The Portuguese Presidency of the Council and EP representatives reached a provisional agreement on new rules for the entry and residence of highly skilled workers from outside the EU under the revised Blue Card Directive. This EU-wide admission system aims to attract and retain highly qualified specialists, mainly in sectors facing skills shortages.
A video showing the newly elected President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani referring to FYROM as “Macedonia”, has caused a backlash in Greece. The Italian politician went a step further by dubbing the citizens of FYROM descendants of Alexander the Great during a visit in the country’s capital Skopje, in February in his capacity as European Commissioner.
While talks with Greece’s creditors on the second review of the bailout program have reached a critical phase, with the IMF embroiled in disagreements with both the its European partners and Greece, PM Alexis Tsipras is scheduled to depart for Brussels on Wednesday to take part in Thursday’s EU Summit.
The refugee crisis and foreclosures were linked by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in a press conference following his meeting with EP President Martin Schulz on Wednesday. “If we are forced to offer shelter, even temporarily for refugees, then it cannot be possible for us to insist on foreclosures for primary residences in Greece,” he stressed.
The appointment of ANEL (Independent Greeks party) MP Dimitris Kammenos as Deputy Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks by PM Alexis Tsipras has caused an uproar in the Greek political scene, which spread to social media, as the right-wing populist politician is associated with circulating anti-Semitic comments and conspiracy theories.