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European Commission: Key findings of the 2016 Report on Turkey

Brussels, 9 November 2016

Key findings of the 2016 Report on Turkey

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Отношения без «мантр»: Россия не может быть заинтересована в «единой Европе» под эгидой США

В середине марта этого года Европейский совет министров иностранных дел всеми 28 государствами-членами ЕС принял пять руководящих принципов политики Европейского союза по отношению к России. Напомним их:

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Mont Pelerin Cyprus negotiations: State of Play

The future of Cyprus hangs on the balance in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland, where President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci negotiate the island’s reunification.

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HP: судьбу Эрдогана решила группа пророссийских военных

«Мы все видим, кто наши друзья, а кто враги»,- многозначительно произнес после провалившегося путча президент Турции Реджеп Тайип Эрдоган. К друзьям он причислил Россию, а к врагам - Америку. Вообще-то антиамериканские настроения всегда присутствовали в Турции, но в этот раз антиамериканскую компанию впервые инициировала и направляла сама Анкара. Президентский советник Бурхан Кузу обычно ругает Америку в своих твитах едва ли не последними словами, а министры постоянно публично задают вопрос: «Друг Америка или враг?»

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President Erdoğan: I don’t care if they call me a dictator

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has defied EU criticism over the arrests of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmakers and journalists, saying that Turkey is “no longer subject to orders.”

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Montenegro says it foiled Russian-backed plan to kill PM Djukanovic

A special prosecutor investigating an alleged plot to sway last month’s election in Montenegro said on 6 November 2016 a group of “Russian nationalists” had planned to assassinate Prime Minister Milo Djukanović in order to get an opposition party into power.

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General Radev leads Bulgaria presidential race

Bulgaria’s Socialist-backed candidate, Rumen Radev, led the first round of Bulgaria’s presidential election, partial official results showed early today (7 November 2016), ahead of his main rival from the ruling centre-right GERB party.

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Greek Cypriot leader urges Turkey 'to help' reunification talks

Turkey's input will be pivotal in overcoming key obstacles preventing a deal to reunify Cyprus, Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said on Nov. 4 ahead of crucial talks in Switzerland next week.

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Greece: PM removes some who opposed reforms, brings in new faces. New Cabinet

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras proceeded on 04.11.2016 with a long-awaited government reshuffle, moving out some ministers who have opposed bailout reforms and bringing some new blood into the administration.

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Turkey: Opposition HDP co-chairs, lawmakers detained in police raids

Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ, the co-leaders of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and ten lawmakers of the party were detained early on Nov. 4, 2016. 

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Albania Weighs Turkey’s Claim to be Gulenist Hub

After Turkey's Foreign Minister named Albania as the centre of 'Gulenists' in the Balkans, local experts say the country should investigate the claims with due caution.

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Turkey faces division ‘if no shift to presidency’

Turkey could face division if it does not shift to a presidential system, PM Binali Yıldırım has asserted, in response to the main opposition’s warning that a change in the administrative system could bring about the separation of the country. 

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Greek-Albanian relations in tension over demolitions in Chimarra

 

 

 

Local authorities aim to demolish the homes of the Greek minority for the 'redevelopment' of the area.

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No End to Purge in Turkey: 10,000 More Civil Workers Dismissed

The post-coup-attempt crackdown in Turkey continues with a new group of 10,000 civil servants fired from their positions October 29, 2016.

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Croatia PM Tries to Calm Tensions on Bosnia Visit

Croatia's new Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, paid his first official foreign visit to neighbouring Bosnia hoping to calm political tensions over the status of Croats in the country.

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