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Macedonia Tapes Reveal Blatant Election Trickery

 

 

 

New batch of bugged conversations feature Interior Minister discussing how to bus in foreigners to vote in Macedonian elections, the risks of sticking dozens of these ‘little people’ in one address and how she intends to ‘drag gypsies’ to polling stations.

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Turkey Cracks Down on Political Dissent, Again

Prosecutors are increasingly demanding jail time for people engaging in political dissent – from a former beauty queen to a top newspaper editor. And their efforts are likely to intensify in the run-up to June's general election even as human rights groups voice alarm over the crackdown.

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Oxford Report Demands New Approach to Bosnia

 

 

 

The international community must take a tougher approach towards the dangerous political and economic backsliding in Bosnia, a new report based on a workshop in Oxford concludes.

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EU Offers to Mediate in Macedonia's Wiretaps Row

Top European Union officials say Brussels is ready to mediate between feuding parties in Macedonia, voicing fears about the country's instability.

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Danke! Greece pays Germany €360m in bailout interest

Greece has paid Germany €360 million in interest on the bailout loans since 2010 said the German Finance ministry in an answer to a parliamentary question from the far-left De Linke party.

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MP’s Murder Claims Make Waves in Albania

A Socialist MP’s claims that the speaker of parliament was plotting to kill him have added to the turbulent atmosphere of politics in Albania.

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Collapse of Bosnia’s Ruling Coalition Deepens Crisis

 

 

 

Talks about the formation of the new government in the Bosniak-Croat Federation hit a dead-end, threatening a previous agreement on the distribution of seats in the state administration.

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Gruevski Had Opponent’s Building Flattened, Opposition

 

 

 

Macedonian opposition leader Zoran Zaev on Friday (27.02.2015) revealed a fifth batch of taped conversations, in which the PM discusses razing a rival’s building to the ground and building a park on it.

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Kosovo Minister's Swipe at 'Privileged' Minorities Slated

 

 

 

NGOs representing minorities in Kosovo have called for the dismissal of a minister who compained that the 'privileged' position of minorities made it hard to change the constitution.

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Albanian Women MPs Push For Gender Quotas

 

 

 

A cross-party alliance of women MPs is proposing changes to the election code to make sure that at least 20 per cent of mayoral candidates are women in future.

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Croatian President Calls on Prime Minister to Quit

Conflicts between Croatia's right-wing President and left-wing Prime Minister climaxed on Monday (23.02.2015), with the President urging the PM to hand in his resignation.

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Bosnians Argue Over Claim to Slice of Montenegro

Bosnia's parliament held a public debate to work out an agreed position on an old-new territorial dispute with neighbouring Montenegro over the Sutorina area.

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Montenegrin SDP Back Off From 'Crisis Government'

 

 

 

Opposition leaders have failed to persuade the junior ruling Social Democratic Party to abandon the government and join with them to form a 'transitional' administration.

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Bosnia Finally Agrees New State Government

 

 

 

The main parties agreed the distribution of seats in the new state government ahead of a visit by the EU's foreign policy chief, but differences over the Federation government have not yet been resolved.

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In Turkey, divisive politics leads to more violence

About two weeks ago, a middle-aged man, hands full of bags, addressing me by name and politely asked my permission to sit beside me in the Istanbul metro. He appeared to belong to a lower-middle class segment of society. He asked me whether we could have a conversation until the next stop and without waiting my response, he began with a question: "Where are we heading to?"

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