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FYROM bid to bypass Athens on name spat

 

 

 

An attempt by Gjorge Ivanov, the president of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, where ethnic strife reignited over the weekend, to blame Greece for the Balkan nation’s stalled efforts to join international alliances has not surprised Greek diplomats, Kathimerini daily understands.

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EU, US 'cast serious doubt' on Macedonia's commitment to democracy

 

 

 

The United States and major European powers on Monday (11 May) questioned the Macedonian government's commitment to democracy and European values over its failure to address allegations of abuse of power, piling pressure on leader Nikola Gruevski following a weekend of bloodshed.

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Hahn, Vučić discuss resuming Serbia negotiations

 

 

 

Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn's visit to Serbia on 7 May was marked by the question as to why the accession negotiations process is stalled, with no chapters having opened more than a year after their official launch. As it emerged, Belgrade and Brussels have opposing views on the situation.

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Croat Party Boycotts Bosnia Federation Govt

 

 

 

Ministers from the main Bosnian Croat party boycotted the session of the Federation government Thursday (08.05.2015), raising concerns about the stability of the ruling coalition in the entity.

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Romania Social Democrats Woo Ally to Secure Power

 

 

 

The main ruling Social Democratic Party has signed a new partnership deal with a junior ally in order to bolster the government's majority in parliament.

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Will Erdogan's backtracking torpedo PKK disarmament?

 

 

 

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent outbursts against the peace process with the Kurds have led to a profound confusion: Is Turkey gearing up for a new war with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the run-up to the general elections?

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Five Police Killed in Gunbattle in Macedonia

 

 

 

Interior Minister says five police killed and many others injured in battles with gunmen in the northern town of Kumanovo.

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German FM Hails Montenegro as Balkan Success

 

 

 

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier lavished praise on Montenegro's commitment to the EU and NATO integration process at a meeting with the Montenegrin leader in Berlin.

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Macedonia Protesters Return to Streets After Clashes

 

 

 

Several thousand mostly young people rallied in Skopje for a second consecutive day against alleged police brutality, demanding the resignation of Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska.

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Serbian army to take part in Moscow parade

 

 

 

Serbia will take part in the 9 May Victory Day Parade in Moscow, marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WW II. Serbian officials are reported to be saying that this does not reflect Serbia’s attitude toward European integration, and its obligations at the helm of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). EurActiv Serbia reports.

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Turkey Opposition Puts $16B Price Tag on Neighborhood Wars

 

 

 

Turkey's main opposition party says the Syrian civil war and the conflict in Iraq have cost the country more than $16 billion in the past four years in refugee costs, lost import and export opportunities, and reduced tourism revenue, and it blames President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for having worsened the economic fallout for Turkey from the neighboring conflicts by pursuing what it calls "wrong policies."

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Turkey: MHP’s election manifesto promises welfare to disadvantaged

 

 

 

In the Nationalist Movement Party's (MHP) election manifesto, promises for improving the situation of economically disadvantaged segments of society weigh as heavily as criticism of the ruling party for risking the nation's unity by negotiating a settlement on the Kurdish issue.

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Commission Approves Stability Deal for Kosovo

 

 

 

Kosovo welcomed news that the European Commission had approved an SAA for the country - although it remains unclear how and when the landmark agreement will be ratified.

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Steinmeier: No new conditions for Serbia accession

 

 

 

On Tuesday (28 April 2015), German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier reassured Serbia that there would be no new conditions for the candidate country’s progress toward EU membership. EurActiv Serbia reports.

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Macedonia Albanian Leader Urges Peaceful End to Crisis

 

 

 

The head of the main ethnic Albanian party in Macedonia has pledged his party's continued commitment to peace and dialogue during a visit to Kosovo.  

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