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In Romania thousands rally against proposal to water down corruption laws

Thousands of people have marched across Romania to protest against plans to reduce the powers of the anti-corruption body. It is the second time this year that attempts to reform graft laws have provoked protests.

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Bulgarian Orthodox Church to hold talks with other Orthodox churches on status of Macedonian church

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s governing body, the Holy Synod, decided on November 27, 2017 to hold talks with the Macedonian Orthodox Church and other Orthodox Christian churches on recognising the neighbouring country’s church as autocephalous and agreeing to be its mother church.

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Romanian NGOs Fear Pressure as New Bill Passes Senate

Romanian NGOs are anticipating heightened political pressure after a ruling Social Democrat Party-backed bill that obliges them to declare their donors twice a year passed the Senate. 

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Bulgaria third from bottom among EU countries in Bertelsmann Foundation’s Social Justice Index

Bulgaria’s overall performance on the Social Justice Index continues to place it among the European Union countries most urgently in need of policy reforms, the Bertelsmann Foundation said.

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Commission concerned over Romanian judicial overhaul

The European Commission asked the Romanian government on Thursday (24 August) for more details about a proposed overhaul of the judiciary, expressing concern it may be a step back in the fight against corruption.

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Macedonia sacks top prosecutor over wiretap scandal

Macedonia's left-wing-led parliament has sacked the country's top prosecutor, Marko Zvrlevski, over his handling of an investigation into a major wiretapping scandal.

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European body backs Greek judges over Turkish officers' extradition

The European Association of Judges (EAJ) has expressed its firm support for Greek judges who ruled against a request from Ankara for the extradition of eight Turkish military officers who fled to Greece last summer following a failed coup in the neighboring country.

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Turkey's Erdogan Extends Emergency Rule

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has formally extended the state of emergency declared after a failed 2016 military coup, saying the decree will remain in place until the country finds "welfare and peace."

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French court decides against extraditing Haradinaj to Serbia

A court in Colmar, France, on 27.04.2017 decided to reject Serbia's request to extradite Ramush Haradinaj on war crimes charges.

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Europe rights court blasts Romania prison conditions

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday (25 April 2017) took Romania to task for its dismal prison conditions, saying they could be considered inhumane and degrading.

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Top court, Council of State have no option but to reject CHP’s appeal: Turkish justice minister

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ has said that Turkey’s Constitutional Court and the Council of State have no option but to reject the main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) appeal to annul the Supreme Election Board’s (YSK) decision that changed the legal criteria of the validity of unsealed ballots on referendum day.

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Bulgarian President Radev address

Radev began his address saying that the March 26 2017 snap parliamentary elections saw an “organised attempt from the outside to influence election results”, thwarted by the “Bulgarian institutions and the wisdom of Bulgarian citizens”.

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“Albania is the main source of marijuana and a transit route for cocaine and heroin to the EU”

The US State Department has published in the recent hours the report on the fight against the production and trafficking of drugs for 2016, where it considers Albania as the main source country for marijuana and a transit route for cocaine and heroin in the EU countries.

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Venice Commission 110th PLENARY - Turkey - Proposed constitutional amendments “dangerous step backwards” for democracy

Venice – The 110th plenary of the Venice Commission on 10/03/2017 has  adopted its Opinion on the constitutional amendments submitted to a national referendum on 16 April 2017. This opinion had been requested by the Monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly. 

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UN report details massive destruction and serious rights violations since July 2015 in southeast Turkey

GENEVA (10 March 2017) – The UN Human Rights Office on Friday published a report detailing allegations of massive destruction, killings and numerous other serious human rights violations committed between July 2015 and December 2016 in southeast Turkey, during Government security operations that have affected more than 30 towns and neighbourhoods and displaced between 355,000 and half a million people, mostly of Kurdish origin.

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