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Turkish asylum requests in Greece on the rise

An increasing number of Turkish nationals have been finding their way to Greece since the failed coup attempt in the neighboring country and the mass purges that followed.

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Declaration of the leaders of 27 member states and of the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission

We, the Leaders of 27 Member States and of EU institutions, take pride in the achievements of the European Union: the construction of European unity is a bold, far-sighted endeavour. 

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Greece PM Tsipras Letter to European Leaders

In a letter sent on 23.03.2017 to the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, the President of the European Commission Jaen-Claude Juncker and to chairpersons of Summit in Rome Joseph Muscat and Paolo Gentiloni, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras requesting a clear answer to whether the European social model, especially in terms of labor relations and collective bargaining is valid for all  member- states  without exception, or for all except Greece.

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New government in FYROM ready to be formalized

SDSM (Macedonian Social Democratic Union), BDI (Democratic Union for Integration) and Alliance for Albanians are ready to form a new government in FYROM. The head of the cabinet will be the leader of SDSM, Zoran Zaev.

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EU summons Turkish ambassador over Erdogan safety remarks

The EU today (23 March 2017) summoned the Turkish envoy to explain President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s warning that Europeans risk being unsafe on the world’s streets.

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Strong reactions by the Albanian Defence Ministry on the “Russian influence in the Balkans

Security in the Balkans and NATO accession has brought to Tirana the Montenegrin Defence Minister, Predrag Boskovic, who has had a closed door meeting with the Albanian minister.

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Bulgaria’s 2017 elections: Reports received of voters being bussed in from Turkey – Deputy PM

Bulgaria’s caretaker government has received reports of buses being organised to bring voters in from Turkey for the March 26, 2017 parliamentary elections, Stefan Yanev, the deputy prime minister in charge of the government’s role in election preparations, said.

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Rise above political bickering, Hahn urges Macedonia leaders

Macedonia needs to rise above political feuding and form a government as soon as possible to unblock the Balkan country’s path to European Union membership, the EU said yesterday (21 March 2017).

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Turkey's Referendum Campaign Unfair, Erdogan Opponents say

Opposition figures in Turkey say they have faced threats, violence, arbitrary detentions, a lack of TV airtime and even sabotage in the campaign for a referendum on expanding the president's powers.

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Capital punishment 'red line' for EU membership, Brussels tells Ankara

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on 19.03.2017 has warned Turkey against any return of the capital punishment in the Anatolian country, saying the measure is a "red line" in Ankara's stalled bid for membership in the European Union.

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EU pushes Western Balkans toward common market

The European Union yesterday (16 March 2017) encouraged the Western Balkan countries to create a common market, which it estimated could create over 80,000 jobs in an area of high unemployment.

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Turkey threatens to send Europe ‘15,000 refugees a month’ 1

Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has threatened to “blow the mind” of Europe by sending 15,000 refugees a month to EU territory, in an intensifying dispute with the bloc.

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Bulgaria recalls its ambassador to Turkey for consultations amid controversy over elections

Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry said on March 16, 2017 that it was recalling its ambassador in Ankara, Nadezhda Neynsky, for consultations.

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Erdogan sees ‘crusade against Islam’ behind ECJ headscarf ruling

Turkey’s president today (16 March 2017) accused the EU’s top court of starting a “crusade” against Islam after a ruling allowing European companies to ban employees from wearing religious or political symbols including the Islamic headscarf.

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