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Erdoğan’s Reckless Referendum Ploy

The Turkish Parliament on Tuesday held the first of two rounds of voting necessary to amend the constitution to lift parliamentary immunity for lawmakers. This move is merely the latest in President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s broader strategy of mobilizing nationalist sentiment against pro-Kurdish deputies in a bid to consolidate his own power.

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Montenegro Prime Minister Boycotts Own Reshuffle

Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic refused to address parliament and propose a new cabinet on Monday after opposition MPs insulted him in the chamber last Friday (13.06.2016).

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Macedonia Court Calls Halt to June 5 Elections

In a blow to plans by Macedonia’s ruling party to press on with elections on June 5, 2016, the Constitutional Court has ruled that the dissolution of parliament ahead of the polls was unconstitutional.

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'War of Rallies' Underlines Bosnian Serb Divisions

Two parallel rallies, organized by ruling and opposition parties, passed without incident but underlined the tensions and deep political divisions among Bosnian Serbs.

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Macedonia’s Albanian minority parties to join election boycott

Two Albanian political parties in Macedonia said yesterday (11 May 2016) they would join a boycott of parliamentary elections on 5 June, in order to protest government control over the media and state bodies, raising doubts about the viability of the poll.

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Erdogan: Turkey will not become vegetarian lion

The change of the presidential system in Turkey is necessary, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday during a speech at the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).

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EP stops work on Turkey visa waiver

MEPs have stopped work on plans to give Turks visa-free access to the EU’s Schengen zone, putting a wider migrant deal in doubt.

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Bulgarian minority party ABC to vote on leaving coalition government

 

 

 

The national council of minority socialist party ABC said on May 10, 2016 that it was recommending that the party quit Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov’s coalition government.

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EU-Turkey deal not binding, says EP legal chief

The legal arm of the European Parliament on Monday (9 May 2016) spoke out against the EU deal with Turkey.

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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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