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Romania: Klaus Iohannis designated presidential candidate

 

 

 

The joint National Political Bureau of the ACL Christian Liberal Alliance of the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) on Monday (11.08.2014) designated PNL's national leader Klaus Iohannis ACL's presidential candidate.

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Turkey: Erdogan barely wins first popular presidential election with 51.5 pct

 

 

 

In the first direct presidential election on Sunday (11.08.2014), Turkish voters -- albeit very narrowly -- elected Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as the new president.

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Romania: Autonomy project to be submitted to Parliament will be in public debate this month

 

 

 

The "Szeklers' Land" autonomy project to be submitted to the Parliament will be in public debate this month, said on Saturday in Covasna (central Romania) the UDMR (Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania) chairman, Kelemen Hunor.

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Bulgaria's 42nd Parliament Dissolved, Elections on October 5

 

 

 

President Rosen Plevneliev has dissolved the Bulgarian Parliament with a decree, his press office said on Wednesday (06.08.2014).

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Will Erdogan's presidency firm up Turkey's regional position?

 

 

 

The Turkey of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan — who is expected to be elected president in just over a week — is an increasingly isolated country, and not just in the West, where antipathy for Erdogan has been rising steadily over the past few years because of his abrasive manners.

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Ciolos Gets Second Term as Romania's EU Commissioner

 

 

 

Victor Ponta, the Prime Minister of Romania, has nominated Dacian Ciolos for a second term as the country's European Commissioner.

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Kristalina Georgieva Officially Is Bulgaria's EU Commissioner Nominee

 

 

 

Kristalina Georgieva officially was nominated by Bulgaria's president Rosen Plevneliev for a second term as Bulgaria's EU commissioner, report the Bulgarian-language media.

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Bulgaria's President Names Georgi Bliznashki as Prime Minister

 

 

 

Constitutional Law lecturer Georgi Bliznashki is to be Bulgaria's interim Prime Minister.

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Albania Passes Landmark Territorial Reform

 

 

 

Parliament on Thursday (31.07.2014) passed the first administrative territorial reform in decades, slashing the number of municipalities from 380 to 61 - but minority Greeks are deeply unhappy.

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Poll: Turks divided on Erdoğan before presidential election

 

 

 

Turks are divided on how they feel about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ahead of his bid to become president in an upcoming election, and about their country's direction, according to an opinion poll published Wednesday (30.07.2014).

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Draft Bill Reduces State Funding of Greek Political Parties

 

 

 

A draft bill limiting the State funding that Greek parliamentary political parties receive, as well as abolishing anonymous donations they collect via coupons, was posted on Thursday (31.07.2014)  in the electronic system of internal distribution of the Greece ‘s Parliament.

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Dissenting Albania Socialist MPs Jeopardise Reforms

 

 

 

The Socialist-led government is facing problems passing important reforms owing to the actions of a dissident group of Socialist MPs who boycotted the last session.

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Romania Opposition Parties Merge before Elections

 

 

 

The main opposition parties in Romania have merged in a bid to defeat the ruling leftist coalition at upcoming presidential polls in November.

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Mihail Mikov Elected Chair of Bulgarian Socialist Party

 

 

 

Mihail Mikov has been elected Chair of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP).

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Montenegrin Capital Facing New Elections

After long-awaited talks on forming a new city government in Podgorica collapsed, the Montenegrin capital could be facing early elections.

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