Systematic efforts to derail the Macedonian name deal, combined with increased Ankara-Moscow cooperation, are the main reasons that tensions between Greece and Russia have escalated of late, diplomatic sources told EURACTIV.com. Relations between Athens and Moscow have deteriorated lately, following Greece’s decision on 11 July to expel two Russian diplomats and ban the entry of two others. The Greek government said it had evidence that they tried to undermine the deal recently agreed between Greece and FYROM, which should pave the way for Skopje to join NATO. Athens claims that they were informing Russia for a long time. The Kremlin noted that the United States were behind that move, which, according to Russian ambassador to Athens Andrey Maslov, was “disappointing”. TASS news agency reported on 19 July that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov would cancel a scheduled meeting in Athens in September given the tensions between the two countries. “I think … [Read more...] about Greece-Russia ties shaken, Turkey pulls the strings
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With just a month to go until the snap elections, all political parties are set to finalize their election manifestos, outlining the fundamental political lines they will pursue in the fields of the economy, social issues and foreign policy if elected on June 24. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is putting the final touches to its election manifesto, which will be unveiled on May 24. Still, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s address to ambassadors and representatives of foreign missions in Ankara could give an idea about the main elements of the foreign policy to be pursued after the election if he is re-elected. An important point that Erdoğan underlined is the fact that the world is going through a very challenging and painful process due to problems stemming from “terrorism, violence, racism, discrimination, starvation, poverty, irregular migration, humanitarian crises and natural disasters.” “No one in the world, no matter where they … [Read more...] about Who will pull the strings of Turkish diplomacy after the election?
By John FallonCJ Stander said that it will be a dream come true this evening when he leads Munster out on the pitch where he played as a child in South Africa.Stander was only 12 when he last played at Outeniqua Park in George and never envisaged he would play on his local pitch when he left the Bulls and decided to head to Ireland to further his career.“No, not a chance. When I left I never thought I was going to play in South Africa. I never thought in my life I was going to play in George. That dream was out the door when I left here as a kid.“It’s an unreal opportunity. Somewhere someone is pulling the right strings for me and I can just be thankful for this opportunity,” said Stander, as he looked around the quaint stadium yesterday afternoon during Munster’s captain’s run.The stadium in the middle of the town is expected to be full as the people of George come out not only to support their local side but to welcome home one of their own.This … [Read more...] about ‘Somewhere someone is pulling the right strings for me’: CJ Stander on realising hometown dream
0 Post a comment Sunday, 1 April 2018 - Entertainment by Dylan Davies - Deputy news editor @dylandavies1 [email protected] A NEW album spanning the career of internationally renowned harpist Osian Ellis has been released to celebrate his 90th birthday. Osian, who lives in Pwllheli, is one of Wales’ musical giants.The collection, to be released at the Wales International Harp Festival in April, encompasses over 60 years of performances recorded by him for several recording companies from the 1950s to the present day.He is regarded not only as an international harpist of high acclaim but also as one of the most notable musicians of the 20th century.Born in Flintshire and raised in Denbighshire, Osian started playing the harp at a young age, as a pupil of Alwena Roberts, ‘Telynores Iâl’.At the age of 17 he was awarded the Joseph Parry Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and was later appointed Professor of Harp there, a … [Read more...] about King of harps pulls the strings on new release
Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with Matteo Salvini, general secretary of the far-right party Lega Nord and Giorgia Meloni, leader of right-wing party Fratelli d'Italia, after they signed a c Italy heads to the polls next month to vote in a crowded general election -- against a backdrop of populist gains in Europe --and the shadow of ex-leader Silvio Berlusconi still looms large. A hung parliament is widely expected, with no party looking likely to forge a majority, so a coalition in which the veteran former prime minister acts as "kingmaker" remains a distinct possibility. Following Britain's Brexit vote in 2016 and the rise of the far-right in France, Germany and Austria last year, attention now turns to the populist surge in the eurozone's third largest economy. Italy's ageing population, struggling economy, "brain drain" of skilled young graduates leaving in increasing numbers and the arrival of 630,000 migrants since 2014 have created … [Read more...] about Will Berlusconi pull the strings after Italy election?