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Balkan Summit Urged to Tackle Bilateral Disputes

 

 

 

Western Balkan countries must step up their efforts to resolve bilateral disputes with EU help, civil society groups on Thursday (27.08.2015) told the Western Balkans Summit in Vienna.

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Turkey: Survey reveals more than 78 pct of nation against presidential system

 

 

 

A survey conducted by the Gezici Research Company has revealed that 78.3 percent of the Turkish people are against a change of the system in Turkey from the current parliamentary system to a presidential system in which the president has more executive powers.

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Четырехсторнний пат Турции

 

 

 

В парламент прошли  четыре политические силы: правящая Партия Справедливости и Развития (ПСР), кемалисты из Народно-Республиканской партии (НРП), националисты из Партии национального действия (ПНД) и прокурдская Демократическая Партия Народов (ПНД).

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Merkel meets Balkan leaders over spiraling migrants crisis

 

 

 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Balkan leaders gathered in Vienna Thursday (27.08.2015) to seek how to tackle together the biggest migration crisis to hit Europe since World War II.

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Opposition fails to rally against president’s violations, experts say

 

 

 

Despite accusing the president of blatantly violating the Constitution and the law, the opposition parties -- which hold the majority of seats in Parliament -- have so far failed to mount stronger resistance to the president's trampling of the laws of the land.

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Serbia and Kosovo Reach Four Key Agreements

 

 

 

Serbian and Kosovo on Tuesday reached four key agreements in what the EU called a landmark achievement in the normalisation process, enabling both sides to advance on their European path.

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Orwell’s 1984 comes to life in Erdogan’s 2015 Turkey

 

 

 

In his cult novel "1984," George Orwell described a dystopian world of people under constant government surveillance. In a letter to an American trade unionist, Orwell wrote he believed a society similar to the one he imagined could one day become a reality.

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Serbia and Kosovo sign 'landmark' deal

 

 

 

Serbia and Kosovo reached agreement Tuesday (25 August 2015) on key issues for better relations between the two countries, and between Albanian and Serbian people in Kosovo.

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Five mayors, one HDP official arrested in Southeast after declarations of autonomy

 

 

 

Three district co-mayors in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, two co-mayors in Hakkari province and one provincial official from the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) in Hakkari were arrested on Sunday (23.08.2015) after they declared autonomy from the Turkish state last week, a development that comes amid ongoing turmoil in Turkey's Southeast.

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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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