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Global Britain and the Western Balkans

House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee. Tenth Report of Session 2017–19 Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 3 July 2018.

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Former PM Yıldırım elected as speaker of Turkey’s parliament

Turkey’s new parliament has elected former Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım as its speaker with the votes of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

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Turkish lawmakers take oath for parliament as Yıldırım nominated as new speaker

Turkish lawmakers started to take oaths to serve in parliament, following last month’s elections that have shifted more power to the presidency, as the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) nominated the outgoing prime minister Binali Yıldırım as the new parliament speaker on July 7, 2018.

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Greece: DM continues to walk a political 'tightrope' over Prespes agreement; Mitsotakis to PM: set an election date

Embattled Defense Minister Panos Kammenos on Tuesday (03.07.2018) again referred to the Prespes agreement between Athens and Skopje to resolve the fYRoM "name issue", calling it a "bad deal" and saying its ratification by the people can come only through elections or a referendum.

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Ankara to have minimum dialogue with new EU president Austria

As Austria has taken over the rotating six-month presidency of the European Union in July, Ankara does not expect a considerable agenda with the new term president, even at refugee issue, given tensions between Ankara and Vienna.

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EU delays Macedonia and Albania talks

EU governments agreed on Tuesday (26 June 2018) to delay a decision to start accession talks with Macedonia and Albania until next year, if the two Balkan countries carried out more reforms.

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European Council Brussels, 28 June 2018 (OR. en) EUCO 9/18 CO EUR 9 CONCL 3

NOTE From: General Secretariat of the Council To: Delegations Subject: European Council meeting (28 June 2018) – Conclusions

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EU summit approves tortured conclusions on migration after sleepless night

EU leaders reached a much-needed deal on steps to tackle migration after resolving a bitter row with Italy’s inexperienced prime minister. Extended talks lasted through the night and only wrapped up on Friday morning (29 June 2018).

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EU puts ‘North Macedonia’ and Albania on hold until the European elections

The European Union agreed a compromise yesterday (26 June) whereby it would open negotiations to join the bloc with Albania and Macedonia starting in June next year, provided certain conditions are met.

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Erdoğan re-elected president, 'People's Alliance' wins majority at parliament

Initial results from Turkey’s presidential election showed incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with a commanding lead, paving the way him to govern under a new constitution which grants the president new powers.

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Bulgarian President Radev in Belgrade: Reconciliation in the Balkans needed for European future

The historic reconciliation on which a united Europe is built must be achieved in the Balkans as well, Bulgarian President Roumen Radev told a news conference in Belgrade on June 21, 2018.

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Albanians in Macedonia have no dilemmas over the agreement with Greece

Albanians in Macedonia have no dilemmas over the name agreement, and will support the upcoming referendum, not onlu because it opens the doors to EU and NATO but maintains the identity of our fellow citizens Macedonians, says Vice Premier for European Affairs Bujar Osmani on 24.06.2018.

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Netherlands to veto the opening of accession negotiations with Albania

The Dutch parliament blocked on Thursday (21 June 2018) the opening of EU accession negotiations with Albania. The EU summit will decide on 28-29 June whether to open negotiations with Macedonia and Albania.

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Greece: Tsipras govt survives no confidence vote over fYRoM name deal; one coalition MP fails to 'toe the line'

The coalition Greek government survived a 'no confidence' motion tabled by the main opposition New Democracy (ND) party in Parliament on Friday (15.06.2018) and voted on a day later, with a recently concluded agreement between Athens and Skopje to resolve the contentious fYRoM "name issue" triggering the initial censure action.

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Name issue: Name deal sparks acrimony in Greece, FYROM

Greece’s political parties are on a collision course over the name deal struck with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) after New Democracy filed a no-confidence motion challenging Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s right to strike the agreement, given the objections of the coalition’s junior coalition partner, Independent Greeks (ANEL).

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