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Montenegro Albanians Win Payback for Backing Government

Montenegro’s government will give a mainly Albanian-populated area long-sought municipal status among other concessions after ethnic Albanian politicians helped the ruling party gain a parliamentary majority.

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Spiting Russia, Montenegro gets pro-NATO government

 Montenegro's parliament has approved a new pro-NATO government, but the pro-Russia opposition boycotted the vote. The country's NATO bid has created political tensions.

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Croatian Opposition Elects New Leftist Leader

First round favourite, Davor Bernardic, has won the elections for the president of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, by a landslide; with a pledge to return the party to its leftist course and bring back its traditional voters.

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Corruption and nationalism threaten Bosnia’s EU bid

 “We deserve to be in the European Union,” Bosnia and Herzegovina’s prime minister, Denis Zvizdić, told journalists yesterday (24 November 2016).

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Parliament backs freeze of Turkish membership talks

The European Parliament on 24.11.2016 voted in favour of a freeze of membership talks with Turkey over its post-coup crackdown, further escalating tensions with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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Cyprus question: Anastasiades says he does not want to play blame game, ready to continue negotiations

President Nicos Anastasiades said on 23.11.2016 he did not want to play the blame game after territory talks failed in Mont Pelerin in Switzerland in the early hours of Tuesday, but he said he was ready to pick up where negotiations had broken down.

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Turkey, EU unlikely to break ties despite glaring animosity

ISTANBUL, Nov. 20, 2016 (Xinhua) -- A war of words in recent months has prompted a call from Turkey for suspending talks about accession to the European Union (EU), but analysts do not expect a rupture in relations between the two partners given their mutual interests.

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President Erdoğan: EU not everything, Turkey may join Shanghai Five

Turkey should not be “fixated” on the idea of joining the European Union and should look at other opportunities, such as the Russia-led Shanghai Pact, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said.

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Cyprus talks in Switzerland to focus on crucial issue of territory

United Nations-buffered talks aimed at reunifying Cyprus are due to resume on the island next week following planned discussions between Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in Switzerland on Sunday expected to focus on territory.

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Bulgarian PM to Resign after Presidential Election Defeat

Bulgarian premier Boyko Borissov will quit next week, he said after his favoured candidate for president lost to a pro-Russia rival.

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Gülenists donated around $2 mln to Clinton campaign: Democratic source

Some figures from the Gülen Movement under the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, who is accused of the July 15 failed coup attempt, made nearly $2 million donation to defeated Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during her campaign, according to a Democratic source, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Nov. 12, 2016.

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'Significant progress' made in Cyprus talks, negotiations to resume on Nov 20: UN

Cyprus peace talks ended late on Nov. 11, 2016 in Switzerland without a final deal despite UN claims of "significant progress."

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Serbian MPs: “Great Britain has left the EU, and I don’t know why he is persuading us to join the EU”

The European Commission’s report on Serbia published on Wednesday was positive; but, on Thursday(10.11.2016), the head of EU’s Delegation, Michael Davenport, was unable to present the report to a parliamentary committee of Serbia’s Parliament.

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Ankara’s Influence: Asset or a Liability?

The Mosul operation, launched on October 17, has once again highlighted the complicated nature of Turkey’s involvement in the fight against the Islamic State (IS).

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European Commission Key findings of the 2016 Report on Serbia

Brussels, 9 November 2016

Key findings of the 2016 Report on Serbia

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