Archive for February, 2012

US ambassador to Skopje says name must be solved before joining NATO

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Comments Off

“The US position about Macedonia’s NATO membership remains unchanged. We want to see the country become a member of the Alliance but it has to solve the name issue,” said US Ambassador to Skopje Paul Wohlers. In Wohlers’ words, the US would not raise the initiative for Macedonia’s membership at the Chicago summit of the […]

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Serbian nationaists gather 200,000 signatures against EU integration

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Comments Off

The Serbian Radical Party has announced that it will struggle with all means against Serbia’s EU bid. On Wednesday the party submitted a petition of about 200,000 signatures against

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Serbia stressed it won’t accept impossible demands

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Comments Off

Serbian President Boris Tadić said Tuesday night that the EU accession was a complex process during which every EU member state could impose its own condition. He stressed, however, that Serbia would not agree to

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Decision on Serbia’s EU candidate status to be taken on March 1-2

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Comments Off

After EU ministers’ recommendation to grant Serbia the candidate status, the final decision will be made by EU heads of state and prime ministers on March 1-2, After a several-hour long meeting, the EU member

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Georgia to scrap visas for Russian citizens

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Comments Off

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has said on Wednesday that he wants to scrap visa requirements for Russians. “Let every Russian citizen know that they can come to Georgia without a visa, do business here, spend holidays in our resorts, see their friends and relatives,” he said. Bilateral visa restrictions were imposed in 2000 but Georgia […]

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Greek parliament approved pension cuts

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Comments Off

The Greek parliament has approved more cuts in public spending to meet the terms of a second European Union-led bailout deal. The measures will reduce

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EC releases report on justice for Bulgaria

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Comments Off

On Tuesday, the General Affairs Council today adopted its conclusions

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Romania adopts lustration law after 22 years

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Comments Off

Twenty-two years after the fall of Communism, Romania’s parliament completes adoption of a lustration law. Romania’s lower chamber of parliament, the Camera Deputatilor, on

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EP president Schulz will address Greek parliament

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Comments Off

EP president Martin Schulz will express the European Parliament’s solidarity with the Greek people when he addresses the national parliament this evening. Today he is on his first official visit to Athens, where he will meet the country’s political leaders. Mr Schulz will be meeting president Karolos Papoulias, prime minister Loukas Papademos and the leaders […]

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Greek Cypriot Leader says it will continue talks with Turkish part after taking EU presidency

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Comments Off

Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias has told the United Nations and other international actors that his government was ready to continue talks with the Turkish Cypriots on reunification of the island after

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Greek parliament to vote on austerity measures

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Comments Off

Greek lawmakers are to vote on a package of tough salary and pension cuts Tuesday as part of measures needed to secure the payout of the debt-ridden country’s second international package of bailout loans. Greek Cabinet ministers were also

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Belgrade would continue Pristina dialogue after elections

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Comments Off

If EU facilitator Robert Cooper proposes to resume the Kosovo talks after elections in Serbia, Belgrade will accept that, negotiator Borislav Stefanović says. “We will definitely consult with Cooper and if that is

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Skopje to open files of secret security agents

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Comments Off

The adoption of the EU resolution on Macedonia’s progress for 2011 will open the dossiers of the secret services, since the report of MEP Richard Howitt envisages continuation of the lustration process with the possibility of public declassification of the archives. The report calls for the authorities to announce the names of the agents with […]

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EU will monitor pre-election in Georgia

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Comments Off

The EU acknowledges the European choice of Georgia. It welcomes the efforts to conduct reforms and underlines the great importance of fair parliamentary and presidential elections. It declares that it will closely monitor the events in the country during the pre-election period, the EU

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Germany approved second bailout package for Greece

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Comments Off

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany kept her strategy for attacking Greece’s debt problems on track with a victory in Parliament yesterday but won the vote only with the help of opposition parties. Without votes from the Social Democrats and the

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Bulgaria to host UN Forum on Syria

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Comments Off

Bulgaria probably will host one of the meetings on the humanitarian aspects of the crisis in Syria in April, being co-organized by the United Nations, Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov has announced. Mladenov made the announcement Monday in Brussels where he was taking part in a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council. He added […]

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Kosovo nationalists protest against Serbian agreement

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Comments Off

At an opposition protest on Monday Vevendosje leader Albin Kurti pledged to organize rolling demonstrations, demanding the government’s resignation over the deal with Serbia. Several hundred opposition activists demonstrated in Kosovo’s

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Was Imperialism the “Belle Epoque” of Globalization?

Monday, February 27, 2012 Comments Off

General Notions The imperialistic ideas of the 19th century might in many ways be interpreted as Universalist, from the notion of the civilizing mission of the white man to the “transplantation” of political systems to the colonized areas. But was imperialism truly globalizing and was the age of imperialism really the beautiful era – the […]

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Serbia to start accession talks with EU soon

Monday, February 27, 2012 Comments Off

Brussels diplomats say Serbia will soon start accession talks with EU. Jelko Kacin, the EU Parliament Rapporteur for Serbia, said that

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Serbia: elections will be called on March 13

Monday, February 27, 2012 Comments Off

Serbian Parliament Speaker Slavica Đukić-Dejanović said on Monday that parliamentary and local elections in the country would be called on March 13. “We will call elections in the whole country, but they will not be general local

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EC warn Bulgaria, Romania about Directives of Third Energy Package

Monday, February 27, 2012 Comments Off

Opening energy markets for competition is key to competitiveness of the EU economy as a whole. An efficient, interconnected and transparent European internal energy market will also offer consumers a choice between different companies supplying gas and electricity and will make the market accessible to all suppliers, the EC press service announced.

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European Trade Commissioner visits Moldova

Monday, February 27, 2012 Comments Off

European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht is to arrive on a visit to Moldova on Monday. It is expected that the visit will launch negotiations on Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas. The Commissioner is to meet with acting President Marian Lupu and Prime Minister Vlad Filat. The meetings will launch the negotiations on Deep […]

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EU foreign ministers approved candidate status for Serbia

Monday, February 27, 2012 Comments Off

EU foreign ministers on Monday approved a first key step in Serbia’s bid to join the European Union, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said. “There was an agreement today,” Juppe told journalists during a break in ministerial talks in Brussels.

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EU to celebrate Bulgaria’s National Day on March 3

Monday, February 27, 2012 Comments Off

On Wednesday, an event entitled “Bulgaria: Land of Spirit and Letters” will take place at the European Parliament Yehudi Menuhin Space, including the performance of young musicians from Bulgaria and young musicians with Bulgarian roots from Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia and Macedonia.

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Serbian President visits Brussels

Monday, February 27, 2012 Comments Off

Serbian President Boris Tadić will be paying a visit to Brussels on Monday and Tuesday for meetings with EU officials. EU foreign ministers are to gather today within the External Relations Council in Brussels. The ministers will only

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Serbia will most likely get EU candidate status

Monday, February 27, 2012 Comments Off

Tuesday is an important day for Serbia, when the country hopes EU foreign ministers will give a green light to their obtaining candidate status following the conclusion of a key agreement with Kosovo. Serbia is hoping for an historic “Yes” on Tuesday when EU foreign ministers meet to decide whether to grant it EU candidate […]

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Angela Merkel says Greece needs to respect deal conditions

Friday, February 24, 2012 Comments Off

German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker in saying Friday that Greece would only receive a 130-billion-euro (174.4-billion-dollar) bailout after it meets a tough round of conditions. Speaking days before a summit

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OSCE Economic Forum to be held in May in Georgia

Friday, February 24, 2012 Comments Off

The OSCE Economic Forum will be held in Batumi in May. An agreement was reached at OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Petros Efthymiou’s meeting with the Georgian parliamentary delegation in Vienna. Efthymiou told journalists on Friday that together with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili he visited Batumi. The forum will be attended by delegations from 50 countries, […]

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Belgrade and Pristina reach agreement on regional representation

Friday, February 24, 2012 Comments Off

Three days of intense talks between Belgrade and Pristina finally yield result with agreement on Kosovo’s representation at regional meetings. Kosovo and Serbia appear finally to have agreed a

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EU advised Serbia not to hold elections in Kosovo

Friday, February 24, 2012 Comments Off

The Belgrade authorities have been advised not to organize local elections in Kosovo. The EU member states who have recognized Kosovo’s unilaterally declared independence, advocate against

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Serbian Defense Minister says EU integration is not vital

Friday, February 24, 2012 Comments Off

The decision on the EU candidate status will not be vital for Serbia’s fate, Serbian Defense Minister Dragan Šutanovac has said. He said: “It will not be the end of the world if it is to be postponed once again, because that would not mean that reforms are not being carried out.” Sutanovac said he […]

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Bosnian Serb ministers reject visas for Kosovars

Friday, February 24, 2012 Comments Off

Serbian ministers in new government quash talk of giving Kosovars right to visit Bosnia. Ministers of Bosnia’s two main Serbian parties, the Alliance

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Bulgaria supports Serbia’s EU integration

Friday, February 24, 2012 Comments Off

Bulgaria declared Thursday its support for granting Serbia an official EU candidate member statute. The country followed in the footsteps of France, Italy and Austria, who made similar moves earlier during the day. The support was voiced by Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Minister, Nikolay Mladenov: “Bulgaria endorses Serbia for receiving

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Austria, France and Italy issued joint plea to open the EU door for Serbia

Thursday, February 23, 2012 Comments Off

Austria, France and Italy have issued a joint plea to open the EU door to Serbia at a summit next week. In a note Wednesday to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, foreign ministers from the three

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Five Russian Tu-22 bombers passed close by over the Black Sea on Wednesday

Thursday, February 23, 2012 Comments Off

Five Russian strategic bombers have raised alert with the Bulgarian and Turkish Air Forces after flying close by over the Black Sea on Wednesday. The five Russian Tu-22 bombers were detected right

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