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Greece: Foreign minister accuses ND leader of being irresponsible on foreign policy

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Sunday (16.09.2018) issued a stern statement accusing New Democracy leader of being irresponsible and unserious when it comes to matters of foreign policy following the opposition leader's criticism of the government's concessions in the Macedonia name deal with Skopje.

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Citing Russian 'Mischief,' U.S. Defense Secretary To Visit Macedonia

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he would travel to Macedonia ahead of a crucial referendum on changing the country's name, and he voiced concern about possible Russian "mischief" in the run-up to the vote.

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Greece: The new cabinet of Alexis Tsipras

This is the new cabinet (30.08.2018):

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Tukey: Ruling AKP reshuffles top management

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has reshuffled its top management board at its sixth grand congress, with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan being re-elected as the party’s chair with almost all the votes. 

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Quick Border Deal Between Kosovo, Serbia Could Quickly Ignite Balkans

Talks between Serbia and Kosovo on a possible redrawing of borders largely along ethnic lines are threatening to reignite a familiar European tinderbox.

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Turkey in diplomatic attack against US sanctions as Qatar pledges $15 billion investment

Turkey has engaged in a fresh diplomatic attack against the sanctions imposed by the United States with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in talks with prominent European and Gulf countries in a bid to seek more support as the Turkish Lira falls rapidly against the U.S. dollar.

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Erdogan: How Turkey Sees the Crisis With the U.S.

ANKARA, Turkey (10.08.2018) — For the past six decades, Turkey and the United States have been strategic partners and NATO allies. Our two countries stood shoulder to shoulder against common challenges during the Cold War and in its aftermath.

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Vucic: My policy is delineation with Albanians

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday (09.08.2018) he was in favor of "delimitation" with the Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija.

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Greece repeats hard line on Russia

Greece is “fully determined” to ratify its agreement with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to change the latter’s name, Costas Douzinas, a member of ruling SYRIZA and head of the parliamentary committee on foreign relations, has told Bloomberg.

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President addresses Serbs in Kosovo in open letter (FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018)

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic on Friday sent an open letter to the citizens in Kosovo and Metohija (KiM).

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Macedonia sets question for name referendum

The Macedonian parliament adopted on 30.07.2018 the question for the referendum on 30 September on the agreement with Greece about the country's name.

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Zaev: Referendum will be held on September 30th

Prime Minister of FYROM, Zoran Zaev declared today that the referendum on the name will have a consultative nature and that it will be held on September 30, 2018  .

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Turkey is not without alternatives: Presidential aide

Turkey is not a country that can be easily dispensed with, said the Turkish presidential spokesman on July 31, 2018.

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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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