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Turkey: Main opposition calls on top election board to annul the referendum

Turkey’s main opposition party has vowed to take widespread irregularities during the April 16 referendum to the Constitutional Court and European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), repeating its accusations against the election watchdog and calling on the Supreme Election Board (YSK) to annul the referendum results.

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Turkey approves presidential system in tight referendum

Some 51.3 percent of the more than 58 million Turkish voters said “yes” to the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) constitutional amendment package in a tight race to decide on whether to shift to an executive presidential system. 

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Romanian Foreign Ministry on the US missiles launch against Syria – A firm reaction to the chemical attack

Romania reiterates the firm condemnation of the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun locality in the Idlib province, on April 4, 2017, with victims among civil population, including children, a Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) release reads.

The US action on April 7, 2017 represents a firm reaction to the atrocities committed by launching the chemical attack. Romania is solider with its allies and with its partners, the release reads.

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Serbia to appoint new PM by June

Serbian President-elect Aleksandar Vučić, who scored a convincing victory in the first round of the election on 2 April 2017, will take his time appointing his successor as prime minister, a position he’s held a firm grip on for three years.  

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Bulgarian caretaker government scraps decree on integration of refugees

At a special sitting on the evening of March 31 2017, the Bulgarian caretaker cabinet scrapped a decree providing for municipalities to voluntarily participate in an EU-funded scheme for the integration of refugees.

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Bulgaria elections: With all votes counted, GERB 32.65%, BSP 27.2%

With 100 per cent of votes counted, Boiko Borissov’s centre-right GERB party had 32.65 per cent of the vote and the Bulgarian Socialist Party 27.2 per cent in the country’s March 26, 2017 early parliamentary elections, according to the Central Election Commission.

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Turkish asylum requests in Greece on the rise

An increasing number of Turkish nationals have been finding their way to Greece since the failed coup attempt in the neighboring country and the mass purges that followed.

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Declaration of the leaders of 27 member states and of the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission

We, the Leaders of 27 Member States and of EU institutions, take pride in the achievements of the European Union: the construction of European unity is a bold, far-sighted endeavour. 

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Greece PM Tsipras Letter to European Leaders

In a letter sent on 23.03.2017 to the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, the President of the European Commission Jaen-Claude Juncker and to chairpersons of Summit in Rome Joseph Muscat and Paolo Gentiloni, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras requesting a clear answer to whether the European social model, especially in terms of labor relations and collective bargaining is valid for all  member- states  without exception, or for all except Greece.

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New government in FYROM ready to be formalized

SDSM (Macedonian Social Democratic Union), BDI (Democratic Union for Integration) and Alliance for Albanians are ready to form a new government in FYROM. The head of the cabinet will be the leader of SDSM, Zoran Zaev.

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EU summons Turkish ambassador over Erdogan safety remarks

The EU today (23 March 2017) summoned the Turkish envoy to explain President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s warning that Europeans risk being unsafe on the world’s streets.

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Strong reactions by the Albanian Defence Ministry on the “Russian influence in the Balkans

Security in the Balkans and NATO accession has brought to Tirana the Montenegrin Defence Minister, Predrag Boskovic, who has had a closed door meeting with the Albanian minister.

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Bulgaria’s 2017 elections: Reports received of voters being bussed in from Turkey – Deputy PM

Bulgaria’s caretaker government has received reports of buses being organised to bring voters in from Turkey for the March 26, 2017 parliamentary elections, Stefan Yanev, the deputy prime minister in charge of the government’s role in election preparations, said.

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Rise above political bickering, Hahn urges Macedonia leaders

Macedonia needs to rise above political feuding and form a government as soon as possible to unblock the Balkan country’s path to European Union membership, the EU said yesterday (21 March 2017).

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