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Tsipras, Putin to sign preliminary deal on gas pipeline

 

 

 

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected to sign a preliminary agreement for Greece’s participation in Moscow’s planned extension of the so-called “Turk Stream” gas pipeline through Greek territory during Tsipras’s visit on Thursday and Friday (18-19.06.2015) to Saint Petersburg.

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Romania: Tax Code to be completed in Parliament, needs OK from EC, IMF, WB

 

 

 

The Tax Code could be completed in the Parliament by the end of this month, but it won't be approved without the green light from the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Public Finances Minister Eugen Teodorovici said on Monday (15.06.2015).

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Greece's updated proposals to lenders: The complete document

 

 

 

Kathimerini daily has published the full set of proposals made by a Greek delegation to the country's lenders in Brussels over the weekend (14.06.2015).

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No breakthrough in weekend talks between Greece and lenders

 

 

 

Talks between Greece and its lenders ended with no breakthrough on Sunday (14.06.2015) evening in Brussels, with Thursday’s meeting of eurozone finance ministers now being identified as the next opportunity for an agreement to be reached on the measures needed for Athens to unlock another 7.2 billion euros in bailout funds and avoid a potential default.

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‘Reforms Yet to Pay Off’ in Bosnian Serb Entity

 

 

 

The government of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska is implementing a third round of economic and social reforms, but local businessmen and entrepreneurs still see no positive effects from previous changes.

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Erdoğan meets with Putin in Baku, criticizes EU absence in European Games

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on Saturday in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, where the two leaders attended an inauguration ceremony of the first European Games.

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Greece: Rift would raise debt by 100 bln euros

Virtually all performing loans in Greek lenders’ portfolios have been submitted to the ECB as collateral.

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How will Turkey benefit from lifting of Iran sanctions?

It is widely believed that Turkey will benefit from the lifting of the embargo on Iran as part of the nuclear deal. Turkey’s exports to Iran were severely restricted because of the embargo.

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Russia reviews food sanctions on Cyprus, Greece, and Hungary

The Russian food safety authority, Rosselkhoznadzor, has begun inspections in Greece and Hungary with a view to lifting sanctions, its deputy head Aleksey Alekseenko told Russian media Monday (20.04.2015).

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«Газпром» готов дать Греции гарантии транзита газа

Под них Греция сможет привлекать деньги для строительства газопровода – продолжения «Турецкого потока»

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IMF, EU pour cold water on Greek debt deal hopes

Greece's creditors piled pressure on cash-strapped Athens on Thursday (11.06.2015) as the IMF pulled its team out of talks and the EU warned Athens to stop gambling with the possibility of default and a messy exit from the eurozone.

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Kosovo Offered IMF Deal if it Continues Reforms

The IMF has agreed a 185-million-euro aid package to Kosovo if the government there continues its work on an agreed package of reforms.

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Gazprom in Talks With Serbia on Turkish Stream Pipeline

 

 

 

As the West urges Serbia to reduce its dependence on Russian gas, Russia’s Gazprom says it is still in talks with Serbia on a pipeline to transport Russian gas to the Balkans and Central Europe.

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Montenegro Earns More From Arms Exports

The latest report on the arms trade in Montenegro prepared by a government ministry notes that the value of exports rose significantly in recent years.

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Romania Seeks Partners for Struggling Tarom Airline

Government says it has started negotiations with several companies to buy a stake in the loss-making airline - and is ready to sell a majority stake if the partner is from Europe.

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