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"Republic of Kosovo" Table Sparks Anger in Montenegro

Police removed a plaque reading "Republic of Kosovo" set on the territory of Montenegro by the Kosovo opposition and announced it will use "diplomatic channels" to resolve the violation of the state border.

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Croatia, Britain, Stop Serbia Opening Chapter

Serbia will not be able to open Chapter 23 in its EU membership talks, as it had hoped to do, following objections from Croatia and Britain.

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How Erdogan’s personal ambitions impact war in Turkey’s southeast

ANKARA, Turkey — Binali Yildirim had been prime minister only two weeks when suicide bombers from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and its affiliate, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, detonated two car bombs — one in Istanbul, one in Midyat, southeast Turkey. They killed 18 people.

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Erdogan Apologized for Turkey Shooting Down Bomber

President Vladimir Putin received a message from his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, expressing deep regret over the incident, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

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OSCE Fears Tensions Ahead of Montenegro Election

As the deadline for elections in Montenegro nears, the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights has expressed concern over political tensions and poor levels of media freedom.

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Gabriela Firea was sworn in as Bucharest mayor on Thursday evening, June 23, 2016

Several members of her party, the Social Democratic Party PSD, attended the ceremony, including party president Liviu Dragnea.

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Anti-PKK operations over, time for reconstruction: Turkish PM

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has declared the end of military operations in Turkey’s southeast and said the government is entering a “second phase” by launching a massive campaign for the reconstruction of cities damaged by clashes between the security forces and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).  

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Tensions High at Mass Protest in Macedonian Capital

Tens of thousands of people showed up at the massive anti-government rally in Macedonia’s capital Skopje on Monday evening - which took place amid high tensions after the authorities missed a deadline to meet key demands.

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Bulgaria MPs Back Nationwide Burqa Ban

Parliamentarians have given overwhelmingly support for a draft law banning the wearing of veils in public places, with only ethnic Turkish MPs voting against.

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Is ‘illiberal democracy’ catching up to Croatia or not?

 

 

 

Croatians insist they are culturally and geographically, central European. However, with the rise of “illiberal democracy” in nearby countries such as Hungary, Poland and to a lesser extent Slovakia, and after Austria almost elected a far-right politician as its president, one might ask if Croatia would be well-advised to play down its central European credentials. Or are there, in fact, signs that illiberal democracy is spreading into Croatia?

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Serbia Leader Scraps Planned US-Brussels Tour

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has confirmed that he has cancelled scheduled visits to Washington and Brussels - but without clarifying the exact reasons.

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Bosniak leader pays tribute to Serb victims

Bosniak leader Bakir Izetbegovic, one of Bosnia's three heads of state, has paid tribute to civilians murdered by Muslims during the Bosnian war in 1993.

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Albanian Minority Party One Step Closer to Serbian Government

After many years of conflicts and cold relations, there is a glimmer of hope for cooperation between the state of Serbia and its Albanian minority.

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The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Recommendations of the Senior Experts' Group on systemic Rule of Law issues relating to the communications interception revealed in spring 2015. Brussels, 8 June 2015

Background and working methodology: In light of the large number of illegally intercepted communications, which have been published at regular intervals since 9 February 2015, and in particular of the systemic problems which they have revealed or confirmed, the European Commission (DG Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations) recruited a group of independent1 senior rule of law experts to carry out a rapid analysis of the situation and provide recommendations to address these issues. The group's expert members have extensive professional experience in a variety of rule of law related fields (law enforcement, interception of communications, the prosecution service and the judiciary, human rights, transition reform) and were already familiar with the country from previous professional assignments for the European Commission, the Council of Europe and other organisations. The group was led by retired Commission Director, Reinhard Priebe.

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Croatia's Ruling HDZ Calls for PM's Dismissal

The leader of the senior ruling coalition party, the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, said he will file a motion for the dismissal of PM Tihomir Oreskovic, deepening the country's political crisis.

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