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Greece: Latest GPO polls show SYRIZA ahead of New Democracy by 6.5 points

 

 

 

The River comes in third, with the Communist Party and Golden Dawn are tied in fourth place.

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Divided Bosnia elects nationalists

 

 

 

Nationalists with little shared vision of Bosnia and Herzegovina's future were in the lead in an election for the three-person presidency yesterday (12 October), likely portending more dysfunction in a country still haunted by the divisions of a 1992-95 war.

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Greece: Coalition government receives vote of confidence

 

 

 

155 MPs voted in favor, 131 against, 2 present and 12 abstained from the critical vote.

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Dacic's Gaffe on Kosovo Exposes Serbian Coalition Cracks

 

 

 

Foreign Minister's statement on Kosovo - and the response it drew from his coalition partners - hints at wider disagreements between Serbia's Socialists and Progressives, experts believe.

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Bosnia holds vote amid mounting discontent and economic woes

 

 

 

Bosnia holds general elections Sunday against the backdrop of mounting social discontent as well as ethnic disputes and rampant corruption that are blocking its entry into the European Union.

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Greece: Parliamentary discussion for the vote of confidence begins on 08.10.2014

 

 

 

The parliamentary procedure will conclude at midnight on Friday (10.10.2014), when MPs are scheduled to take a vote.

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16 dead across Turkey as fate of Kobani stirs up tensions

 

 

 

A total of 16 people have died during violent clashes across Turkey on Tuesday and Wednesday, local media reported, as the fate of the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani stirred up decades of tensions with Turkey's Kurds.

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Borisov Juggles Coalition Options in Bulgaria

 

 

 

After his party’s election triumph on Sunday, GERB leader Boyko Borisov is hunting for possible coalition partners.

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AKP base divided on Turkey's vote to join coalition

 

 

 

A public opinion survey by the Turkish Metropoll polling company reveals that although an overwhelming majority of Turks are opposed to the Islamic State (IS), 52% would still prefer Turkey not get actively involved in the US-led coalition against it.

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Macedonia's dispute over a census

 

 

 

In a reply to Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski’s initiative on the census from earlier this year, the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI - which is Gruevski's junior partner in government - proposes creating separate graphs for residents of Macedonia and for people who work abroad but come home at least once a year.

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Macedonia Albanians Propose End to Census Logjam

 

 

 

Macedonia’s junior ruling party has proposed its own way to end the vexed dispute in the country over a national headcount.

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Bulgaria heading for more instability after snap elections

 

 

 

Bulgaria’s centre-right GERB party was the winner in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, but fell short of gaining an absolute majority.

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Leftist Rival Overtakes Croatia's SDP in Polls

 

 

 

Croatia's ruling Social Democratic Party, SDP, is losing support to a new left-wing rival, ORaH, which has overtaken it in the most recent polls.

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Bosnia Federation 'Wasted' Four Years, Report Says

 

 

 

The government of Bosnia's Federation entity lost most of the last four years in a series of political crises, with little focus on improving matters, a report by an NGO says.

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Romanian PM Ponta Survives No-Confidence Vote

 

 

 

The Parliament in Bucharest has rejected a motion of no confidence submitted by the opposition against Prime Minister Victor Ponta.

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