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Bulgarian President Radev announces caretaker cabinet to take office on January 27

Bulgarian President Roumen Radev has announced the full list of caretaker cabinet ministers who will take office on January 27, succeeding Boiko Borissov’s government and preparing the country for early parliamentary elections on March 26 2017.

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Roumen Radev inaugurated as Bulgaria’s fifth president

Amid military ceremonies and with the attendance of top state and government officials – and amid sub-zero temperatures – Roumen Radev was inaugurated on January 22, 2017 as Bulgaria’s fifth democratically-elected President.

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‘Conservative, religious, nationalist’ bloc to dominate Turkey’s future

A recent poll conducted by Kadir Has University (KHAS) shows that there has been a huge consolidation on the right-wing of Turkish politics, with grassroots support for the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) leadership reaching very high levels, according to Hasan Bülent Kahraman. 

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Putin’s Old Moldova Map Alarms Romania

Vladimir Putin has annoyed Romanians by presenting Moldova’s President Igor Dodon with an ancient map of Moldova that includes chunks of today’s Romania.

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US imposes sanctions on Bosnian Serb leader

The US has introduced sanctions against Milorad Dodik, president of Republika Srpska, the Serb entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dodik has shrugged this off as futile vindictiveness by the outgoing US administration. 

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VMRO-DPMNE holds a campaign against Soros and Open Society Foundation

The largest party in FYROM, VMRO-DPMNE, that won the 11 December elections, is launching a series of attacks against NGOs that are funded through Soros Foundation or Open Society Foundation, the name by which it is known in FYROM.

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Turkey; Gülenist infiltration into Foreign Ministry ‘intensified after change in personnel policy under Davutoğlu’s rule’

The infiltration of Gülenists into the Foreign Ministry accelerated after a drastic change in the ministry’s personnel policy between 2009 and 2013 under the rule of former Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, daily Hürriyet reported over the weekend (14-15.01.2017).

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Igor Dodon requests suspension from office of R. of Moldova’s ambassador to Bucharest. PM Filip turns down the request

Republic of Moldova President Igor Dodon has requested the Moldovan government the initiation of the suspension from office procedure of the ambassador to Bucharest, Mihai Gribincea, Radio Chisinau and deschide.md inform.

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Commission rejects Romania’s bid to lift EU justice monitoring

Romania’s justice minister claimed yesterday (12 January 2017) that Bucharest had filled the requirements for the European Commission to lift its monitoring over the country’s judicial system this year. But Brussels has refuted the suggestion. 

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Turkish parliament approves articles transferring vast powers to president

Turkey’s parliament has approved three more items from a controversial constitutional amendment draft in late-night voting sessions on Jan. 12 and early Jan. 13, 2017,  reducing many of the legislature’s own powers in favor of strengthening the president.

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Why was Albania involved in the pact of Albanian parties in FYROM?

Albanian parliamentary parties the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) signed a document where they pledge for the right of state formation and full respect of the Ohrid Agreement.

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Statement from the conference on Cyprus

The Conference on Cyprus convened today, 12 January 2017, in Geneva, under the auspices of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, with the participation of H.E. Mr. Mustafa Akinci and H.E. Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, the Foreign Ministers of Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom as guarantor powers and in the presence of the European Union as an observer.

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Letter from European Parliament Vice President to Juncker on Cyprus

Vice President of the European Parliament and head of the Eurogroup of SYRIZA Dimitris Papadimoulis and AKEL MEP Takis Hadjigeorgiou sent a letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, concerning the forthcoming negotiations on Cyprus in Geneva between 9-11 January 2017.

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Hectic Cyprus Issue Consultations ahead of Geneva Talks

Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiades and Turkish – Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci Turkish will have their first meeting for 2017 on Wednesday (04.01.2017) morning.

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