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Greece: Terrorist group says November blast at industrialists' HQ was for workers

 

 

 

The Popular Fighters Group (ELA), which claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on the headquarters of Greece’s industrialists in Athens in November, has issued a proclamation saying it carried out the attack in defense of workers’ rights and against businessmen who support the implementation of bailout measures.

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Macedonian Prime Minister ‘to Resign as Agreed’

 

 

 

Macedonia’s embattled PM Nikola Gruevski confirmed he will step down this week or next, but the name of his interim successor who will hold snap polls in April remains unknown.

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The rapid rise and fall of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party

 

 

 

Half a year ago, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) spearheaded by Selahattin Demirtas, its young, charismatic leader, was the rising star in Turkish politics. The party, with its roots in the violent Kurdish political movement dominated by the armed and illegal Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), had recast itself as a left-liberal, inclusive peacenik movement and a bulwark against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s growing authoritarianism. As a result, it emerged from the June 7, 2017 general elections with some 13.1% of the vote, doubling its usual mandate. Since then, however, the HDP’s meteoric rise has been reversed by a meteoric fall.

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Yianis Varoufakis ... in a theater near you

 

 

 

The German socialist newspaper “Neues Deutschland” reported on Sunday (03.01.2016) that Yianis wants a movement that will “reform” EU institutions, whilst also saving the project of European Integration from “creeping fragmentation.” The “revelation” had first come from the Italian site espresso.repubblica.it., but not the tantalizing detail of a launch in Berlin, Germany, meters away from the iconic foe, Wolfgang Schäuble, is precious.

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Bosnia ready to apply for EU membership

 

 

 

Bosnia is preparing to officially apply in January to join the European Union, in spite of the fact that it lags behind most of its neighbours.

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Bosnian Serb Govt Spars with Unions over Reforms

 

 

 

Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska is bracing for a clash with trade unions and the opposition over a new labour law which is a key to getting new financial support from the IMF.

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Bulgaria’s MRF central council dismisses Mestan as leader and member of party

A special meeting of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms on December 24, 2015 fired Lyutvi Mestan as leader of the party and from all party posts, from the parliamentary group and expelled him from the party.

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Greek Minority Leader Disappointed With Albania Govt

 

 

 

The Greek minority party leader Vangjel Dule says Edi Rama is letting ties with Greece deteriorate while running the country through ‘a closed circle’.

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Pharma Company Boss Named Croatian PM

 

 

 

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic named pharmaceutical company director Tihomir Oreskovic as prime minister designate, signalling an end to the post-election political stand-off.

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Romania’s Parliament approves budget for 2016

 

 

 

Romania’s Parliament adopted on December 15 the articles of the state budget for 2016.

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EU warms to Turkey, Serbia membership bids

The European Union revived Turkey's membership bid on Monday (14 Dcember) and opened accession talks with Serbia, showing how a migration crisis and Russia's presence in the Balkans has prompted the EU to rethink plans to stop expanding.

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Davutoğlu: Turkey could hold separate referenda on constitution, presidential system

 

 

 

Turkey may hold two separate referenda on whether to adopt a new constitution, and a proposed move to an executive presidential system, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on 14.12.2015.

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Macedonia: Political leaders to meet in Skopje on 15.12.2015 about the crisis

 

 

 

The political crisis in FYROM continues and political parties are yet to find compromise for the implementation of the June 2 agreement. VMRO-DPMNE in power and SDSM (Macedonian Social Democratic Union) are disputing on the State Election Commission and the big reforms.

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Serbia Readies to Open First EU Chapters

 

 

 

Serbia opens the first two chapters in its EU membership negotiations on December 14, 2015 - which leaders have said will be an historic day for the country.

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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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