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Kosovo’s government falls

Kosovo’s MPs voted today (10.05.2017) in favor of toppling the government led by the PDK-LDK coalition.

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Bulgaria’s largest party tables bill to introduce majoritarian system for electing Parliament

GERB, the largest party in the National Assembly and the majority partner in Boiko Borissov’s coalition government, tabled on May 10 2017a bill to introduce a majoritarian system for electing MPs.

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Bulgarian National Assembly votes third Boiko Borissov government into office

Bulgaria’s unicameral Parliament, the National Assembly, voted Boiko Borissov’s GERB-United Patriots coalition government into office on May 4 2017.

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Turkey's EU dream is over, for now, top official says

Turkey under President Tayyip Erdogan has turned its back on joining the European Union, at least for now, the bloc's top official dealing with Ankara said, offering economic cooperation instead if both sides can restore friendly ties.

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Germany rejects calls for EU to end Turkey accession talks

Germany said it's against breaking off accession talks between Brussels and Ankara. The country's sentiment echoed EU foreign affairs head Mogherini's desire for Turkey to join the EU, if it can meet all the conditions.

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Albania elects its new President

Ilir Meta, current Speaker of Parliament and leader of the Socialist Movement for Integration, has been elected on 28.04.2017 as the new President of Albania.

In his speech after the election, Meta appealed for more responsibility in these decisive days for democracy, urging all sides to do everything in order for all political parties to participate in the elections.

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Macedonia: Tension and chaos in capital city

In Skopje, Parliament approved on 28.04.2017 afternoon the election of its new speaker, following a political crisis which has been lasting for months. Talat Xhaferi, former minister of Defence and former leader of “Liberation Army of Macedonia”, was elected the new speaker of parliament with the votes of Albanian parties and SDSM led by Zoran Zaev.

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Mob storms Macedonian parliament

Masked and bare-chested men stormed Macedonia’s parliament on Thursday (27 April), amid growing EU and US concerns about Balkan stability.

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EU doesn’t lift demarcation deal as a condition for accession

Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa has travelled to Brussels, in an effort to convince European officials to grant the visa free regime to Kosovo and to suspend the condition for the ratification of the border demarcation deal with Montenegro for a period of two years.

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PACE reopens monitoring process against Turkey

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on April 25 2017 decided to reopen a monitoring process against the country.

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USA and EU send strong messages about the crisis in FYROM

President of FYROM, George Ivanov is determined not to offer to the social democrat leader, Zoran Zaev, the mandate to form a government along with Albanian parties. Ivanov says that the reason for this relates to the so called Tirana Platform, which, according to him, is incorporated in the government program of the leader of SDSM, Zoran Zaev.

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Bulgaria’s coming coalition government spells out policies

A migration policy that prevents foreigners from being in the country illegally and expels illegal migrants, increased border security, the linking of social assistance to school as well as kindergarten attendance, increased defence spending, unchanged direct tax rates, a “pragmatic” foreign policy and active co-operation with military and patriotic organisations to build patriotic feelings among the youth.

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Turkey: Main opposition calls on top election board to annul the referendum

Turkey’s main opposition party has vowed to take widespread irregularities during the April 16 referendum to the Constitutional Court and European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), repeating its accusations against the election watchdog and calling on the Supreme Election Board (YSK) to annul the referendum results.

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Turkey approves presidential system in tight referendum

Some 51.3 percent of the more than 58 million Turkish voters said “yes” to the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) constitutional amendment package in a tight race to decide on whether to shift to an executive presidential system. 

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Romanian Foreign Ministry on the US missiles launch against Syria – A firm reaction to the chemical attack

Romania reiterates the firm condemnation of the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun locality in the Idlib province, on April 4, 2017, with victims among civil population, including children, a Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) release reads.

The US action on April 7, 2017 represents a firm reaction to the atrocities committed by launching the chemical attack. Romania is solider with its allies and with its partners, the release reads.

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