The EU has once again urged Macedonia to let Albanian parties join a new government and to stop “playing with fire” on ethnic hate speech. Nikola Gruevski said over the weekend: “We are left alone to defend the country. The people will have to defend the country”. Source: EUobserver
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Foreign holdings of German government bonds have fallen to their lowest since before the financial crisis in 2008, data suggests, a potential headache for the European Central Bank which buys the bulk of assets for its stimulus scheme from among the debt. Source Reuters
According to Bild, the field officer said during a seminar on May 12th that: “I’m fed up that 200,000 soldiers have been placed under general suspicion because of two crazy guys. The Defence Minister has lost all credibility for me – we need to address that or have a putsch.” Source The Local
Euro-zone finance ministers failed to break an impasse on debt relief for Greece, delaying the completion of the country’s bailout review and the disbursement of about €7 billion euro in loans. The IMF sought more debt relief for the country, pushing euro-zone creditors to ensure the sustainability of Greece’s €315 billion of obligations. Source Irish Times