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Turkey detains Diyarbakır mayors on ‘terrorism’ links

A Turkish court has ordered the detention of the two mayors of Diyarbakır, the largest city in the predominantly Kurdish southeast of the country, accusing them of “terrorist” activities linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

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President given power to directly appoint rectors to universities in Turkey

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will be able to appoint rectors to universities directly without having to consider the preferences of academics following the imposition of the latest state of emergency decree on Oct. 29, 2016.

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Macedonia's Ruling Party Tries to Foil Rival Coalition

Macedonia’s ruling centre-right VMRO DPMNE party is trying to stymie the formation of a strong opposition centre-right alliance for the December elections using tempting coalition offers.

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Turkey, US top law officials talk Gülen extradition

Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on Oct. 26, 2016 that he had “a productive conversation” with his American counterpart, Loretta Lynch, regarding the extradition of the leader of the Gülenist organization, Fethullah Gülen.  

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Greece: ND consolidate a double-digit lead over SYRIZA in latest poll

64% believe economic conditions in Greece will worsen in next year.

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Запад отвергает Эрдогана, мечтая о Турции

Президентский дворец Реджепа Эрдогана столкнулся с большими трудностями. Ахмет Давутоглу ушел с поста премьер министра.

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Council conclusions on Bosnia and Herzegovina, 17 October 2016

On 17 October 2016, the Council adopted conclusions on Bosnia and Herzegovina, taking stock of recent political developments in the country. The Council reiterated its unequivocal commitment to the EU perspective of Bosnia and Herzegovina as single, united and sovereign country, adopting the following conclusions:

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Bosnian Serb Opposition Party Elects New Leader

After its debacle in the local elections, the Serbian Democratic Party, SDS, the main opposition party in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity, has elected Vukota Govedarica as leader.

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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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