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KRG vote tops agenda at Erdoğan-Rouhani summit

Both Turkish and Iranian leaders voiced strong opposition to the recent Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) independence referendum at a Tehran meeting on Oct. 4, 2017, stressing the importance of “preserving existing borders.”

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Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia Ministrial Meeting in Thessaloniki on October 4-5, 2017

At the initiative of the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Kotzias, the 2nd Ministerial Meeting of Greece, Albania, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is held in Thessaloniki on 4 and 5 October.

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Bulgarian PM Borissov calls Rama to demand minorities law in Albania guarantees rights of Bulgarian minority

In a telephone call to his Albanian counterpart Edi Rama, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov has called for proposed legislation on minorities in Albania to guarantee the rights of the Bulgarian minority in that country.

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Greece: New poll gives ND opposition a sturdy lead

A new public opinion poll carried out on 15.09.2017 by the University of Macedonia for Skai TV puts conservative New Democracy 13 percentage points ahead of leftist SYRIZA, which leads the ruling coalition.

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Sofia offers low-cost home for EU drugs agency

In the race to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA) when it leaves London after Brexit, Bulgaria has launched a low-cost campaign to prove that it could do just as well as the others - but for less money.

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Serbia and the EU: Stability over democracy

There were more headlines over the weekend praising the fact that the new out-and-proud Serb prime minister, Ana Brnabic, took part in a gay pride march in Belgrade.

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Turkey, Iran, Iraq consider joint measures against KRG referendum

Turkey, Iran and Iraq have agreed to consider taking “coordinated counter-measures” against the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government’s (KRG) bid to hold independence referendum at a trilateral foreign ministers’ meeting in New York, days before the Sept. 25, 2017 vote in northern Iraq. 

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German bid to end Turkey talks not going well

Finland and Lithuania have gone against Germany on halting Turkey's EU talks, while others want to wait for German elections before taking a position.

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Macron, Tsipras chair talks with French, Greek businesses

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday (08.09.2017) accompanied French President Emmanuel Macron to the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center where the two men were to chair a meeting of Greek and French entrepreneurs.

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Kosovo: New government under the influence of Belgrade?

In Kosovo, Self Determination and Democratic League of Kosovo have issued a strong reaction against the agreement reached between the winning coalition and New Kosovo Alliance to govern together.

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Kosovo: PAN and AKR strike a crucial deal

Leaders of the PAN coalition consisting of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, Alliance for the Future of Kosovo and Incentive for Kosovo, Kadri Veseli, Ramush Haradinaj and Fatmir Limaj, have signed with the leader of the New Kosovo Alliance, Behgjet Pacolli the agreement for the creation of new institutions.

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Turkey, Iran Voice Opposition to Kurdish Independence Vote In Rare Visit

Turkey and Iran have voiced strong opposition to a referendum on Kurdish independence scheduled next month in neighboring Iraq during a rare visit to Ankara by Tehran's army chief of staff on August 16 2017.

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Belgrade seeks ‘delimitation’ for Serbs in Kosovo

Serbia’s foreign minister and a top ally of President Aleksandar Vučić has suggested a compromise to end a conflict over Kosovo, the newest independent European state,that is blocking Serbia’s hopes of European Union membership.

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Kosovo: Second attempt to constitute Parliament fails

Today’s (04.08.2017) session to constitute Parliament in Kosovo failed once again due to the absence of the PAN coalition MPs. This coalition won the highest number of MPs in the 11 June  2017 elections.

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Prime ministers Borissov and Zaev sign Bulgaria – Macedonia good neighbourliness treaty

Minister Boiko Borissov and his Republic of Macedonia counterpart Zoran Zaev signed a treaty of good neighbourliness between the two countries in Skopje on August 1, 2017.

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