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Macedonia Ruling Party Set to Stand by Gruevski

Macedonia’s ruling party is likely to nominate its embattled leader Nikola Gruevski for the forthcoming elections in December, defying calls to remove compromised politicians from its candidate lists.

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CETA collapse. Bulgaria and Romania without visa deal with Canada

Bulgaria and Romania agreed today (21 October 2016) that their deal to obtain visa-free travel would be part of the CETA “interpretative declaration”, answering the concerns of the Belgian region of Wallonia. A couple of hours later they realised that they made the wrong decision.

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Croatia Parliament Votes in Plenkovic's New Government

Croatia's new centre-right coalition government was comfortably voted in by parliament on 19.10.2016.

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Montenegro Opposition Urge Minority MPs to Join Them

After opposition parties refused to recognize the results of Sunday’s (15.10.2016) election, they have appealed to minority MPs to join them in a new interim government that would hold another election.

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Macedonia Parliament Dissolves for Early Elections

The Macedonian parliament dissolved on 17.10.2016 head of the much-anticipated pre-term elections in December 11, 2016 which are intended to help end the country’s long-running political crisis.

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Croatia Elects Former NATO Official President

Croatia has become the latest European nation to propel a confirmed Atlanticist and former resident of the United States into high political office (19.02.2016).

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Власть и оппозиция Черногории "не дотянули" до большинства

БЕЛГРАД, 04:2217.10.2016 – РИА Новости. Исход парламентских выборов в Черногории в воскресенье правящая партия премьера Мило Джукановича и оппозиционные силы трактуют в сторону своей победы: перед теми и другими после дня голосования встал вопрос формирования парламентского большинства.

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Greece: Tsipras re-elected SYRIZA president with 93.54%

Tsipras called on Greece’s creditors for an immediate debt restructuring.

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Bulgaria handed to Turkey seven allegedly involved in coup attempt against Erdoğan – reports

Bulgaria has quietly handed over to Turkey seven more people suspected of links to the movement of Fethullah Gülen and allegedly involved in the July 15 coup attempt against Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to reports in Turkish media.

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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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