News archive of January 2018

Colombia: Santos Suspends Peace Talks With ELN After Attacks

BARRANQUILLA, Colombia - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has suspended the ongoing peace talks between his government and the Army of National Liberation (ELN) after a faction of the rebel group claimed responsibility for several attacks that left seven policemen dead in the northern coastal region of the country.

FYROM: Opposition submits 35,000 amendments to language bill

FYROM (Macedonian) Assembly President Talat Xhaferi expects the opposition VMRO-DPMNE to withdraw more than 35,000 amendments that it submitted to the Bill on Language.

Earlier this month, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov refused to sign this bill, that would make Albanian the country's second official language, into law, and sent it back to parliament.

EU "recognizes Serbia's progress"

The European Parliament (EP) president says the message from the EU is that it recognizes the progress Serbia has made.

It is important that Serbia moves closer the EU, Antonio Tajani said in Belgrade on Wednesday.

Tajani arrived here late on Tuesday and today met with Serbian National Assembly President Maja Gojkovic, Tanjug is reporting.

How times have changed

Being among the international elite is both significant and has a certain charm about it.

If someone were to have said that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was going to send a text message to Germany's Social Democratic Party leader Martin Schulz urging him to ignore his left wing and cooperate with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, they would be called mad.

Forging a common front

Recent events commemorating the Holocaust should make us think about the recent re-emergence of anti-Semitism in Greece as well as the rest of Europe. 

The phenomenon is in full swing and must be dealt with effectively. 

‘Shadowless’ by Hasan Ali Toptaş

‘Shadowless’ by Hasan Ali Toptaş, translated by Maureen Freely and John Angliss (Bloomsbury, 305 pages, £17)

Supermarkets expect sales to increase in H1

Supermarket company officials expect sales to rise in the first half of the year, albeit marginally, after statistics showed a considerable decline in November.

Alimos marina draws fleet of bidders

Ten investment groups have expressed an interest in the concession of Alimos marina in southern Athens, including foreign and Greek companies such as Lamda Development, Aktor, Dogus, J&P Avax, Koc Holding, Intracom and Archirodon.

Payment scheme nightmare

More than 1 million Greeks are now trapped in programs to pay off their tax and social security dues in installments, a situation likely to continue for years to come.