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Montenegro Ruling Party To Purge Senior Ranks

 

 

 

Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic plans to get rid of most senior officials in his Democratic Party of Socialists at the party congress scheduled for Saturday (20.06.2015).

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Greece's debt 'illegal, illegitimate and odious', says audit committee

 

 

 

The Greek debt is "illegal, illegitimate and odious" and should not be repaid, the Truth Committee on Public Debt said Wednesday (17.06.2015) in a preliminary report. The committee was established in April by the Greek Parliament to audit the debt and determine if it infriges on the Greeks' human rights.

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Tsipras ready to take responsibility for rejecting aid deal

 

 

 

Parliament speaker refuses to accept report containing central banker warnings

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Macedonia Opposition Gives Gruevski Deadline to Go

 

 

 

Opposition leader Zoran Zaev said Macedonia's Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski must quit at least six months before any new elections - and, if a deal on this fails, the protests will be radicalized.

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Turkey: Snap vote ’inevitable’ if no gov’t formed by deadline, says president

 

 

 

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said a snap election would be "inevitable" if both the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the main opposition fail in efforts to form a new government within the constitutional limit of 45 days.

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Belgrade ‘Blackmailed Over Kosovo’, Says Serbian PM

 

 

 

Despite making progress toward EU integration Serbia is being “blackmailed” over the Kosovo issue, claims Aleksandar Vucic, the country’s prime minister.

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Romanian government survives no-confidence vote

 

 

 

Victor Ponta's leftist government easily survived a no-confidence motion in Romania's parliament as expected on Friday (12 June), securing the prime minister's political immunity in a corruption investigation.

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The new Balkans order: Albanians the most powerful

US, UK and Germany, key members of Euro-Atlantic Partnership will initiate a new order for the Balkans, according to the Serbian daily “Blic”. This “new order” will make the Albanians the most powerful people in the Western Balkans, report says.

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Romania's Ponta Vows to Survive Confidence Vote

Prime Minister Victor Ponta is confident that his government will survive Friday's (12.06.2015) no-confidence vote, despite remaining the object of corruption allegations.

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Macedonia Albanians Stage Anti-Gruevski Protest

An Albanian political movement, Besa, has scheduled a protest march in Skopje on Saturday, June 13, seeking the resignation of Nikola Gruevski’s government and admissions of responsibility from its ethnic Albanian ministers.

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Hahn Presses Balkan Govts on Media Freedom

EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn told a BIRN conference that media freedom in the Balkans has become a major concern that must be addressed urgently.

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Turkey's AKP Party Struggles to Mend Internal Rift

In the wake of its worst-ever electoral setback, Turkey's former ruling party, the AKP, faces a protracted analysis of what went wrong during its parliamentary election campaign – a debate that is expected to reveal a deep rift within its ranks.

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Bosnian Serb Leaders Reject EU Reform Plan

 

 

 

The new EU initiative for resolving Bosnia's crisis suffered a major setback as Bosnian Serb leaders refused to sign an action plan aimed to unblock the country’s EU path.

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No End to Macedonia Crisis after Brussels Talks Fail

 

 

 

Macedonia’s political crisis is set to continue as PM and opposition leader fail to reach an agreement on transition government during EU-brokered negotiations in Brussels.

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Bosnia Federation Adopts Reform Plan Amidst Crisis

 

 

 

The deepening crisis in Bosnia’s mainly Bosniak and Croat Federation entity threatens to throw the country's EU path off course.

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