA had conducted a lowlevel guerilla campaign against Serbian military police in the province In response Serbian forces gradually escalated their counterinsurgency efforts targeting villages in remote rural regions and along the Albanian borderAs police raids assaults and executions against suspected KLA sympathizers increased support for the oncemarginal guerilla group grewBy summer 1998 the KLA had begun an offensive to seize key territories including the regions of Drenica Dukagjin and Malisheva Militarily the campaign was a disaster and Serbian forces quickly retook the regions driving KLA fighters across...
Romanian Interior Minister presents Expat rally report, USR chairman wants her resignation
On Sunday August 19 and nine days after the violent incidents between the Romanian riot police the gendarmes people who participated in the expat rally August 10 and rioters that took place in the very heart of Bucharest a few metres far from the countrys parliament the Interior MinisterCarmen Dan announced that 21 criminal cases have been opened after the events with three files having unidentified authors as romaniajournalro characteristically reportedLocal Newsrowrote that the report identified five cases of abuses against peaceful protesters with Danapologising to all those who had to suffer following the August 10 eventsShe added that information received from the intelligence services before August 10 had not had not suggested anything abouta crisis situati...
Talks between Kosovo and Serbia heading towards an end
The new round of talks for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is expected to start in SeptemberThese talks are expected to mark the finalization of a long process of negotiations which may lead to a mutual recognition of the two countriesFor both countries the agreement has been imposed as a condition for them to be able to advance in the process of European integrationThe president of Kosovo Hashim Thaci says that the finalization of dialogue with Serbia should lead to a mutual recognition and Kosovos accession in international organizationsDialogue between Kosovo and Serbia including border demarcation should be finalized with mutual recognition and Kosovo accession in the UN and other organizations Any other alternative is absurd presi...
Authorities in Skopje prepare for the referendum
Preparations continue in FYROM ahead of the referendum on the issue of the countrys name scheduled to take place on September 30th Meanwhile the election campaign has not yet fully started due to the summer holidaysThe latest debates between political parties and civil society have been focused on the issue of voters listsBased on a census held in 2002 FYOM has 21 million residents while the number of voters is 18 million CIVIL organization says that the voters list continues to be manipulated due to the large number of fictitious voters This organization also claims that it has received over 50 reports from activists and members of the public indicating that theres a significant number of addresses where there are no residents or votersCIVIL calls on the Mi...
Currency swap agreement signed by the central banks of Qatar and Turkey
Turkeys response to mounting US economic pressures was not only the raising of tariffs on American cars tobacco and alcohol but also a currency swap agreement that thecentral banks of Qatar and Turkey signed in the Qatari capital Dohaafter Qatar pledged 15 billion of investment package in Turkey on Wednesday August 15 2018Qatars bid was an attempt to help Turkish economy stay afloat following the American series of sanctionsSpeaking about his meeting with the Turkish leader that regarded the Qatari investment Sheikh Tamim saidWe stand by our brothers in Turkey that have stood with the issues of the Muslim world and with QatarToday in the framework of important negotiations with His Excellency President Erdogan in Ankara we announced a package of deposits and inv...
Athens-Berlin agreement under which Greece will take back refugees registered there
We have reached an agreement with Greece and the conclusion isimminentWe remain in talks with Italy and these talks have advanced quite a longwayWe assume that an agreementwill also be reached with Italysaid interior ministry spokeswoman Eleonore Petermann at a Berlin presser this Friday August 17Petermann pointed toa last outstanding exchange of agreement letters between Athens and Berlinfor the deal to be formally signedShe said that for the moment she is not in a position to give out more detailsChancellor Angela Merkel had earlier announced that she would engage personally in talks with the Italian government if necessary as euractivcom readsLast week the first migration agreement with Spain came into force It stipulates that Germany can send migra...
Pastor Brunson denied release as Turkish court rejects his appeal again
The American pastor Andrew Brunson will remain under house arrest at his home in Izmir since the3rd High Criminal Court in Izmir rejected the appeal for release filed by him on Friday ordering its continuation as well as that of the banon leaving the countryBrunson is charged with links to terrorism Anadolu reports thatIsmail Cem Halavurt Brunsons lawyer applied to the higher court after the appeal was also rejected by Izmirs 2nd High Criminal Court on WednesdayHis house arrest came as a recent development in view of his health problems afterthecourt allowed him instead of being imprisoned to continue serving his sentenceunder house arrestAndrew Brunson isfacing terrorismrelated charges and is accused of his alleged links with and spying for the Kurdish PKK and ...