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Turkey’s main opposition party quits constitution-making talks

 

 

 

Turkey's main opposition party has declared that it is quitting negotiations with other parties to write a brand new Constitution, citing a deadlock over a demand to impose a presidential system.

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Opposition lawmaker defends Turkey's shelling of PYD

 

 

 

CHP deputy Baykal says Turkey’s recent shelling of PKK and its Syrian affiliate PYD positions in northern Syria aims to prevent new refugee influx.

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Bosnia Split Over EU Membership Application

 

 

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s ruling parties said the country’s EU application was a positive step for the future, but Bosnian Serb political leaders didn’t share their enthusiasm.

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'Hotspot' migrant centres to open in Greece

 

 

 

Greece will open four migrant registration centres in time for an EU summit this week, a government source told AFP on Monday (16.02.2016), as Athens comes under heavy pressure to control the massive influx to Europe.

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Divisions within Turkey’s Opposition Extend Erdoğan’s Rule

The Republican People’s Party (CHP), Turkey’s main secular opposition against the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), held its party congress last month, where it reelected Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu for the fourth consecutive time. 

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Bosnian Serb Leader Postpones Controversial Referendum

 

 

 

Facing growing criticism, the president of Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska postponed a planned referendum which was intended to challenge the authority of the state judiciary.

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Greece: Georgiadis urges Potami to battle populism with ND

 

 

 

Adonis Georgiadis, recently installed as one of New Democracy’s two vice presidents, has urged the centrist Potami party to “join the reformist camp against the populism” of the ruling coalition, adding that anchoring Greece at the EU core must take precedence over strict ideological debate.

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Turkey must cut migrant flows to Europe, top EU official says

 

 

 

Europe needs Turkey to dramatically cut the number of migrants reaching Greece within weeks or the pressure for more border closures and fences will grow, the EU's top official in charge of ties with Ankara warned on 05.02.2016.

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Turkey: Erdogan’s new Kurdish allies

Ahead of the June 7 elections last year, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan put the Kurdish settlement process on hold. Then, addressing a rally in Istanbul in September, he said, “Turkey has no Kurdish problem. Are the Kurds the only ones who have problems? The Lazes, the Circassians have problems too.” 

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Davutoğlu announces 10-part action plan to fight terrorism

 

 

 

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has announced a 10-point action plan to eliminate terrorism in Turkey, saying that from now on the government will treat people who do not resort to violence as partners in the settlement of Turkey's longstanding Kurdish issue and not those who attempt to negotiate with weapons in hand.

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Turkey’s nationalist 'Gray Wolves' enter Syrian fray

Turkish involvement in the Syrian war has been heavily dominated by Islamist fighters, but the conflict has also drawn in an unlikely quarter — Turkish nationalists. The far-right Nationalist Action Party (MHP) and its youth branch, the Idealist Hearths, have recently come into the spotlight with high-profile losses on the Syrian battlefield. The MHP is the main body of Turkey’s ultranationalist movement, also known as the Gray Wolves, whose hall of fame includes failed papal assassin Mehmet Ali Agca. The Alperen Hearths, the youth branch of the smaller Great Union Party, which represents the ultranationalist movement’s Islamist-leaning wing, are also visibly interested in the Syrian war.

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The European Commission welcomed the agreement on the €3 billion Refugee Facility for Turkey

European politicians have reached a compromise on the €3 billion Refugee Fund for Turkey, on 03.02.2016.

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Greece: General strike against the pension system reform plans

Police estimate that over 60,000 attended the GSEE/ADEDY and PAME rallies in the city center of Athens.

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UN Blames Kosovo Opposition for Stalling Dialogue

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has voiced concern about the violent tactics of Kosovo's opposition parties, saying they have undermined agreements between Belgrade and Pristina.

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Greece: Gov’t decided the active participation of the Defence Ministry on the refugee crisis

 

 

 

The Greek Government proceeds with the acceleration of the works for the timely completion of the refugee reception centers and migrant (hotspots) on five islands (Samos, Lesbos, Chios, Kos and Leros) and the two relocation centers inland, having decided the active participation of the Ministry of Defence on 31.01.2016.

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