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President Erdoğan approves charter draft, referendum likely to be April 16, 2017

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan approved on Feb. 10, 2017 constitutional amendments that will bring drastic changes to the country's political system, including a shift to an executive presidential system from the current parliamentary system.

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Say ‘no’ in referendum for future of Turkey: Main opposition head

The leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has said called on everyone who cares about Turkey’s future to vote “no” in an upcoming referendum that will decide whether the current parliamentary system will be converted into an executive presidency.

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Bulgarian Socialist Party puts 12-year term limit on its members of Parliament

At a two-day congress, the Bulgarian Socialist Party adopted rule changes including limiting its MPs to no more than 12 years – three full terms – as well as direct elections of the leader by party members and also limiting the leader to two terms.

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FYROM: Gruevski couldn’t manage to form the government

Leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski could not manage to form the new government, after being mandated for the creation of the government on 9 January 2017.

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Serious aggravations within the left wing majority in Albania

An increase in tones within the left wing majority has led analysts to believe that this is the end of the coalition between PM Edi Rama and speaker of parliament, Ilir Meta.

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10 years since Bulgaria joined EU, shortcomings against corruption, organised crime remain

In the 10 years since Bulgaria joined the European Union, the country has made “important progress” in reforms to the judiciary and against corruption and organised crime, but shortcomings remain and the next government will need to drive reform forward to secure irreversible results.

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Bulgarian President Radev announces caretaker cabinet to take office on January 27

Bulgarian President Roumen Radev has announced the full list of caretaker cabinet ministers who will take office on January 27, succeeding Boiko Borissov’s government and preparing the country for early parliamentary elections on March 26 2017.

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Roumen Radev inaugurated as Bulgaria’s fifth president

Amid military ceremonies and with the attendance of top state and government officials – and amid sub-zero temperatures – Roumen Radev was inaugurated on January 22, 2017 as Bulgaria’s fifth democratically-elected President.

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‘Conservative, religious, nationalist’ bloc to dominate Turkey’s future

A recent poll conducted by Kadir Has University (KHAS) shows that there has been a huge consolidation on the right-wing of Turkish politics, with grassroots support for the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) leadership reaching very high levels, according to Hasan Bülent Kahraman. 

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Putin’s Old Moldova Map Alarms Romania

Vladimir Putin has annoyed Romanians by presenting Moldova’s President Igor Dodon with an ancient map of Moldova that includes chunks of today’s Romania.

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US imposes sanctions on Bosnian Serb leader

The US has introduced sanctions against Milorad Dodik, president of Republika Srpska, the Serb entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dodik has shrugged this off as futile vindictiveness by the outgoing US administration. 

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VMRO-DPMNE holds a campaign against Soros and Open Society Foundation

The largest party in FYROM, VMRO-DPMNE, that won the 11 December elections, is launching a series of attacks against NGOs that are funded through Soros Foundation or Open Society Foundation, the name by which it is known in FYROM.

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Turkey; Gülenist infiltration into Foreign Ministry ‘intensified after change in personnel policy under Davutoğlu’s rule’

The infiltration of Gülenists into the Foreign Ministry accelerated after a drastic change in the ministry’s personnel policy between 2009 and 2013 under the rule of former Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, daily Hürriyet reported over the weekend (14-15.01.2017).

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Igor Dodon requests suspension from office of R. of Moldova’s ambassador to Bucharest. PM Filip turns down the request

Republic of Moldova President Igor Dodon has requested the Moldovan government the initiation of the suspension from office procedure of the ambassador to Bucharest, Mihai Gribincea, Radio Chisinau and deschide.md inform.

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