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What threats does Albania face?

 

 

 

Two world financial giants, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan, have carried out a thorough analysis regarding the perspective of the Albanian economy. The attention has been focused on several key points such as corruption, high public debt and threat fro, ISIS.

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Bulgaria’s Reformist Bloc drama: DSB in opposition, Moskov remains in Cabinet

The Democrats for a Strong Bulgaria (DSB) party, part of the centre-right Reformist Bloc coalition, has decided (on12.12.2015) to follow DSB leader Radan Kanev into opposition – but Health Minister Petar Moskov, a DSB member, will remain a Cabinet member.

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Bosnian Serbs Halt Cooperation with State Police, Court

 

 

 

Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity has suspended all cooperation with the state-level police, court and prosecution in a dramatic escalation of the country’s political crisis.

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Violence ‘May Be Only Solution in Kosovo’, Expert

 

 

 

DPC Senior Associate Bodo Weber blames Western interference for the deadlock in Kosovo - and warns that it may be too late for a peaceful resolution.

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Croatia heads for fresh elections

 

 

 

A month following Croatia’s legislative elections on November 8th, Zagreb is bracing for a second round. According to a recent poll, only 28% of the electorate want fresh election, that now seems unavoidable. According to Croatia’s Constitution, unless a government is formed within 60 days after elections, the President must call for new elections. A government is not likely to emerge.

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Greece: Mouzalas pledges to resolve problems at Idomeni, wants to avoid violence

 

 

 

Alternate Minister for Migration Policy pledged on 07.12.2015 that authorities would ease overcrowding at Greece’s border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) but said the government wants to avoid outbreaks of violence.

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Bosniak Leaders Condemn Violent Extremism

 

 

 

Bosniak political and religious leaders signed a joint statement condemning terrorism and violent extremism and calling on Muslims to distance themselves from radical ideas.

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No Coup Attempt in Serbia, Says PM Vucic

 

 

 

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that rumours of an attempted coup spread by his allies turned out to be untrue, but claimed there are ongoing attempts to undermine his government.

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Serbian PM Denies Blackmail, Takes Polygraph Test

 

 

 

Police said Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic took a lie-detector test to prove he is innocent of media blackmail allegations, which his allies claim were invented as part of a plot to overthrow him.

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EU Accepts Backstage Role in Montenegro Talks

 

 

 

The EU has welcomed the Montenegrin speaker's move to start talks on solving the political crisis in the country - but Brussels will not be directly involved in the negotiations.

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EU split over refugee deal as Germany leads breakaway coalition

 

 

 

Angela Merkel holds surprise mini-summit in Brussels with nine EU countries willing to take large numbers after meeting resistance to mandatory sharing scheme

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Meeting of heads of state or government with Turkey - EU-Turkey statement, 29/11/2015

 

 

 

Meeting of Leaders of the European Union with their Turkish counterpart

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Croatia Suggests Dropping the Term "Western Balkans"

 

 

 

Nearly a year after her winning the elections, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović scores her first big foreign affairs success. It happened at the summit of the Brdo-Brijuni Process states in Zagreb on November 25th, which had American Vice-President Joe Biden as a guest of honour. European Council President Donald Tusk (Poland, EPP) also participated.

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SUMMIT FOR EU INTEGRATION, ANTI-TERRORISM

 

 

 

ZAGREB, 26. NOV. 2015 – Leaders of the West Balkans, the European Union and the U.S. affirmed commitment to EU expansion to South East Europe and to the common fight against the threat of terror at the summit of the Brdo-Brijuni process, BETA News Agency reported.

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