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European Commission, Bulgarian government to hold joint session on January 12, 2018

Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission and the ministers of the Bulgarian government will have a joint session on January 12, 2018  at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, the morning after the country formally assumes the Presidency of the Council of the EU.

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Greek Minister of Defence and coalition partner Kammenos: No to any 'name solution' that includes term 'Macedonia'

The head of the right-wing coalition partner in the current Tsipras government, who also holds the defense portfolio, on Thursday (11012018) appeared to dramatically "up the ante" ahead of a resumption of what, by all accounts, appears to be the most substantive talks to solve the "fYRoM name issue" in years.

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Greek Church rejects term 'Macedonia' in any pending FYROM "name solution"

The Holy Synod of Greece’s Autocephalous Orthodox Church on 10.01.2018  waded into the political sphere, with top clerics saying they reject the use of the name “Macedonia” for any future name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

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Balkan States ‘Embracing Authoritarian Leadership’: British House of Lords Report

A new report from the British House of Lords highlights concerns that countries in the Western Balkans are turning to authoritarian leaderships and nationalistic politics.

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Juncker: Slovenia-Croatia dispute jeopardises Balkan enlargement

The border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia could block further enlargement in the Western Balkans, the European Commission president warned on Monday (8 January 2018).

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In three years, FYROM’s public debt will amount to 6,5 billion euros

Based on the 2018-2020 fiscal strategy, public debt until 2020 in FYROM will be 6,5 billion euros or 53,5% of GDP. Data from the Central Bank indicate that until the end of last year, public debt was 47% of GDP.

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Turkey’s state of emergency to be extended once again: Deputy PM

The state of emergency rule is set to be extended once again following an advisory decision made by the National Security Council (MGK), the government spokesman and Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on Jan. 8, 2018.

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Macedonian, Greek, Nationalists Mobilize Against 'Name' Deal

As optimism grows about a rapid solution to Macedonia's dispute with Greece over its name, nationalists on both sides of the border are rallying against a possible compromise solution.

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President Erdoğan openly says US is behind Gülen

The court case in which a former Turkish banking executive was found guilty of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran is a clear indication that the U.S. is behind the Pennsylvania-based preacher Fethullah Gülen, believed to be the mastermind of the July 2016 coup attempt, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said on 07.01.2017.

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Albanian President on Orthodox Archbishop’s citizenship, UN Vote

Albanian President, Ilir Meta, said the decision to give Albanian citizenship to Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durres and All Albania was fair. 

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The ‘Macedonian issue’

Late conservative prime minister Constantinos Mitsotakis said in February 1993 that the name dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) was not that important, adding that “no one will remember [the incident] 10 years from now.”

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Research ship harassed by Turkish coast guard

The Meteor, a research ship conducting research on behalf of the University of Heidelberg in Germany in the sea between Samothrace and Limnos in the eastern Aegean, was harassed on Friday (28.12.2017) by Turkish coast guard officers who warned the captain to leave, saying the vessel was in Turkish waters.

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Kosovo’s minister for Integration: Demarcation should be ratified before the visa free regime is introduced

Kosovo’s minister for European Integration, Dhurata Hoxha declared today (26.12.2017) that she’s expecting from the political class to find the necessary consensus needed to ratify the agreement for the border deal with Montenegro.

According to her, it is very important for demarcation to be approved and citizens of Kosovo not to remain isolated.

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Berlin offers new model for Turkey, EU

An EU agreement with Britain on relations after Brexit could serve as a model for ties with other countries that want to be as close as possible to the bloc but are not yet ready to join, such as Ukraine and Turkey, Germany’s Foreign Minister has said.

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Hristijan Mickoski to Lead Macedonia's Frail Opposition

Macedonia’s opposition right-wing VMRO DPMNE party elected Hristijan Mickoski as its new leader on Saturday (23.12.2017). He will succeed embattled former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who assumed party leadership in 2003. 

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