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Turkish PM rejects MHP call to declare martial law

 

 

 

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has rejected a demand by a nationalist leader to declare martial law in one part of the country amid increased violence and reports of almost daily deaths of Turkish security services.

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Serbia PM Dangles Prospect of Early Elections

 

 

 

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on Wednesday announced possible early elections - though some critics say polls would be frivolous when the government has a stable majority.

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Montenegro Opposition Plans Wave of Protests

 

 

 

Montenegro's strongest opposition alliance, the Democratic Front, is planning a series of anti-government rallies in September, calling on the government to resign and hold new elections.

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Greece: Tsipras resigns, paving way for snap elections

 

 

 

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned on Thursday (20.08.2015), heralding snap elections, most probably for 20.09.2015, in an attempt to consolidate his hold on power amid a mounting rebellion within SYRIZA against a new bailout signed with the country’s creditors.

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Tsipras wins bailout vote, faces widening rebellion

 

 

 

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras confronted a widening rebellion within his leftist Syriza party as parliament voted to approve the country's third financial rescue by foreign creditors in five years.

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Fight Against PKK Boosts Turkey Coalition-building

News that the leaders of Turkey's two largest political parties will meet again to discuss forming a governing coalition caught many observers by surprise, given the widely held view that the coalition-building efforts were doomed. But with the conflict with the PKK Kurdish rebel group escalating, pressure to form a coalition government is growing, although large obstacles remain.

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Greek PM opts for limited reshuffle

 

 

 

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras opted for a limited cabinet reshuffle on Friday, suggesting that his main aim for the time being is to stabilize his government and see through the next few weeks of negotiations with the country’s lenders.

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German lawmakers back Greek bailout talks after Merkel's chaos warning

German lawmakers gave their go ahead on Friday (17.07.2015) for the euro zone to negotiate a third bailout for Greece, heeding a warning from Chancellor Angela Merkel that the alternative to a deal with Athens was chaos.

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Bosnian Serb Referendum Meets Chorus of Condemnation

Western Diplomats and Bosniak politicians have slated the Bosnian Serb Assembly decision to hold a referendum on the authority of the state judiciary and the Office of the High Representative.

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Albania Ruling Coalition Scores Muted Local Polls Win

With most of the votes counted, Albania's ruling left-wing coalition has won or is leading in most municipalities but could not repeat its landslide victory in the 2013 general elections.

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Macedonia PM to go as part of EU-brokered deal

 

 

 

Macedonia's four largest political parties have reached a deal that will see prime minister Nikola Gruevski resign and is hoped to ease tensions in the former Yugoslav republic.

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Gul calls out Erdogan at iftar

The June 7 elections not only ended the 12-year rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), but they also appear to be the beginning of a change in Turkey’s foreign policy orientation. Up for debate is Ankara’s untenable position in the Middle East, where it has no say over developments despite the dire affect those developments have on its security and economic interests.

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Deal with lenders approved despite strong SYRIZA opposition

 

 

 

The prior actions bill was supported by 229 MPs, rejected by 64, while 6 abstained.

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Varoufakis on the Euro Summit’s Statement on Greece: First thoughts

In the next hours and days, I shall be sitting in Parliament to assess the legislation that is part of the recent Euro Summit agreement on Greece.

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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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