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Montenegro Opposition Plan Response to Ruling Party Leaks

 

Opposition and civil society organizations met to discuss media leaks, which have cast a new light on the ruling party's controversial tactics.

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Dodik Announces Reshuffle of Republika Srpska Govt

Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik confirmed media rumours that personnel changes within the Serb-led Bosnian entity’s government are imminent.

Dodik announced on Sunday that in the next couple of days he will talk to Republika Srpska’s Prime Minister Aleksandar Dzombic about the reshuffle and that it will all be finalised within seven to ten days.

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Croatian Democratic Union Mulls Disciplining Kosor

 

Former Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor could be expelled from the HDZ after criticising the new leader in an interview.

Kosor risks expulsion from the party she once led after giving an interview with the Croatian weekly Globus, in which she criticized the party's new president, Tomislav Karamarko.

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Germany Reminds Albania of Need for Free Elections

 

The German Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, has called for free and fair elections in Albania, warning against the rise of nationalist rhetoric in Tirana.

“It’s very important for the elections to be held successfully and in accordance with European principles,” Westerwelle said in a joint press conference with his Albanian counterpart, Edmond Panariti.

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Bulgarian parliament accepts government resignation

The Bulgarian parliament on Thursday (21.02.2012) approved the government's resignation, paving the way for early elections.

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Посещение в Косово на представители на ЕК

В Прищина беше проведена среща на представители на ЕК с косовски официални лица.

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New Defence Minister Outrages Macedonian Veterans

 

The appointment of a former ethnic Albanian fighter as Macedonia's defence chief has angered the party representing war veterans.

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Bulgarian Govt Resigns Amid Bloody Protests

 

After mass protests against high utility bills turned violent, the Bulgarian government has called it a day - PM saying he feels 'shamed' by the bloodshed.

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Clouds Hang Over Kosovo’s Independence Party

 

Kosovo is marking the fifth anniversary of its independence with celebrations - but its statehood remains challenged and its economy is stuck in the doldrums.

Kosovars began celebrating their country’s fifth year of statehood on Friday with all schools dedicating their first lessons of the day to the independence and the issues linked to it.

On Saturday, people gathered to paint flags on the “Newborn” monument, which was erected near the capital’s Boro and Ramiz Youth Centre when Kosovo proclaimed its independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008.

The initiative was organized by the creator of the monument, Ogilvy Karrota advertising, a marketing and public relations agency.

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Bosniaks Block Vote on Federation Entity Govt

 Bosniaks MPs in Bosnia's Federation entity blocked confirmation of a no-confidence vote in the government, invoking the legal mechanism of claiming vital ethnic interests were at stake.

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Les Chypriotes élisent dimanche un nouveau président de la République.

Sur les affiches électorales, les trois principaux candidats à l'élection présidentielle à Chypre font une mine de circonstance. Aussi sombre que l'état de l'économie. Lors du dernier débat télévisé, en début de semaine, les sujets évoqués étaient à l'unisson des préoccupations des électeurs : le marasme économique, le chômage, la crise bancaire et le fameux Mémorandum d'accord avec la troïka - les prêteurs européens et le FMI - d'où viendra, espèrent-ils, le salut. L'ultrafavori du scrutin de dimanche, Nicos Anastasiades, président du « Rassemblement démocratique », de centre droit, le premier parti au Parlement, est certainement de tous les prétendants, celui qui a défendu le plus clairement la voie du programme d'assistance de la zone euro, même si les contreparties exigées, comme la lutte contre le blanchiment et la restructuration du secteur bancaire chypriote sont jugées… injustes et excessives.

« Ramener la confiance »

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Turkish opposition leader condemns 'dictator' Erdogan

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, chairman of the Republican People's party, warns that PM is driving Turkey towards constitutional 'disaster'.

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Montenegro Coalition Party Appeals Vujanovic Candidacy

 The Social Democratic Party, SDP, a minor government partner, says the current head of state, Filip Vujanovic, has no right to run as president and appealed to the Constitutional Court.

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Serbia's Former Ruling Party Ejects Jeremic

 

The opposition Democratic Party has expelled Vuk Jeremic, the former foreign minister who now heads the UN General Assembly.

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Kosovo parties agree on continued collaboration

Kosovo opposition party AAK promised to support the government on key issues.

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