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EU advances membership talks for Montenegro, Serbia

The EU on Monday (11 December 2017) opened new chapters in its membership talks with Montenegro and Serbia, countries which European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker says he expects to join the bloc by 2025.

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Bulgarian Parliament approves 2018 Budget Act at second reading

Bulgaria’s National Assembly has given its final approval to the 2018 Budget Act after a marathon of two late-night sittings, ending at the November 30, 2017 deadline for giving the nod to the legislation.

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US trying to discredit Turkey for not submitting to ‘scenarios’: Erdoğan

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Dec. 3, 2017 accused Washington of trying to discredit Turkey for “not submitting to scenarios,” in a reference to a New York trial of former Halkbank deputy general manager Hakan Atilla over evading U.S. sanctions on Iran.

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Turkey issues arrest warrant for former CIA official Graham Fuller over coup attempt

The Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Dec. 1, 2017 issued an arrest warrant for Graham Fuller, the former vice-chairman of the National Intelligence Council of the CIA, over his alleged involvement in the July 2016 coup attempt.

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Praljak dies in hospital. 29.11.2017. 15:59

ZAGREB, Nov 29, 2017 (Hina) - General Slobodan Praljak, a former chief of staff of the Bosnian Croat forces, the Croatian Defence Council (HVO), died in a hospital in The Hague after drinking poison in the courtroom after the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) upheld his trial court verdict sentencing him to 20 years in prison for war crimes, a source close to Praljak told Hina.

Source: https://www.hina.hr/vijest/9654654

Turkey, Russia, Iran to meet regularly to talk Syria: Erdoğan

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that Turkey, Russia and Iran will meet regularly to discuss the Syrian crisis, as he commented on a recent trilateral meeting n the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

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Erdogan visit to strengthen bilateral ties, Turkey’s deputy premier says

Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be the first Turkish president to visit Greece in 65 years, the country’s deputy Prime Minister Hakan Cavusoglu said on Thursday, adding he expected the trip to improve bilateral ties between Athens and Ankara.

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UN Mediator Schedules New Macedonia ‘Name’ Talks

The long-expected re-boot of the UN-sponsored name talks between Macedonia and Greece will take place on December 11-12, 2017 in Brussels.

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Bulgaria, Romania have made progress but still more needed – EU report

Bulgaria and Romania have made some progress in implementing judicial reforms and the fight against corruption but “there is still more work to be done,” the Commission said in its regular report on the two countries that remain blocked from joining the borderless Schengen area despite becoming EU members in 2007.

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Turkey criticizes ISIL-SDF deal for evacuation of fighters from Raqqa

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has criticized a deal between U.S. backed U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for the re-capture of Raqqa. 

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Bulgaria calls for West Balkan EU integration after Brexit

Bulgaria, which will hold the upcoming presidency of the EU Council, will push for the Western Balkan countries to be able to move closer to the EU in the next six months.

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Moldovans Prefer EU to Russian Group, Survey Says

New survey suggests that despite growing confidence among pro-Russian forces in Moldova, more people want to join the EU than the Kremlin-backed trading association.

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Turkey no longer major Council of Europe donor: Minister

Turkey has informed the Council of Europe that it is withdrawing from being one of the six major donors to the European body.

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Montenegro Snubs Kosovo's Talk of Arbitration Over Border

While Kosovo mulls sending the disputed border agreement with Montenegro to the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Montenegro shows no sign of agreeing to such a solution. 

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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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