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Nuland’s Balkan Tour

The US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, reached Macedonia on Monday (13.07.2015), part of a Balkan tour aimed at resolving several key disputes.

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Romania: PSD Chairman is stepping down

PM Ponta announces stepping down from PSD chairman until proving innocence before justice

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EU, UK 'deplore' violence at Srebrenica memorial

 

 

 

A bottle, shoe, and stone-throwing crowd forced the Serb PM to flee the Srebrenica memorial in Bosnia on Saturday (11 July 2015).

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Turkey Says Refugee Burden Unsustainable

Turkish officials said they will be unable to cope with any new influx of refugees from the civil war in Syria, warning that Europe could be faced with growing numbers of Syrians trying to reach its shores aboard people-smugglers' boats.

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After government defections, Tsipras expected to reshuffle cabinet

 

 

 

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to reshuffle his cabinet next week after 17 MPs of leftist Syriza, including two ministers and the speaker of Parliament, broke ranks with the government in a vote early on Saturday on Greece's proposal to creditors.

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Government submits reform proposal to institutions and Parliament

Although the institutions have welcomed the proposal, Lafazanis and Kammenos have not signed it

Friday, July 10, 2015

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Macedonia Opposition: Snap Election Deal is Dead

 

 

 

Macedonia's opposition on Wednesday (08.07.2015) said that crisis talks with the government had failed, there will be no early elections and it will resume its protests and publish more recorded conversations of top officials.

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Rival Bosnian Serb Blocs Battle Over Referendum

 

 

 

Bosnian Serb ruling and opposition blocs head towards a major showdown over a referendum that threatens to further destabilize the country.

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Gruevski Fights Shy of New Macedonia Talks

 

 

 

The long-awaited fresh meeting of political leaders, aimed at finding a way out of Macedonia's political turmoil is still uncertain, with the PM saying the conditions are not yet ripe.

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Turkey: Opposition leaders slam delay in formation of gov’t

 

 

 

Three weeks having passed since the top election authority announced the official results of the June 7 general election, opposition parties have mounted criticism against the president for taking his time in giving the mandate to form a government.

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Tsipras secures domestic backing for last-gasp effort at deal

 

 

 

Greece’s new Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras travel to Brussels on Tuesday with the aim of keeping the country in the eurozone but with most of its partners seeming to have decided that an exit would be more preferable.

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Macedonian Albanians Form New Oppositon Party

Zijadin Sela, a longstanding faction leader in the opposition Democratic Party of Albanians, has formed a new political party after failing to take control over the DPA.

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Tsipras, Merkel agree to discuss Greece's proposals at summit

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by telephone Monday and agreed that Athens would present proposals to a eurozone summit the next day, a Greek government source said.

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Finance Minister Varoufakis announces resignation

In his message he noted that certain Eurogroup partners 'preferred' his absence from the meetings.

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