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Parliament Gives Macedonia's New Government the Nod

 

 

 

Macedonia's parliament formally endorsed the new government of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski on Thursday (19.06.2014).

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Brother's Confession Adds to Romanian President's Woes

 

 

 

Prime Minister Ponta says President Traian Basescu should step down after his brother admitted taking a bribe to intervene with a view to intervening with the justice system.

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Bulgaria's Embattled Government Goes For Snap Election

 

 

 

After the ruling party's poor showing in the European elections - and amid an ongoing dispute over the future of the Russian-led South Stream gas pipeline - Bulgaria has scheduled fresh elections.

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EU to hold fresh talks with Turkey on membership bid

 

 

 

EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule is to hold fresh talks in Turkey on its efforts to join the 28-nation bloc, a statement said, amid continued concerns over Ankara's rights record.

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Macedonia Opposition Sets Terms for Crisis Talks

 

 

 

As the opposition sets five conditions for ending the political crisis in the country, planned talks between party leaders have been postponed to next week.

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Kosovo President Takes Post-Election Dispute to Court

 

 

 

President Atifete Jahjaga has asked the constitutional court for advice amid the continuing row between the outgoing ruling party and opposition over which will form the next government.

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Romania's ruling party revives nationalism ahead of presidential election

 

 

 

Bucharest - Romania’s governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) looks set to base its presidential election campaign on conservative nationalism that mixes religious devotion and home security.

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Macedonia Leaders to Meet to Defuse Election Feud

 

 

 

Macedonia's Prime Minister and opposition leader have agreed to meet in an attempt to defuse the political crisis that erupted when the opposition disputed the April elections.

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Bulgaria Will Not Hold Referendum on Election Rules

 

 

 

Lawmakers in Bulgarian Parliament rejected a referendum proposal which allows citizens to decide on the introduction of a majority system, mandatory voting, and e-voting.

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Boycott of Macedonian Parliament Starts to Fray

 

 

 

As parliament readies to verify the resignations of opposition MPs, some legislators are making it clear they wish to return to their seats.

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Slow Count Keeps New Kosovo Government in Limbo

 

 

 

With the last votes from the general election yet to be counted, the political parties are still squabbling over who has the right to form a new government in Kosovo.

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Macedonia Opposition Party Spurns New Government

 

 

 

Despite speculation that the opposition Democratic Party of Albanians could join the new government after the April elections, the DPA said that it has decided to stay out.

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Greece: Tsipras preparing plans for a two-phase alliance strategy

 

 

 

Primary goal to avert a Presidential election and then to establish wide alliances for general elections.

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Turkey: CHP, MHP agree on former OIC head as joint presidential candidate

 

 

 

After weeks of haggling over a name for presidential candidate in the period leading up to the August election, the two main Turkish opposition parties, the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), agreed on a joint candidate: former Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu.

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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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