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It is clear Turkey is purging its elites; it is unclear who is replacing them.

On Thursday (13.10.2016) the Turkish Ministry of National Defense confirmed the dismissal of 109 military judges. Anadolu Agency reports that since the attempted coup on July 15, 259 judges have been purged.

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Turkey: Arrest warrants for police

Ankara prosecutors issued warrants for 215 Ankara Police Department personnel, including senior officials, on Oct. 12 as part of a probe into the Gülenist movement on suspicions that the personnel were using the ByLock program, a messaging application that is said to have been used by the group for concealed conversations, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.

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UK 'Blocking Montenegro' From Opening EU Chapters

In spite of the fact that Britain is committed to leaving the European Union, the UK is blocking Montenegro from opening two more accession chapters, BIRN has learned.

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Ivanic Tries to Calm Bosnian Serb Opposition Nerves

With the future of the Bosnian Serb opposition bloc in question after its election defeats, the Bosnian Serb member of the presidency has dismissed reports that it is about to break up.

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Turkey, Russia strike strategic Turkish Stream gas pipeline deal

 

Turkey and Russia signed the strategic Turkish Stream gas pipeline agreement late on Oct. 10 amid vows by both countries to intensify their relations following a hiatus due to Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet in November 2015.

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Montenegro Minister Refuses to Sign Electoral Roll

Two weeks to go before parliamentary elections in Montenegro, the Interior Minister has refused to authorise the electoral roll, which will place a question mark over the election's legitimacy.

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Fresh Probes Threaten Kosovo Party's Power

New probes launched against several officials of the ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, threaten to undermine the power of the party that has dominated politics for over a decade.

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Greece: ND consolidates double digit lead

The findings of the latest poll aired late Monday (05.10.2016) night on SKAI TV reveals that ruling SYRIZA party is facing an unprecedented collapse in its support, as it recorded a 12.5% difference for major opposition party New Democracy (ND).

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EU-Turkey refugee pact looks increasingly like a Jenga tower, ESI chief says

A deal between the European Union and Turkey to stem the flow of migrants looks increasingly like a Jenga tower, says the man who came up with the plan, while placing most of the blame for its failure on European leaders.

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Turkey extends state of emergency

The Turkish government decided on 03.10.2016  to extend for 90 days the state of emergency when it expires on 19 October.

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Turkey: The Lausanne debate: ‘Away with dreams and shadows’

 “Neither sentiment nor illusion must influence our policy. Away with dreams and shadows! …They cost us dear in the past” (Mustafa Kemal’s 36.5-hour 1927 speech, “Nutuk,” Vol. 2) is a celebrated quote which most recently inspired the title of Robin Wright’s 2008 book, “Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East” and the title of the second chapter of Stephen Kinzer’s 2010 book, “Reset: Iran, Turkey and America’s Future.”

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Greek PM mounts effort to turn tide against gov't in bid for debt relief and QE inclusion

The government’s mistakes in the first half of 2015 have undermined its credibility, while the repeated delays of the country’s bailout reviews have created an environment which is anything but investment-friendly.

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Bulgaria nominates EU Commissioner Georgieva to run for U.N. Chief

The Bulgarian government on Wednesday (28.09.2016) nominated European Commissioner Kistalina Georgieva to stand for the United Nations Secretary-General post after another candidate, Irina Bokova, dropped in the ranking in the fifth U.N. Security Council secret ballot.

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Bosnian Serbs Vote in Disputed Referendum

Despite growing concerns over the controversial vote on Republika Srpska’s public holiday, polling stations opened in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity regardless.

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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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