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Greece: New Solidarność in the making

 

 

 

The bell for the first round of the fight between Greece and the Eurogroup will ring tomorrow in the Eurogroup extraordinary meeting for Greece.

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Macedonia Government Lashes Out Over Wire-Tapping Claims

 

 

 

Macedonia's opposition leader is a foreign puppet, the main ruling party said after the opposition accused the Prime Minister and secret police chief of eavesdropping tens of thousands of people.

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Tsipras and Merkel are playing a dangerous game

Greece’s radical new government seems to believe that its European partners cannot afford to let the country go broke. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is trying hard to create the opposite impression. Both sides are playing a dangerous game of mutually assured destruction, and there is little time to find a way out.

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Bosnia's Federation Elects New President

 

 

 

The election of the president and two vice presidents of the Bosniak-Croat entity Federation helps pave the way for the formation of a new government in the next few weeks.

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Turkey's intelligence czar resigns to run for office

 

 

 

As the clock hit midnight Feb. 7, 2015, news broke in Turkey that Hakan Fidan, head of the National Intelligence Agency (MIT), had resigned. Although no official announcement was made as to why he resigned, none was needed. Everyone knew this meant that Fidan would be running to become a deputy for the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the June 7 parliamentary elections.

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Macedonia Government Offers Concessions to Protesters

 

 

 

After the Macedonian opposition said it would publish a ‘bombshell’ of compromising material about the government, the authorities have made attempts to appease protesting students and contract workers.

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Romania Opposition Party Elects New Chief

 

 

 

Eugen Tomac has been elected president of the centre-right Popular Movement Party, which enjoys the backing of Romania's ex-president Traian Basescu.

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Davutoğlu: Gülen’s NY Times article part of election plot with CHP

 

 

 

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu claimed on Sunday (08.02.2015) that the head of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen acted together to form a joint front against his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in the upcoming elections, citing the CHP leader's vow to oppose a government-backed security bill and Gülen's complaint of eroding freedoms in Turkey in an article published in The New York Times.

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Erdogan aims to create stronger presidential system

 

 

 

Putting aside all pretenses of the political impartiality required of him under the constitution, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has started to campaign on behalf of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which he wants to see emerge stronger from the general elections on June 7, 2015.

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Logjam Ends Over Key Post in Bosnian Entity

 

 

 

After Bosnia's parties agreed on a joint candidate for a key post in the country's Federation entity, the formation of a state government finally looks possible.

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Serbs Threaten to Quit Kosovo Government

 

 

 

After Prime Minister Isa Mustafa axed Aleksandar Jablanovic as returns minister on Tuesday (03.02.2015), his Srpska party is considering pulling out of the coalition.

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Serbia Not Transparent Over Kosovo Deals, Report Says

 

 

 

A report by a Belgrade think tank says the Serbian government needs to be more transparent about the process of implementing the 2013 Brussels agreement - which is also proceeding too slowly.

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Macedonia opposition chief accused of staging coup d’etat

 

 

 

Macedonia's chief opposition leader was charged by police on Saturday (31 January) with conspiring with a foreign intelligence service to topple the government.

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Macedonia Opposition Leader Charged With Spying

 

 

 

After the Prime Minister on TV accused him of attempting a coup, Macedonia's opposition head, Zoran Zaev, has been charged with espionage and ordered to surrender his passport.

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Kosovo: Election by envelope?

 

 

 

CRISIS over, then. As of last night Kosovo has a new president, Atifte Jahjaga. Her election draws to an end a six-week long saga that saw Behgjet Pacolli, a controversial tycoon, elected president by parliament and then forced out by the constitutional court.

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