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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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Romania Responds Coolly to Hungarian Autonomy Plan

 

 

 

Romania's main governing party has said it will not back a proposal by the ethnic Hungarian minority to establish an autonomous region in Transylvania.

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Gridlock over Speaker in Kosovo Continues

 

 

 

The impasse over the election of a speaker of parliament in Kosovo continues after the assembly failed to elect a candidate on Thursday (18.09.2014).

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SYRIZA has six-point lead over New Democracy in latest polls

 

 

 

According to the latest poll conducted by the University of Macedonia (17.09.2014), main opposition party SYRIZA has a six-point lead over coalition government party New Democracy.

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Scottish Referendum Debate Echoes in Romania

 

 

 

As Scotland goes to the polls in a historic vote on independence from the UK, Hungarians in Romania feel more inspired to demand autonomy.

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Macedonia to Hire More Ethnic Albanian Civil Servants

 

 

 

Macedonia is seeking to recruit more ethnic-minority civil servants in a bid to fulfill the terms of the 2001 peace deal that ended an armed conflict with Albanian rebels.

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Greece: Opposition leader promises to address humanitarian crisis, restart economy and carry out major reforms

 

 

 

The leader of the main opposition party Alexis Tsipras appeared in Thessaloniki on Saturday (14.09.2014) for the International Fair and delivered a speech, where he presented his party’s main goals.

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The new Turkey

 

 

 

Now Turkey has a new president and a new prime minister, but there is no indication of a new agenda – apart from the fact that the new president, former prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and the new prime minister, forner foreign minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, aim to increase the governing party AKP’s number of seats in parliament to two thirds at the next election, which will take place latest next June.

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Bildt slams Juncker over absence of enlargement portfolio

 

 

 

One of the toughest reactions to the leaked organigram of the next Commission team to be led by Jean-Claude Juncker came from another EU heavyweight, the Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt.

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Who does Obama talk to in Turkey?

 

 

 

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now Turkey’s first directly elected president. Constitutionally, he is not the chief executive of the country — Ahmet Davutoglu, the new prime minister, is. Yet, it is no secret that Erdogan plans to run Turkey from the presidential palace. This is Turkey’s problem to solve.

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Ex-Yugoslav Presidents Sign Missing Persons Declaration

 

 

 

The presidents of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia signed a landmark declaration aimed at speeding up the search for people still missing from the 1990s conflicts.

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Romania Nominates Woman for EU Commissioner

 

 

 

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta said he has nominated a woman for an EU commissioner post’s as well as the current EU agriculture commissioner, Dacian Ciolos.

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Turkey: Davutoğlu announces new government, Çavuşoğlu new foreign minister

 

 

 

Newly-appointed Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu announced his Cabinet list on Friday, keeping most ministers in their posts.

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US Embassy Enters Romanian Feud over Mayors

 

 

 

The American embassy has joined critics of a new rule that allows mayors to change their party without seeking re-election first.

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The evolution of the Turkish military's role in politics

 

 

 

On Aug. 15, 2014 Hizb-ut Tahrir (Party of Liberation, a Sunni organization with Pan-Islamist goals) held an "international media conference" in Beirut.

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