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Why Does Putin Care Who Runs a Tiny Balkan Nation? Gas Pipelines

 

 

 

Russian leaders, whose conflict with Ukraine has seen them tussling with eastern Europe’s largest country, are now turning their gaze to a Balkan nation with fewer residents than Brooklyn.

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Critical summit in Riga starts with bad omens for Greece

 

 

 

Athens wants to set the foundations for an agreement, but the messages from Berlin are anything but optimistic

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Attacks Target Turkey’s Leftist Pro-Kurdish Party – Again

 

 

 

Explosions hit the local offices of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in two southern Turkish cities on Monday (18.05.2015), wounding six.

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Bosnian Serb Coalition May Lose its Majority

 

 

 

Setbacks to the planned adoption of two draft laws point to the growing fragility of the coalition government in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity, Republika Srpska.

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Support for Serbia’s EU membership fell from 56.4 to 41.1 pct – survey

 

 

 

April survey of public opinion, conducted by “New Serbian Political Thought” (NSPM) shows that the support for the EU in the Serbian public dropped, NATO still has single-digit support while support for the Russian Federation is stable.

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Main European parties add fuel to fire in Macedonia

 

 

 

As the crisis in Macedonia deepens, the two largest European political families - the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) and the Party of European Socialists (PES) - have added fuel to fire by stirring up antagonism between their parties.

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European parties add fuel to fire in Macedonia

 

 

 

As the crisis in Macedonia deepens, the two largest European political families - the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) and the Party of European Socialists (PES) - have added fuel to fire by stirring up antagonism between their parties.

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Greece's Turn to Resist a Referendum

 

 

 

In 2011, overwhelming opposition from Greece's European partners forced Prime Minister George Papandreou to withdraw a proposal for a referendum seeking a “clear mandate” from voters to carry out European Union-backed policies.

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Macedonia Opposition Establishes Protest Tent Camp

 

 

 

Opposition supporters spent the night in their tent camp outside the government building after a huge protest on Sunday (17.05.2015), but a planned ruling party counter-rally raised fears of clashes.

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Turkey's election system becomes graveyard for political parties

Turkish political parties are a numerous and colorful lot, but the four major parties currently represented in parliament will be the only real contenders in the June 7 legislative elections. According to official figures released March 31, no fewer than 97 parties are active today. The leaders of the Sept. 12, 1980, military coup had outlawed all political parties after taking over, so the parties today were all founded in the years since the coup. The 13-year rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has seen a real boom in parties, with 57 new ones established since 2002.

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The Greek Melodrama, or Who Really Wants What?

 

 

 

By any definition, what is going on in Greece today, or rather what is going on between Greece and outside countries and institutions, is a melodrama, a melodrama of epic proportions. What we mean by a melodrama is a dramatic encounter that is deliberately overacted by the many participants.

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Party Battles Threaten Bosnia Federation Govt

 

 

 

Turf wars over the control of lucrative public companies prompt Bosnian Croat officials to walk out of the Federation entity government session and create a new political crisis.

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Ahmeti Tried to Negotiate End to Macedonian Carnage

 

 

 

Macedonian Albanian leader Ali Ahmeti reveals he maintained telephone contact with the Kumanovo gunmen who shot dead eight police last weekend (09.05.2015), trying to convince them to surrender.

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Kosovo: No Dialogue Until Serbia Fulfils Agreements

 

 

 

Pristina said that top-level Kosovo-Serbia dialogue in Brussels will not continue until the agreements already reached during the normalisation talks have been fulfilled.

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Erdogan Takes War on Gulen Movement to Albania

 

 

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Albanian authorities to deport followers of the controversial preacher Fethullah Gulen, calling his movement a terrorist organization.

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