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Bosnia Leaders Urged to Grasp Unique EU Offer

 

 

 

The German and British foreign ministers met Bosnia's political leaders on Friday, on a mission to push ahead the EU's new reform plan.

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Poll: Serbia's complex attitude towards the EU

 

 

 

Serbian citizens have a more positive attitude toward Russia than toward the EU, but they would prefer to see their children live in the EU, according to a recent poll by Ipsos Strategic Marketing for the Beta News Agency.

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Croatia: Grabar Kitarovic Win Draws Contrasting Reactions

 

 

 

Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic hails 'victory of patrotism', Josipovic concedes defeat graciously - but the Croatia's SDP Prime Minister strikes a bitter note, accusing her of running 'sectarian' campaign.

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Serbian PM Readies for Kosovo Visit

 

 

 

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic will meet local Serbian political representatives this week on his first visit to Kosovo since taking up the premier's post last year.

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Croatia Presidential Candidates Talk Tough on Serbia

 

 

 

Both candidates for the presidency took a tough stance on Serbia in a televised debate after an election campaign in which issues from the 1990s war were overshadowed by Croatia’s economic woes.

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Turkish MPs Clear Ex-Ministers of Corruption

 

 

 

A Turkish parliamentary committee has cleared four former ministers of corruption charges. The investigation followed controversial police probes into the allegations, which the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described as a coup attempt by police.

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Greece: Papandreou launches party, aims for post-election role

 

 

 

Former Prime Minister George Papandreou launched his new party on 04.01.2015, as current Deputy Prime Minister and PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos insisted that his party would play a pivotal role in political developments after the January 25 elections.

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Turkey's internal Kurdish tensions flare

 

 

 

In the early hours of Dec. 27, armed clashes broke out in Cizre, a big town in Diyarbakir province in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast. Three people were killed, while many homes were hit by bullets.

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Serbian President Demands Kosovo Referendum

 

 

 

In a sign of growing tension between him and the government, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic declared that any major decisions made on Kosovo must go to a referendum.

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Kurds seek to fast-track peace process

A day before Christmas Eve 2014, Turkey’s mass circulation daily Hurriyet ran the headline: “Imrali Masasi,” meaning "Imrali table." Imrali is the prison island where Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), is serving a life sentence; the "table" is the negotiation table.

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Croatian presidency vote goes to run-off

 

 

 

Presidential elections in Croatia are heading for a run-off after there was no outright winner in Sunday's vote.

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Samaras has four weeks to trump SYRIZA on Greek economy

 

 

 

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras failed to convince lawmakers to stay the economic course he’s set. He now has less than four weeks to persuade Greece’s voters to do the same.

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Montenegro's Churches Row Over Royal Home

 

 

 

Supporters of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro are up in arms over the decision of a town council to allow the rival Montenegrin Orthodox Church free use of a royal villa.

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Greek PM offers compromise on elections

 

 

 

Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras has offered to bring forward parliamentary elections and expand the government to independent MPs, in a bid to secure a majority for his presidential candidate.

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Feuding Albania Parties Reach Deal to End Boycott

 

 

 

With the mediation of two European MPs, Albanian party leaders have reached a political deal to end the six-month boycott of parliament by the opposition.

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