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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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Romanian Hungarians Continue Demands for More Rights

 

 

 

The re-elected leader of the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians from Romania said the party would continue to demand more legal, educational and cultural rights for the community it represents.

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Macedonia Opposition: PM ‘Ordered Attack on Mayor’

 

 

 

The Macedonian Prime Minister ordered a physical attack on an opposition mayor in 2013, the opposition alleged as it revealed its latest batch of wiretapped conversations between top officials.

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Erdoğan: US-style presidency inefficient, need for Turkish-type

 

 

 

Speaking to a group of journalist en route to Turkey from Kazakhstan, Erdoğan explained what kind of presidential system he will establish in Turkey if the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) obtains an absolute majority in Parliament in the upcoming June 7, 2015 general election.

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US Urges Macedonia to Probe Wiretap Claims

A US State Department official said the Macedonian government must address accusations of wrongdoing raised by secretly-recorded tapes of top officials’ conversations released by the opposition.

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Kosovo Opposition Parties Plan Anti-Government Protest

Kosovo opposition parties have united to call a joint protest against the governing coalition's policies, accusing it of taking over judicial and media institutions.

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EU Parliament urges Turkey to recognise 'Armenian genocide'

 

 

 

The European Parliament on Wednesday (16.04.2015) urged Turkey to use the centenary of Ottoman-era massacres to "recognise the Armenian genocide" and help promote reconciliation between the two peoples.

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Serb Party’s Resolution ‘Threatens Peace’ in Bosnia

 

 

 

A leading Serb party’s announcement that it will adopt a resolution about a free and independent Bosnian Serb entity has sparked allegations of separatism and attempted political destabilisation.

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Pope uttering ‘genocide’ angers Turks, Vatican ambassador recalled

 

 

 

The pope Francis called the mass killings of Armenians at the end of World War I under Ottoman rule “the first genocide of the 20th century” during his Sunday Mass (12.04.2015), and immediately after it Turkey called its ambassador to the Vatican back to Ankara for consultation.

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Serbian PM Vows to Stop Albanians Uniting

 

 

 

Folllowing a misquoted report of the Albanian PM's TV interview, Serbia's Aleksandar Vucic went on Twitter to say he will never allow Albania and Kosovo to become one state.

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Bosnian Serb Party to Block 'Illegal' State Government

 

 

 

Disgruntled by being kicked out of the ruling coalition on the state level, the main Bosnian Serb party is threatening to expand its blockade of the work of state institutions.

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Josipovic to Form New Left Party in Croatia

The former Croatian President - and former senior figure in the Social Democrats - on Tuesday said he was forming his own centre-left party that will run in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

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EU says Albania comment on Kosovo unification 'not acceptable'

 

 

 

The EU foreign service has described Albanian remarks on Kosovo unification as “provocative” and “not acceptable”.

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Gabriel slams Greek demands for WWII reparations

 

 

 

Greece’s demands for WWII reparations from Germany, amid the debate over solving its debt problems, were met with criticism from Germany's Minister of Economic Affairs, and calls from the Greens for a ruling in the International Court of Justice. EurActiv Germany reports.

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Turkish gov’t slammed for turning blind eye to Greek seizure of Aegean islands

While the Turkish Foreign Ministry has called on Greek officials to refrain from inflammatory remarks that could hamper efforts to bring a lasting resolution to the decades-old Aegean dispute, the Turkish opposition slammed the government for its inaction and failure to address the Greek occupation of 16 islands and islets since 2004.

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