News archive of August 2018

ECHR Chides Albania's 'Inappropriate' Attempt to Sway Ruling

The European Court of Human Rights has criticised the Albanian government's "inappropriate approach" in 2014, when it tried convince the court to adjourn its examination of cases concerning the restitution of property seized under the Communist regime.

The court emphasized that both Albania's official and non-official attempts to influence the court had been rebuffed.

Amnesty not on AKP's agenda: Spokesperson

Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesperson Ömer Çelik has said "amnesty is not on the immediate agenda" of the ruling party, after the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) drafted a proposal to introduce amnesty for certain convicts.

European security

German Chancellor Angela Merkel caused a stir in May when she said: "It's no longer the case that the United States will simply just protect us. Rather, Europe needs to take its fate into its own hands. That's the task for the future."

Police identify leading Rouvikonas member involved in Foreign Ministry assault

Authorities said on Thursday that they have identified a leading member of the Rouvikonas anti-establishment group who entered the premises last Tuesday of the Foreign Ministry building in Athens.

Police said they found the suspect's motorbike near the building and identified him as the author of a threatening statement posted by the group after the assault. 

Dacic: Pristina has lost international support

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic said this for the Blic newspaper and added it was the proof things had changed and in Serbia's favour too.

"We are still facing a great struggle and from those who need to be persuaded further, Germany is the most important," Dacic added.

Radovan Karadzic’s Ex-Adviser Convicted of Wartime Crimes

Jovan Tintor, a former adviser to Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, was convicted of being responsible for the unlawful detentions and abuse of Bosniak and Croat prisoners in the Vogosca area in 1992.

CHP's in-house debate deepens over İnce, Kılıçdaroğlu row

The in-house debate in the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) continues over the dissident's demand to change the party administration as the CHP leader voiced his criticism to Muharrem İnce, who has lead the dissidents following his presidential candidacy. 

Kosovo Leaders Hail EP Vote on Visa Liberalisation

In a landmark development for Kosovo, the European Parliament's Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, LIBE, on Thursday voted decisively in favour of Kosovo having a visa-free regime with the European Union's passport-free Schengen area.

Thirty members of the committee voted in favour, ten against and two abstained.