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Macedonian Collaborator Hunters Eye Secret Serbian Files

 

 

 

Macedonia’s Lustration Commission, which investigates suspected collaborators with the former communist regime, now hopes to gain access to classified Yugoslav files stored in Serbia.

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Romania has contingency plan for Russian attack

 

 

 

Romanian president Trajan Basescu has said NATO has a contingency plan for the "0.01 percent" chance that Russia will one day attack his country.

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Turkey plus six EU countries join group to 'destroy' Islamic State

 

 

 

Six EU countries have joined a US-led coalition to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State [IS] in Iraq and Syria.

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Kosovo Negotiators Hobbled by Strife at Home

 

 

 

Kosovo’s representatives in talks with Serbia do not have the mandate to reach agreements because Pristina still has no government three months after national elections, analysts say.

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NATO Leaders Pledge Support for Montenegro

 

 

 

NATO leaders agreed at their summit in Wales to open intensified talks on Montenegro’s candidacy, leaving Podgorica hoping for membership by the end of next year.

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President Basescu comments after Newport Summit: Black Sea to become NATO lake

 

 

 

Romanian President Traian Basescu announced that Romania will host a regional command of the Alliance.

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Turkey likely part of US-led core coalition against ISIL

 

 

 

Turkey is likely to be part of a 10-country coalition led by the US, along with the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Italy, Poland and Denmark, against the threat of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) -- which calls itself the "Islamic State."

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The Wales Declaration on the Transatlantic Bond

 

 

 

The North Atlantic Alliance binds North America and Europe in the defence of our common security, prosperity and values. It guarantees the security of its members through collective defence. It strengthens security in Europe, and projects stability further afield through crisis management and cooperative security with its unique set of partnerships. Our commitment to defend freedom, individual liberty, human rights, democracy and the rule of law makes our community unique.

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Wales Summit Declaration

 

 

 

Issued by the Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Wales 4-5 September 2014

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Does the US trust Turkey?

 

 

 

The German newspaper Der Spiegel has discovered that Turkey, a NATO ally, was the target of US, UK and German espionage. In its August 2014 report headlined, “A Two-Faced Friendship: Turkey Is ‘Partner and Target’ for the NSA,” Der Spiegel scrutinized hundreds of thousands of pages of National Security Agency (NSA) documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

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Nato expansion unlikely before late 2015

 

Nato leaders have indicated the alliance will not take in any new aspirant states until late next year.

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Romania Wants More NATO Muscle in East Europe

 

 

 

 

Bucharest has approved the presence of NATO combat aircraft in Romania in order to better protect the region amid the current dispute with Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

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West Balkan States at NATO Summit

 

 

 

Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina expect to be praised for their progress towards NATO but the Western military alliance’s summit in Wales will not see any new members named.

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Bosnia Arrests 16 Suspected Jihad Recruiters

 

 

 

Several hundred Bosnian policemen conducted a series of nationwide raids and arrested 16 people suspected of involvement in recruiting Islamist fighters for the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

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More Illegal Migrants Are Crossing Montenegro

 

 

 

More illegal migrants from Asia, Africa and the Middle East are crossing Montenegro en route to the West, a new police report said.

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