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Macedonian, Greek, Nationalists Mobilize Against 'Name' Deal

As optimism grows about a rapid solution to Macedonia's dispute with Greece over its name, nationalists on both sides of the border are rallying against a possible compromise solution.

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President Erdoğan openly says US is behind Gülen

The court case in which a former Turkish banking executive was found guilty of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran is a clear indication that the U.S. is behind the Pennsylvania-based preacher Fethullah Gülen, believed to be the mastermind of the July 2016 coup attempt, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said on 07.01.2017.

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Albanian President on Orthodox Archbishop’s citizenship, UN Vote

Albanian President, Ilir Meta, said the decision to give Albanian citizenship to Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durres and All Albania was fair. 

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The ‘Macedonian issue’

Late conservative prime minister Constantinos Mitsotakis said in February 1993 that the name dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) was not that important, adding that “no one will remember [the incident] 10 years from now.”

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Research ship harassed by Turkish coast guard

The Meteor, a research ship conducting research on behalf of the University of Heidelberg in Germany in the sea between Samothrace and Limnos in the eastern Aegean, was harassed on Friday (28.12.2017) by Turkish coast guard officers who warned the captain to leave, saying the vessel was in Turkish waters.

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Kosovo’s minister for Integration: Demarcation should be ratified before the visa free regime is introduced

Kosovo’s minister for European Integration, Dhurata Hoxha declared today (26.12.2017) that she’s expecting from the political class to find the necessary consensus needed to ratify the agreement for the border deal with Montenegro.

According to her, it is very important for demarcation to be approved and citizens of Kosovo not to remain isolated.

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Berlin offers new model for Turkey, EU

An EU agreement with Britain on relations after Brexit could serve as a model for ties with other countries that want to be as close as possible to the bloc but are not yet ready to join, such as Ukraine and Turkey, Germany’s Foreign Minister has said.

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Hristijan Mickoski to Lead Macedonia's Frail Opposition

Macedonia’s opposition right-wing VMRO DPMNE party elected Hristijan Mickoski as its new leader on Saturday (23.12.2017). He will succeed embattled former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who assumed party leadership in 2003. 

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Albania’s vote against the USA in the UN

A debate has sparked in Albania a few hours after authorities in Tirana decided to vote against the decision of the US, which decided to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. President Trump decided to move the US embassy there and called on other countries to do the same.

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Macedonia sets for a referendum on the dispute over the name

Every solution over the name dispute should be made through a national referendum, where citizens will decide whether they will accept the country’s new name, as a compromise with Greece.

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Maltese law firm confirms Erdoğan company offshore bank account

Shipping firm owned by Turkish leader’s brother-in-law opened account in Malta. 20 December 2017, 8:00am

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Serbia sets sight on enhancing overall relations with Russia

MOSCOW, December 19, 2017 /TASS/. Belgrade intends to better its ties with Russia across the board, Serbia’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said during his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. 

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Greece – FYROM: A solution to the name issue, and dealing with it at home

For a number of reasons – most importantly the election of pragmatist Zoran Zaev as prime minister of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) – it seems that we can expect a coordinated and well-planned effort to resolve the lingering name dispute between Athens and Skopje over the next six months.

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USA donates 30 million euros for the consolidation of the state of Kosovo

President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci and the US ambassador, Greg Delawie have signed on 19.12.2017 the Agreement on the Grant of Development Objectives.

The President of Kosovo said that a grant agreement with USAID was also signed tthe same day

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Turkey says regrets to see veto of UN resolution on Jerusalem

Turkey regrets the vetoing by the United States on Dec. 18, 2017 of a U.N. Security Council resolution that called for the U.S. declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital to be withdrawn, the Turkish Foreign Ministry has said.

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