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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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S&D: Pasok is ‘completely isolated’ in our group

 

 

 

Greece’s Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement (Pasok) is “completely isolated” within the Socialists and Democrats (S&D), and its attitude about the government’s negotiations with its creditors is “embarrassing”, sources told EurActiv.com.

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Does Erdogan want his own Islamic state?

 

 

 

Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman unexpectedly sparked controversy in Turkey when on April 25 he declared that Turkey’s new constitution should forgo mention of “secularism” and instead be a “religious constitution” referencing God. His words reignited Turkey’s always tense “secularism debate,” which has been amplified since 2002 when the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power.

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Erdogan's Big Prize: Europe at Odds over Visa Freedom for Turks

Brussels is likely to open the door for visa-free travel to Europe for Turkish citizens, even if Ankara doesn't fulfill all the conditions imposed. Many in Europe are concerned that it could trigger a wave of new refugees from Turkey itself. 

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Serbian Opposition Rally Claims Election was rigged

 

 

 

Thousands of Serbian opposition supporters demonstrated in Belgrade on Saturday (30.04.2016), accusing the main ruling party of rigging the election and demanding resignations.

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Serbia's Ruling Party Takes Over Northern Province

The victorious Serbian Progressive Party has achieved one of its core election goals in winning control of the province of Vojvodina as well as most of the municipalities.

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Macedonia Protesters Want Say in Vienna Crisis Talks

 

 

 

As anti-government protests in Macedonia gain momentum, the protest leaders are demanding to be part of planned crisis talks brokered by the EU in Vienna.

Protesters from the “Protestiram” ["I Protest"] movement, which unites many civil rights activists and NGOs, are demanding to be part of new EU-assisted crisis talks between the four main political parties planned for Vienna on Friday (222.04.2016).

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Montenegro's Political Leaders Set to Seal Election Deal

 

 

 

Montenegro's warring politicians are to sign an agreement to ensure fair elections after the resignation of the public broadcaster’s editorial team, which the opposition was demanding to ensure balanced reporting.

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Greece: EU approves migrant aid as tensions run higher

 

 

 

With tensions running high at refugee camps and centers around the country, the European Union has approved 83 million euros in financial assistance to Greece and 110 million euros to Turkey as part of the deal between Brussels and Ankara to stem the flow of migrants in Europe.

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New Bulgarian Party Denies Being Turkey's 'Trojan Horse'

 

 

 

New ethnic Turkish DOST party rejects claim that it is the long arm of Ankara - after Bulgarian nationalists urged the courts to block its registration.

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Macedonia President Pardons Politicians Facing Charges

 

 

 

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov on Tuesday (12.04.2016) abruptly pardoned all politicians facing crime investigations - undermining the work of the Special Prosecution, which is tasked with investigating wire-tapping allegations and other alleged crimes.

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Montenegrins Vote Online to Stay out of NATO

 

 

 

Thousands of Montenegrins have taken part in an online referendum on the country's military status organised by a pro-Russian NGO - as pressure continues on the government to hold a national referendum on the issue.

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Pro-Erdogan media take precautions against Panama Papers

The Panama Papers scandal, which led to the resignation of the prime minister of Iceland and has also troubled many other world businessmen, politicians and celebrities, has not yet fully reached Turkey. It has been reported in Turkish media that “101 companies and 10 clients” from Turkey are also involved, and their names will be disclosed in May. So far, therefore, the scandal has had no political repercussions inside Turkey.

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Erdogan threatens EU to cancel deal if the Union fails to deliver on its promises

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that Ankara would not implement the readmission deal if Brussels fail to fulfil their side of the bargain.

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Election Deal Brings Hope of End to Montenegro Crisis

After months of negotiations, Montenegro's ruling and opposition parties are set to sign an agreement on organizing free elections, hopefully ending a prolonged political crisis.

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