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ICJ rejects Bosnia's revision request in ruling vs. Serbia

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has rejected a request to revise the ruling in the case of Bosnia's genocide lawsuit against Serbia.

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Turkey warns US on Raqqah push with Kurdish help

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has warned of a major damage to US relations with Ankara if Washington includes Kurdish forces in the operation to retake Syrian city of Raqqah from Daesh.

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EU unity in ruins after Poland’s tussle over Tusk

European Union plans to present a united front in the face of Brexit were thrown into disarray tonight (9 March), after Poland was overruled in its opposition to the reappointment of Donald Tusk as European Council president.

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EU leaders concerned over ‘return of Balkan demons’

EU leaders voiced concern yesterday (9 March 2017) about “external influences” fueling division in the Western Balkans, as Britain announced a summit to focus efforts on stabilising a key region vulnerable to Russian meddling.

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Dutch premier urges Turkish foreign minister to stay away

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said yesterday (9 March 2017) he would not welcome the Turkish foreign minister to the Netherlands if he was coming to solicit the votes of local Turks in a constitutional referendum that could give more power to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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PM declares "victory" in Kosovo army dispute with Pristina

It has been confirmed in a telephone conversation between the Serbian PM and the NATO chief that the military alliance opposes the formation of a Kosovo army. Serbia's state broadcaster RTS reported this late on Wednesday (08.03.2017).

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Turkey urges Bulgaria not to restrict political rights of minorities

Turkey urged Bulgaria on March 9, 2017 not to restrict political rights of minorities and to comply with the “rule-based” European system, in reference to a recent law legislated by the Bulgarian parliament that restricts the number of ballot boxes to be established in Turkey to 35. 

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Macedonian President demands from world leaders to engage and condemn Platform

The Tirana platform is a document that represents an ultimatum and it has suspended the Agreement from Przino in which the European Union has invested all of its foreign – political credibility, said the letter that was sent by president Gjorgje Ivanov to the members of the European Council, the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, the General Secretary of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, the president of the USA, Donald Trump and the president of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Meta reports.

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‘Big four’ call for new European dynamic, multi-speed EU

Ahead of a summit in Rome to celebrate the EU’s 60th anniversary later this month, the heads of continental Europe’s biggest economies endorsed the vision of a multi-speed Europe, in which some countries could deepen integration faster than others.

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Merkel rejects Erdogan’s ‘absurd’ Nazi comparison, calls for calm

Germany rejected as “absurd” yesterday (6 March 2016) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s comparison of its ban on several rallies to the Nazi era, but it also stressed the importance of ties between the two NATO allies in an attempt to defuse an escalating war of words.

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Controversy over claims of Turkish role in Bulgaria’s March 2017 elections

Controversy is growing over reports of the roles of Turkish officials in Bulgaria’s March 26 2017 early parliamentary elections, including a cabinet minister and the appearance of Ankara’s ambassador in a political party’s election campaign video.

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Montenegro’s parliament ‘will vote for NATO by 59%’

Montenegro will finish the ratification procedure of its NATO accession with a vote in parliament in the coming months. Public opinion is evenly divided for and against NATO membership, but it is unlikely that a referendum will be called over the issue.

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UK “open to any security arrangement” agreed by Cypriots, says Sir Alan Duncan

UK Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan has repeated the British government’s position that it stands ready to accept any negotiated security framework for a reunited Cyprus, avoiding, however, to engage in a direct discussion on whether there should be any place for third country guarantees.

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Resuming peace talks up to Greek Cypriots: Turkish Cypriot leader

Resuming interrupted peace talks on the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus is up to the Greek Cypriots, said the Turkish Cypriot leader, two days before a planned leaders’ meeting. 

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Valetta and Athens insist ‘social pillar’ should be part of Europe’s future

Malta and Greece have pledged to work more closely even in a “coalition of the willing” to seek more social Europe.

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