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Greece adopts more austerity reforms ahead of key Eurogroup talks

Greek lawmakers adopted a controversial package of pension cuts and tax hikes as eurozone finance ministers geared up for an emergency meeting today (9 May, 2016) to hammer out fresh reforms for Athens to stave off another eurozone crisis.

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Bulgarian socialists elect woman as leader

Bulgaria’s Socialist Party (BSP), the biggest opposition party in the Balkan country, chose a new leader yesterday (8 May, 2016) with the task of winning back disaffected voters and pushing for an early general election.

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Erdogan Rules Out Reforming Turkey's Anti-terror Laws

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a tough message Friday (06.05.2016) to the European Union, telling supporters in a conservative Istanbul stronghold that though his country is facing terrorist attacks, reforming its anti-terror laws is out of the question.

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Deputy Secretary General: NATO membership will ensure Montenegro's long term security

Becoming the 29th member of NATO will ensure Montenegro's long-term stability, sovereignty and security, NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow said during a visit to Montenegro on Friday (6 May 2016).

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UN Warned About Bosnian Serb ‘Secession’ Threat

 

 

 

The top international official in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentin Inzko, warned the UN Security Council that the Bosnian Serb leadership was threatening a referendum on secession and glorifying war criminals.

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Turkish citizens could get visa-free travel to EU by June

 (BRUSSELS, 04.05.2016) - The European Commission has opened the way for a decision on visa-free travel for citizens of Turkey by June, on the understanding that Turkey fulfils outstanding benchmarks of its Visa Liberalisation Roadmap.

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5 Things You Should Know About Turkey's President Erdogan

It seems Turkish Prime Minister Davotoglu will resign later this month, reportedly because Erdogan wants to increase his own powers.

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How mysterious new Turkish blog exposed Erdogan-Davutoglu rift

On the night of May 1, 2016, in just a few hours, a brand-new political blog became a national hit in Turkey. Titled Pelican Brief — apparently a pun on the 1993 Hollywood thriller — the site presented a single entry, which was a long diatribe against Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Its significance lay in not just whom it attacked, but also on whose behalf it appeared: Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s all-powerful president.

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Serbian Right-Wingers Win Seats in Poll Re-Run

After re-run polls in several constituencies, the right-wing coalition of the Democratic Party of Serbia and Dveri has passed the threshold to win seats in parliament, after previously falling one vote short.

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Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoğlu says he will step aside

 

 

 

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has announced that he is stepping aside while announcing a congress on May 22, 2016 to anoint the party’s future leader. 

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Macedonians Resume ‘Colourful Revolution’ Protests

 

 

 

Anti-government protests in Macedonia - dubbed the ‘Colourful Revolution’ - resumed after an Easter break, while the International Crisis Group warned that the political situation was deteriorating.

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Turkey Moves to Strip Kurdish Deputies’ Immunity

Turkey set the stage for stripping Kurdish parliamentarians of their immunity Monday (02.05.2016), when a parliamentary committee approved the motion after a contentious debate. 

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