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Gruevski’s visit to the US, comments and debates in Skopje

 

 

 

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski’s visit to Washington has been accompanied with different comments and debates in Skopje.

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Erdoğan accuses academics of being fifth column

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has sharply criticized a group of Turkish academics for their call to end violence in Turkey's Southeast, accusing them of being a fifth column of foreign power destined to undermine Turkey's national security.

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Kosovo mess: Made in the EU

 

 

 

On 25 August, 2015  Kosovo and Serbia signed the second “landmark” deal toward “normalisation of relations.” Building on an earlier accord, it clarifies arrangements for the Association/Community of Serb Municipalities (ASM) in Kosovo.

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Greece: Mitsotakis wins New Democracy leadership, pledges to take on coalition

 

 

 

Former administrative reform minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has caused an upset by winning the New Democracy leadership in a fairly tight vote on Sunday (10.01.2016).

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Bulgaria: Ousted MRF leader Mestan sais he remains in politics

Lyutvi Mestan, ousted as leader and as a member of the Bulgarian Parliament’s third-largest party the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, said on January 7, 2016 that he was staying in politics.

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President Erdoğan calls for arrest of more pro-Kurdish politicians

 

 

 

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called for the arrest of more pro-Kurdish politicians by saying that Parliament and the judiciary have to act as required when considering how to treat politicians who act as if they were members of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

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Mr. Erdogan Crosses Yet Another Line

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey marched across another line last week. Asked about his push for greatly enhanced executive powers, he told reporters that there was a precedent in “Hitler’s Germany.”

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Serbia's Ruling Parties Eye Poll Gains in Province

 

 

 

The two main ruling parties in Serbia have agreed to run separately in the forthcoming local elections in the province of Vojvodina - where they are tipped to trounce opposition parties.

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Bulgarian – Turkish relations cannot depend on a political crisis in a party: BG Foreign minister

 

 

 

Bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Turkey cannot depend on a political crisis in one or another party or the actions of one or another Bulgarian or Turkish politician, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov said on January 6, referring to the recent uproar around the deposed leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, Lyutvi Mestan.

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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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