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Tsipras unveils anti-austerity cabinet

 

 

 

Greece’s new SYRIZA-led coalition government was sworn in on Tuesday (28.01.2015) with economist Yanis Varoufakis taking the crucial post of finance minister in a slimmer cabinet including members of the right-wing Independent Greeks (ANEL), notably party leader Panos Kammenos.

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Greece: Syriza set to form coalition with right-wing anti-austerity party

 

 

 

Syriza, the left-wing victor of Sunday's (25.01.2015) Greek elections, is due to form a coalition with the populist right-wing Independent Greeks party, with which it shares an anti-austerity platform.

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Greece: Parliamentary Elections 2015

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Greece: Can Potami tame Eurosceptic Syriza?

 

 

 

An MEP representing To Potami (River) – a centre-left party currently polling third for the forthcoming Greek elections – has claimed that in coalition, his party could tame the Eurosceptic leftist Syriza party and help keep Greece within the eurozone.

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Greece gives the EU a chance to rediscover its social responsibility

 

 

 

The European Union should not be afraid of Syriza winning the Greek election, but see it as a chance to rediscover its founding principle: the social dimension that created it and without which it cannot survive, writes Marianna Fotaki. 

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Clashes Erupt as Thousands Protest in Kosovo

 

 

 

Protesters clashed with police as several thousand people rallied in Pristina for the sacking of a Serb minister and for Kosovo to take full control of the huge Trepca mine complex from Belgrade.

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Europe faces Greek headache whoever wins vote

 

 

 

Whoever wins Greece's general election on Sunday, Europe will have to take urgent action to tackle the country's mountain of debt before it buries the rest of the eurozone, analysts say.

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SYRIZA lead widens before Greek vote as speculation mounts

SYRIZA widened its lead over Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s New Democracy in three opinion surveys just days before the general election, prompting one pollster to say the race was all but decided.

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Dodik Urged to Quit Bosnian Serb Party Leadership

 

 

 

A former senior figure in Milorad Dodik’s Alliance of Independent Social Democrats said that the Bosnian Serb party was in a dire situation and its leader should resign.

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Belgrade Favourite Wins Local Kosovo Poll

 

 

 

Belgrade-backed candidate Vladeta Kostic won the extraordinary mayoral election in the Kosovo town of Gracanica.

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Commission fears Greece is 'deceiving' itself

 

 

 

The President of the European Commission has asked EU countries to honour their commitments in the run-up to a general election, which could see the radical left rise to power in Greece.

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Bosnian Serb MPs Endorse New Entity Cabinet

 

 

 

The Republika Srpska assembly has confirmed the new 16-member team under Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic, of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats, SNSD.

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Kosovo: Despair on Thaci prompts EU exodus

 

 

 

On 6 January in the New Year, Ali Fetahu, a 55-year old Kosovar man, was found dead from the cold in Hungary while trying to get to Germany.

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Romania hopes to end EU monitoring by 2020

 

 

 

The new Romanian President Klaus Iohannis made his first visit abroad to Brussels yesterday (15 January 2015). Speaking alongside Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, he said that his country hoped to get rid of the EU monitoring on its deficient law-enforcement system before the end of their respective five-year mandates.

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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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