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Epirus Broadcasting Service - EPS
« on: June 22, 2016, 03:52:59 AM »
Greek fishing boats detained

In the dead of night the patrol vessels HEMS Drinos and HEMS Megaira came upon three Greek fishing boats well inside Epirote waters. After initially trying to avoid detection by switching off their navigational equipment and trying to get away, two of the boats were caught. The fishing boats and crews were taken to Avlónas and the crews have been handed over to local police for interogation. The 25 crewmembers face possible criminal charges.

The incident has sparked criticism from Greece and the Greek Government has condemned the actions of the Epirote authorities as belligerent and damaging. In turn the Epirote Government has defended its actions as perfectably legitimate.
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2016, 07:33:21 AM »
Captains charged

The two captains of the fishing boats detained on June 22nd will be charged with illegal fishing and resisting arrest according to local police authorities. If found guilty, both face up to 2 years imprisonment. The remaining 23 crew members have been released and allowed return to Greece with the two fishing boats.

The incident has gained widespread media attention, especially in Greece and other neighbouring countries where the actions of the Epirote authorities have been criticized as harsh and too heavy handed. The Greek Government has urged Epirus to release the two captains and drop the charges against them entirely and a minor protest gathered outside the Epirote embassy in Athens where protesters called for the release of the fishermen. So far the Greek requests have fallen on deaf ears.

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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2016, 10:47:39 AM »
Tensions mount in Greece

The political tensions in Greece seems to continue to escalate as regional Governmemts are asserting ever more political independence from Athens, where the Greek Government seems paralyzed and powerless to act. According to unofficial sources several of the regional Governments are in contact with foreign powers. If true the crisis might cause internal conflict within Greece. So far the Epirote Government has denied any claims that Epirus has entered negotiatons with the some of these Greek regional governments. Instead the Epirote Government has pledged to assist Athens, should the Greek Governmemt ask for assistance.

In response to the tensions within Greece and the tensions between Greece and Epirus, the Adriatic Republic has dispatched a naval task force to the Ionian Sea. The Epirote Government has issued a statement asking the Adriatic Republic to respect the sovereignty of Greece to avoid risking increased tensions and instability within the troubled country.
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2016, 10:41:19 AM »
Western Macedonia Requests Aid

The regional Government of Western Macedonia has officially announced that it has requested political and military aid from the Kingdom of Epirus. Prime Minister Alexandros Theotokis has confirmed that Western Macedonia has asked Epirus for assistance. Mr. Theotokis has further stated that the Epirote Government will consider the request and will discuss the issue in Parliament as soon as possible. The Greek Prime Minister has officially condemned what he calls "outright treason" by the regional Government of Western Macedonia, but so far Athens have yet to respond further.

Western Macedonia is just one of several regions that have sought international assistance as the Government in Athens continue to remain paralyzed in the face of growing political instability and the ever growing economic crisis. In southern Greece the situation is equally concerning for Athens as the regional Government of the Peloponnese is rumored to be in negotiations with the Adriatic Republic and is planning to fully secede from Greece. The only region to remain firmly loyal to Athens is the region of Western Greece.

As news of the request from Western Macedonia broke, the nationalist and Panhellenic group, Panhellenic Unity, held a small impromptu protest in central Alexandroúpoli urging the Government to come to the aid of the people of Greece against the "tyrannic Government in Athens, which is in the pocket of international bankers". According to the group's spokesman, Ilias Androutsopoulos, the Epirote Government has a "sacred duty to protect the Greek people" and keep foreign influence out of Greece. The protest was soon met by a counter-protest organized by several left wing groups and police was forced to deploy several hundred officers to prevent a major disturbance.

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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2016, 02:18:08 PM »
Epirote Citizens Urged to Leave Greece

Due to the ongoing crisis in Greece, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has urged all Epirote citizens in the country "whose presence is not essential" to leave and have also urged all citizens to "refrain from travelling to Greece under any circumstances". The Government confirms plans to evacuate temporarily its employees' "families and part of the non-essential staff" as soon as possible.


Adriatic Republic Drastically Increases Military Spending 

Tihomir Tedeschi, the Prime Minister of the Adriatic Republic has announced a drastic 12 % increase in military spending. The bill has already been approved by the Federal Parliament in Zagreb with near unanimous suppport. The only opposition to the bill came from the Communist Party.

The drastic increase in military spending has been met with some concern by the Epirote Government and parties in Parliament. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alexios Boutos, has voiced concerns that the increasing military spending could potentially "spark an arms race in the Balkans, which will only serve to increase tensions in the region". Similar concerns has been voiced by opposition parties and several military and foreign affairs experts. The Socialist Movement has called on the Government to refrain from responding by increasing military expenditure and instead launch talks with the Adriatic Republic to find a common Diplomatic solution, especially regarding the Greek crisis.

The Institute for International Studies, an independent think tank, has voiced concerns that the increased military spending and the crisis in Greece might spark "a minor Cold War in the Balkans between Epirus, the Yugoslav Federation and the Adriatic Republic".

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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2016, 03:45:51 PM »
Western Macedonia Seceedes from Greece

As a result of the continued destabilization of Greece, the regional Government of Western Macedonia has announced its immediate secession from the Hellenic Republic. The decision was reached after a marathon debate in the Western Macedonian regional council which lasted more than 33 hours. The move for secession was spearheaded by the Governor, Stavros Panagoulis. In a later statement to the press, Governor Panagoulis harshly criticized Athens, stating that "Athens has brought about the secession due to its incompetence and mismanagement of the country". Governor Panagoulis, an independent, has long been a very vocal critic of the Greek Government and its handling of the political and financial situation ever since the Financial crisis of 2007–09 hit Greece. Due to his very vocal criticism, Panagoulis has become extremely popular, not least in Western Macedonia. Opposition to secession  was not widespread, but determined. Led by former Governor Kostas Ioannidis, the opposition called for "Greeks to stand united" in the face of the ongoing crisis. 

Immediately following the declaration of secession, the regional council reformed itself as a provisional Parliament. Its fist act was to vote overwhelmingly to seek military and political support from Epirus.

As a result, Prime Minister Alexandros Theotokis called an emergency session of Parliament to vote on whether Epirus should meet the request and provide military assistance. With an solid majority of 121 to 38 in favour, Parliament approved the deployment of troops to Western Macedonia. Both the United Communist Party and the Green Party vote against, while the remaining opposition was found among members of the Socialist Movement. Both the United Communist Party and the Green Party, while supporting the Western Macedonian people and their right to self-determination, condemned military intervention as an act of unprecedented aggression. A nation-wide poll conducted on behalf of EBS shows overwhelming support for the deployment of troops to Western Macedonia.

This morning, Epirote forces proceeded to cross the border into Western Macedonia.

The Greek Government in Athens has vehemently protested the seccession of Western Macedonia and has quickly labelled it unlawful and an act of treason. The Greek Prime Minister has also accused Epirus of "blatant aggression". Whether Athens will respond by deploying troops to the region is not known, but with Epirote forces having already crossed the border, such a move will most likely lead to hostilities.