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European Court of Human Rigths ECHR 196 (2018) 31.05.2018

Romania committed several rights violations due to its complicity in CIA secret detainee programme.

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Serbian citizens not ready for personal sacrifice over Kosovo

Many Serbians see Kosovo’s independence as a realistic option, according to a new survey. A majority are also not ready to make any personal sacrifices to regain control over the former Serbian province, whose independence Belgrade refuses to recognise, and are much more preoccupied with economic issues instead.

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22 April 2018, Press Release Regarding 2017 Human Rights Report of the US Department of State

Turkey resolutely maintains its commitment to the principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law while intensively struggling against diverse and severe terrorist threats.

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US Department of State. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 (Bellow country reports for Balkan states)

We are a nation founded on the belief that every person is endowed with inalienable rights. Promoting and defending these rights is central to who we are as a country.

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Turkey Wants to Veto Civil Society Organizations at the OSCE

A September (2018) meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is being held up by Turkey, which wants to be able to stop specific civil society groups from participating in the annual event.

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Kosovo officials: Association only according to the Constitutional Court’s decision

National Coordinator for State Reforms, Besnik Tahiri, has asked the state reform be courageous, long-term and strategic.

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Population of Bulgaria shrunk by more than 410 000 between 2007 and 2017

As of December 31 2017, the population of Bulgaria was 7 050 034, a drop of close to 52 000 compared with 2016, according to figures released on April 12 by the National Statistical Institute (NSI).

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Greek appeals court rejects Turkey’s request for extradition of eight soldiers

A Greek appeals court on March 16, 2018 rejected a Turkish demand for the handover of eight Turkish soldiers accused of having a direct role in Turkey’s July 2016 coup attempt.

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Turkish court rejects lawyers’ request to release two Greek soldiers

A Turkish court on March 5, 2018 rejected a request to release two Greek soldiers, who were detained “after crossing the Turkish border during bad weather,” private broadcaster CNN Türk and other local media have reported.

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Greek business chief: Novartis scandal must be dealt with quickly to avoid ‘social eruption’

The Novartis scandal in Greece exists and the people responsible for it should be dealt with quickly in order to avoid a “social eruption”, Greek business leader Konstantinos Michalos told EURACTIV.com in an interview on 26.02.2018.

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Romanian minister calls for prosecutor’s sacking, graft crackdown under threat

Romania’s Justice Minister called on 22.02.2018 for the country’s chief anti-corruption prosecutor to be dismissed for “excess of authority”, triggering street protests and potentially destabilising a crackdown on graft.

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Turkish FM signals citizenship to be granted to all Ottoman dynasty members

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu signaled on Feb. 11, 2018  that Turkish citizenship will be provided to all overseas members of the Ottoman dynasty at a meeting in Istanbul, one day after events held to mark the centenary of the death of Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II.

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Erdogan hits the bottle

Under Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has its roots in political Islam, taxes on alcohol sales have skyrocketed.

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Turkish government stops relocating Syrians to Istanbul

The Turkish government has stopped registering and relocating Syrians in Istanbul due to the increasing population, the Interior Ministry has told daily Hürriyet. 

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MEPs grill Romania’s government in absentia

Procedural problems prevented Romanian Justice Minister Tudorel Toader from addressing the European Parliament’s plenary session on Wednesday (7 February 2018) and explaining the government’s current judiciary reforms, which many MEPs see as a threat to the rule of law.

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