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Tony Blair Winds up Operations in Albania

After the former UK Prime Minister said he was closing down his business empire, his office confirmed to BIRN that his dealings with Albania, which were never made public, are also complete.

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Putin Meets Dodik on Eve of Bosnia Referendum

Russian President Vladimir Putin met Milorad Dodik just ahead of the controversial Bosnian Serb referendum, but the substance of their talks could not be judged from terse statements.

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Croatia: BABS Forum Takes Charge Of Central-Eastern Europe Destiny

The area of the Adriatic, Baltic and Black Sea is Europe’s lifeblood and around 50 billion Euros investment will be needed for its future development”, said the Croatian president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic at the opening of the Baltic-Adriatic-Black Sea (BABS) Forum 2016 with her Polish colleague Andrzej Duda in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on Thursday, 25th of August.

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Croatia's Falling Turnout Sends Warning, Expert Says

That a million fewer Croatian voters cast ballots in the latest elections than they did in 2000 shows that people increasingly feel ‘real power’ has moved out of politics, a political sciences professor told BIRN.

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Bosnian Court Approves Ban on Serb Referendum

The state-level Constitutional Court ruled in favour of a request from Bosniak politicians and temporarily banned an ethnically-divisive referendum planned by Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska.

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HDZ Pushes Far-Rightists into Croatia Parliament

Despite the leader's claims to have moved the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, to the centre ground, a few far-right candidates have still entered the new parliament under its auspices.

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Identified refugees, migrants exceed 60,000 in Greece

The number of identified refugees and migrants on Greek territory reached 60,107 on Thursday, while 21 new arrivals were reported in the last 24 hours, the ANA-MPA news agency news on Thursday (15.09.2016).

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US Unlikely to 'Speed Up' Gulen's Extradition to Turkey

Turkey has formally requested that the U.S. government extradite Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen from the state of Pennsylvania where he has lived in self-imposed exile for 17 years. Ankara has accused Gulen and his followers – known as the Hizmet movement – of orchestrating a failed July 15 coup attempt that left more than 270 dead and thousands wounded. Gulen denies any role in the coup attempt.

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Turkey removes two dozen elected mayors in Kurdish militant crackdown

The Sur municipality office is surrounded by security barriers, following the removal of the local mayor from office after he was deemed to support Kurdish militants, in Diyarbakir, 11 September 2016.

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HDZ Looks to Form Croatia Government after Surprise Win

Croatia's main centre-right party, the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, has won most seats in the parliamentary elections and looks set to form a new government with the centre-right MOST [Bridge] party.

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Bosnian Serbs Give Ultimatum to Constitutional Court

Milorad Dodik, the president of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska, said he will only cancel a controversial referendum if the state Constitutional Court gives in to his demands.

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Vetevendosje Members Arrested for Kosovo Assembly Blast

Six members of the Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) opposition party were arrested on suspicion of terrorism after an explosive device was thrown at the Kosovo Assembly building earlier this month.

 

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Turkish parliament approves Israel deal

The Turkish parliament approved a deal to normalise ties with Israel after a delay caused by the July 15 (2016) failed coup attempt, believed to have been masterminded by the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen. 

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Montenegro Could Admit 'Greater Albania' Campaigner

Unlike Greece and Serbia, Montenegro could allow controversial historian Tahir Veliu to enter the country to promote his book about his project to create a 'Greater Albania'.

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Deputy PM says axis debates over Turkey is ‘groundless’

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said Aug. 17, 2016 that debates on possible shifts to Turkey’s axis were groundless, adding that Turkey had its own axis.

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