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Pope Chooses Albania for First European Trip

 

 

 

Pope Francis said he will visit Tirana in September, a move welcomed by Albanian officials as a boost to the country’s image of religious tolerance and its EU integration hopes.

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Erdogan’s new Turkey full of 'spies' and 'traitors'

 

 

 

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who holds a historic record of being Turkey’s uninterrupted leader for the last 11 years, keeps arguing that he has built a new Turkey based on solid rule of law which is envied by many, both in the east and the west.

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Slovenia's convicted ex-PM: down but refusing to be out

 

 

 

For almost six years Slovenia's internal affairs were overshadowed by the so-called Patria affair in which one of the strongest men, Slovenia’s ex prime minister and the current opposition leader Janez Jansa was recently found guilty.

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Bulgarian Lawmakers Reject No-Confidence Motion against Government

 

 

 

MPs have narrowly turned down the fifth motion against Bulgaria's socialist-led government.

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Allies Unite to Topple Thaci Government in Kosovo

 

 

 

The Democratic League of Kosovo, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo and Nisma have announced a coalition to form a new government, toppling Prime Minister Hashim Thaci.

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Albania Uneasy Over Czech Stance to EU Bid

 

 

 

The Czech Foreign Ministry has downplayed reports that Prague may block Albania’s EU membership bid in connection to a dispute over a power company.

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Greece: Cabinet reshuffle announced - extensive changes

 

 

 

Gikas Hardouvelis to replace Yannis Stournaras as Finance Minister- New government sworn.

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Bulgaria: BSP Leader Stanishev Demands Government Resignation, July Elections

 

 

 

Sergey Stanishev, leader of the senior partner in the ruling coalition, the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), demanded the resignation of the government of Plamen Oresharski.

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Гърция: промени в правителството

 

 

 

Сменен е министъра на финансите. Назначени са нови министри в Министерството на вътрешните работи, Министерството на здравеопазването, Министерството на културата и спорта, както и в Министерството на земеделието и храните.

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Montenegro Poll Re-Runs Leave Djukanovic Win Intact

 

 

 

Re-run polls in three Montenegrin municipalities did not change the outcome of May’s local elections which saw Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic's ruling party winning most votes.

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Macedonian Prime Minister Reveals New Cabinet

 

 

 

Most ministers in the last government look set to remain in their posts as Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski proposed a new cabinet after his party's April election victory. Gruevski’s most trusted ministers will retain their posts, judging by the list of candidate-ministers that the Macedonian premier officially submitted to parliament on Sunday (08.06.2014) together with his platform for government.

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Kosovo Ruling Party Claims Victory in Elections

 

 

 

Prime Minister Hashim Thaci’s Democratic Party of Kosovo claimed victory in parliamentary polls to secure a third term in office despite a low turnout at Sunday’s vote. Thaci said after polls closed that his Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, had won the elections, although the Central Election Commission reported a turnout of only 43.2 per cent.

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Greece: SS songs and anti-Semitism: the week Golden Dawn turned openly Nazi

Supporters of the far-right party gave Hitler salutes and sang the Horst Wessel song outside parliament last week. Helena Smith reports from Athens on how Golden Dawn has taken on a sinister new tone.

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Turkey’s intra-Islamic witch hunt

 

 

 

“If this is called a witch hunt, then yes, we perform a witch hunt,” said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a May 10, 2014  “consultation and assessment meeting” of his Justice and Development Party (AKP).

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Could Moldova's Gagauzia repeat Crimea scenario?

When Russia annexed Crimea by severing it from Ukraine, the word was that Moldova was next and a similar scenario would be played out there as well. This speculation was based on reports that the Transdniester region and, especially, the Gagauzia Autonomous Republic want to separate from the central government and even declare their independence.

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