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Europe’s refugee dilemma eclipses Greece crisis, Austria says

 

 

 

The European Union’s refugee emergency is a bigger threat than Greece, Austria’s finance minister said, calling for the bloc’s members to confront the issue with the same veracity as when they tackled the economic crisis.

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Disputes Create Doubt over Macedonia Election Date

 

 

 

Members of the Electoral Commission have expressed conflicting opinions about the country's readiness to hold credibly democratic early polls in April as part of efforts to end Macedonia's political crisis.

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Serbian Democrats Plan Coalition against Ruling Party

 

 

 

The possibility of early elections in Serbia has prompted splinter groups from the once mighty Democratic Party to consider a new coalition to challenge the ruling Progressive Party.

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FYR Macedonia: Parliamentary speaker Veljanovski accepts Gruevski’s resignation

 

 

 

Speaker of Parliament, Trajko Veljanovski said today (15.01.2016) that he has received the resignation letter of PM Nikola Gruevski.

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Montenegro Anti-NATO Activists Stage New Year Party

 

 

 

The pro-Russian opposition is holding an anti-NATO party in the capital Podgorica to celebrate the ‘Serb New Year’ with the blessing of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro.

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Kosovo Opposition Builds Resistance to Brussels Agreements

 

 

 

A Constitutional Court ruling against an EU-brokered agreement to give Kosovo’s Serbs more political representation may have fuelled support for the country’s opposition, experts said.

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Gruevski’s visit to the US, comments and debates in Skopje

 

 

 

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski’s visit to Washington has been accompanied with different comments and debates in Skopje.

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Erdoğan accuses academics of being fifth column

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has sharply criticized a group of Turkish academics for their call to end violence in Turkey's Southeast, accusing them of being a fifth column of foreign power destined to undermine Turkey's national security.

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Kosovo mess: Made in the EU

 

 

 

On 25 August, 2015  Kosovo and Serbia signed the second “landmark” deal toward “normalisation of relations.” Building on an earlier accord, it clarifies arrangements for the Association/Community of Serb Municipalities (ASM) in Kosovo.

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Greece: Mitsotakis wins New Democracy leadership, pledges to take on coalition

 

 

 

Former administrative reform minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has caused an upset by winning the New Democracy leadership in a fairly tight vote on Sunday (10.01.2016).

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Bulgaria: Ousted MRF leader Mestan sais he remains in politics

Lyutvi Mestan, ousted as leader and as a member of the Bulgarian Parliament’s third-largest party the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, said on January 7, 2016 that he was staying in politics.

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President Erdoğan calls for arrest of more pro-Kurdish politicians

 

 

 

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called for the arrest of more pro-Kurdish politicians by saying that Parliament and the judiciary have to act as required when considering how to treat politicians who act as if they were members of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

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Mr. Erdogan Crosses Yet Another Line

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey marched across another line last week. Asked about his push for greatly enhanced executive powers, he told reporters that there was a precedent in “Hitler’s Germany.”

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Serbia's Ruling Parties Eye Poll Gains in Province

 

 

 

The two main ruling parties in Serbia have agreed to run separately in the forthcoming local elections in the province of Vojvodina - where they are tipped to trounce opposition parties.

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Bulgarian – Turkish relations cannot depend on a political crisis in a party: BG Foreign minister

 

 

 

Bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Turkey cannot depend on a political crisis in one or another party or the actions of one or another Bulgarian or Turkish politician, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov said on January 6, referring to the recent uproar around the deposed leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, Lyutvi Mestan.

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