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Kosovo Accuses Serbia of Delaying Brussels Agreement

 

 

 

In a new report, Kosovo Minister Edita Tahiri says Belgrade is to blame for the slow pace of implementation of the Brussels Agreement in almost all fields except justice.

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Macedonia MPs Kept on Tight Leash, Tapes Reveal

 

 

 

New wire-taped conversation supports long-standing suspicion that the leadership of Macedonia's ruling party blackmails its MPs, using blank resignation notes to keep them in line.

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EU clears way for Bosnia to submit membership bid

 

 

 

EU foreign ministers approved Monday (16.03.2015) the next step on Bosnia's road to membership after its fractious politicians agreed a series of reforms demanded by the bloc.

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Greece promises to deliver full reform list after three-hour 'mini summit'

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras once again stole the show at an EU Council summit in Brussels Thursday night (19 March 2015).

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Serb Party Boycott Deepens Bosnia's Paralysis

 

 

 

Bosnia is facing grave political deadlock, local and international officials warned, after the main Serbian party withdrew its MPs from the state parliament, leaving it without a quorum.

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Tapes Reveal Bid to Snatch Macedonian Opposition Bastion

 

 

 

New tapes revealed by the Macedonian opposition highlight the ruling party's tactics in the 2013 local elections, aimed at taking power in the opposition stronghold of Strumica.

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Kosovo Serb Leaders Unite to Issue Common Demands

 

 

 

Kosovo Serb leaders - currently boycotting the government - gathered on `8.03.2015 in Gracanica to form a joint political umbrella, and produce a list of joint demands.

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Bulgaria Urged Not to Delay Over Reforms

Addressing a conference on Bulgaria's future, the European Commissioner for the Budget and Human Resources said Sofia needs to implement major reforms to take full advantage of EU funding opportunities.

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Grexident would be a disaster, idiotic, says Donald Tusk

 

 

 

“A Greek exit from the Eurozone would be a disaster”, says European Council president, Donald Tusk, noting that "the withdrawal of Greece would be the most dramatic chapter in the history of the European Union.”

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Montenegro Prime Minister Reshuffles Cabinet

 

 

 

Five new Montenegrin ministers will be sworn in at parliament this week after Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic announced a cabinet reshuffle.

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Turkey's official Islamic body extends influence abroad

 

 

 

Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs is known for its massive budget and huge network of mosques, muftis and imams, through which it controls religious affairs in the most remote villages.

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Greece and Germany in Cold War

Yesterday (March 10, 2015) German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble made an unusually tough statement on Greece, indicating that Greece must fulfill all its obligations stemming from the memorandum of understanding (signed by the previous government) in order to get the next installment paid.

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Tony and Cherie Blair in business with Albania and Kazakhstan

 

 

 

Albania and Kazakhstan, it seems, can’t get enough of the Blairs. The former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, is an advisor to the prime ministers of both countries. His wife’s law firm Omnia Strategy was awarded lucrative contracts in both countries.

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Romania mixes up Germany with France, but Berlin still ready to discuss Schengen

 

 

 

An enormous blunder did not prevent Germany from creating a major opening yesterday (9 March 2015), when its foreign minister said that Berlin was open to talks on allowing Romania and Bulgaria into the borderless Schengen zone, which has been a delicate subject among European countries.

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Pristina Blocks Kosovo Serb Municipalities' Accounts

The accounts of four Serb municipalities have been blocked after they weren't able to pass budgets that conformed to the specifications of the Finance Ministry in Pristina.

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