Turning the Tables
The unexpected victory of Zoran Milanovic in the Presidential elections, the second round of which was concluded on January 5, has turned the tables on Croatian politics. The country is now braced for a period of strained cohabitation between President-elect Milanovic from the opposition SDP and the HDZ-led government of Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.
The prime minister's decision to nominate Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou to serve as President of the Hellenic Republic did not startle those in the know.
For months most had known that Mr. Mitsotakis had singled out the chief justice of the Council of State and had included her in the pool of candidates for the highest office in the land.
The U.S. and China signed a "phase one" trade deal on Jan. 15 that marks a major milestone in the more than two-year trade war between the world's top two economies.
The agreement was signed by U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He during a White House ceremony attended by droves of government officials and business leaders.
Chairman of the Alliance of Democrats and Liberals (ALDE) Calin Popescu-Tariceanu believes that the Liberal movement in Romania can be strengthened in the future, emphasizing that in the 30 years since the recreation of the National Liberal Party (PNL) he has done everything in his power to stay true to the liberal ideas.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis seeks consensus on major issues, especially those that concern foreign policy, his office said Friday after the completion of a series of meetings with the leaders of opposition parties during which he briefed them on the results of his visit to the United States, where mounting tension with Turkey topped the agenda.
"This will virtually 'refresh' almost all of our country's diplomatic and consular network, as a dozen ambassadors and general consuls have already been 'replaced' last year. Our country currently has embassies in 69 countries and seven permanent missions to international organizations", "Novosti" reminds in its Friday issue.