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AKP, MHP strike agreement on pre-election alliance legal package

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have agreed on a 26-article legislative package that would pave the way for formal a pre-election alliance, following a face-to-face meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and MHP head Devlet Bahçeli.

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EU split over expansion into Western Balkans European Union foreign ministers disagreed on Thursday

European Union foreign ministers disagreed on Thursday over a proposal by the bloc’s executive to push for expansion into the Western Balkans, a region still scarred by ethnic wars fought in the 1990s and dogged by a reputation for lawlessness.

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Language Feud Delays Bosnia's Answer to EU Questionnaire

Bosnia has finally prepared its answers to its EU Questionnaire after more than two years – but long-standing disputes between the entities over language matters and the census are preventing it from being returned to Brussels.

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SECURITY COUNCIL 8176TH MEETING (on Kosovo) 06.02.2018

Attempts to Repeal Law on Kosovo Chambers a Grave Concern, Special Representative Tells Security Council amid Calls for Continued High-Level Dialogue

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Turkish position paper submitted to the European Union aiming to secure visa liberalization with EU

The position paper (as of 06.02.2018) includes a number of other articles, reported by Cumhuriyet daily as follows: 

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No: 38, 8 February 2018, Press Release Regarding the Resolution of the European Parliament Entitled “Current Situation of Human Rights in Turkey”

The resolution adopted today (February 8) by the European Parliament on the "Current Situation of Human Rights in Turkey"*  is far from understanding the current conditions Turkey faces. 

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Dutch PM Rutte in Sofia: More work needed before Bulgaria can join Schengen

Visiting Sofia on February 6, 2018, Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte expressed support for Bulgaria joining the EU’s Schengen visa zone, but noted that there were still work to be done before it was ready.

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Obama lied to us, Trump follows the same path: Erdoğan

Former U.S. President Barack Obama “lied to Turkey” on the issue of Syrian Kurdish fighters in Syria’s Manbij region and current U.S. President Donald Trump “follows the same path,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said 0n 06.02.2018.

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European Commission - Press release Strategy for the Western Balkans: EU sets out new flagship initiatives and support for the reform-driven region

Strasbourg, 6 February 2018

The Commission adopted today a strategy for 'A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans'.

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Strategy for the Western Balkans

Commission adopts a credible enlargement perspective for the Western Balkans countries

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Erdogan in Rome: Let Turkey be full EU member

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has rejected proposals of a partnership with the EU, insisting full membership of the bloc is the only option, in an interview published Sunday (4 February 2018).

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Major rally in central Athens over fYRoM 'name issue'

A mass rally in the heart of Athens called in reaction to the resurgent fYRoM "name issue" is scheduled to proceed as planned at 2 p.m. (12.00 GMT) on 04.02.2018, with organizers expecting tens of thousands of people to attend, as buses continued to arrive in the Greek capital from around the country.

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Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu re-elected as Turkey’s main opposition CHP chair

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu was re-elected for a 5th term as chair of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) late on Feb. 3, 2018.

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Tension ahead if Kosovo left out of EU strategy

In a week's time the European Commission will publish its strategy on the Western Balkans.

Read more: Tension ahead if Kosovo left out of EU strategy

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