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Greece: PASOK seals vote pact with DIMAR

 

 

 

PASOK and Democratic Left (DIMAR) announced their cooperation for the elections over the weekend.

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Latvia, Greece win opt-out from Monsanto GM crop

 

 

 

Monsanto said it would abide by Latvia's and Greece's requests under a new EU opt-out law to be excluded from its application to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop across the European Union, but accused them of ignoring science.

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Belgrade and Pristina interpret new agreement differently

 

 

 

Not all details of a recent EU-brokered Serbia-Kosovo agreement have been made public, allowing both sides to claim victory and interpret the deal in their own way.

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Vienna Summit Binds Balkan States to Broad Reforms

 

 

 

Summit declaration obliges Balkan countries not to misuse the EU accession process against each other, calls for civil society to play a greater role - and welcomes EU pledge to help resolving outstanding bilateral disputes.

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Merkel: Summit Has Shown EU's Commitment To Balkans

 

 

 

Austrian and German leaders hail Vienna summit as proof of the EU's commitment to the region, announce support for infrastucture projects and pledge solidarity over refugee crisis.

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Civil Activists Seek Expanded Role in Balkans' Future

 

 

 

Civil sector groups from six Western Balkans countres urged their political leaders to secure freedom of expression and media independence, also calling for more of a role in their countries' EU integration processes.

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Balkan Summit Urged to Tackle Bilateral Disputes

 

 

 

Western Balkan countries must step up their efforts to resolve bilateral disputes with EU help, civil society groups on Thursday (27.08.2015) told the Western Balkans Summit in Vienna.

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Turkey: Survey reveals more than 78 pct of nation against presidential system

 

 

 

A survey conducted by the Gezici Research Company has revealed that 78.3 percent of the Turkish people are against a change of the system in Turkey from the current parliamentary system to a presidential system in which the president has more executive powers.

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Четырехсторнний пат Турции

 

 

 

В парламент прошли  четыре политические силы: правящая Партия Справедливости и Развития (ПСР), кемалисты из Народно-Республиканской партии (НРП), националисты из Партии национального действия (ПНД) и прокурдская Демократическая Партия Народов (ПНД).

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Merkel meets Balkan leaders over spiraling migrants crisis

 

 

 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Balkan leaders gathered in Vienna Thursday (27.08.2015) to seek how to tackle together the biggest migration crisis to hit Europe since World War II.

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Opposition fails to rally against president’s violations, experts say

 

 

 

Despite accusing the president of blatantly violating the Constitution and the law, the opposition parties -- which hold the majority of seats in Parliament -- have so far failed to mount stronger resistance to the president's trampling of the laws of the land.

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Serbia and Kosovo Reach Four Key Agreements

 

 

 

Serbian and Kosovo on Tuesday reached four key agreements in what the EU called a landmark achievement in the normalisation process, enabling both sides to advance on their European path.

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Orwell’s 1984 comes to life in Erdogan’s 2015 Turkey

 

 

 

In his cult novel "1984," George Orwell described a dystopian world of people under constant government surveillance. In a letter to an American trade unionist, Orwell wrote he believed a society similar to the one he imagined could one day become a reality.

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Serbia and Kosovo sign 'landmark' deal

 

 

 

Serbia and Kosovo reached agreement Tuesday (25 August 2015) on key issues for better relations between the two countries, and between Albanian and Serbian people in Kosovo.

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Five mayors, one HDP official arrested in Southeast after declarations of autonomy

 

 

 

Three district co-mayors in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, two co-mayors in Hakkari province and one provincial official from the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) in Hakkari were arrested on Sunday (23.08.2015) after they declared autonomy from the Turkish state last week, a development that comes amid ongoing turmoil in Turkey's Southeast.

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