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Samaras puts the pressure on his cabinet

Prime Minister urging Ministers to keep up with all agreements to be ready for troika evaluation.

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Belgrade Urges Serbs to Vote in Kosovo Polls

The leadership in Belgrade has called on people in the Serb-majority north of Kosovo to take part in the Pristina-run local elections in November.
 

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Macedonia Coalition Partner Backs Compromise With Greece

The deputy leader of Macedonia’s junior ruling Democratic Union for Integration said the proposed name ‘Upper Macedonia’ was an acceptable way of solving the country’s dispute with Greece.

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Albania's Democrats Vote For New Leader

Members of the Democratic Party are voting across Albania to select their new chairman following their poll defeat and the resignation of outgoing Prime Minister Sali Berisha.

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EU-Turkey relations on edge after Germany blocks talks

Turkey has reacted angrily to Germany's hesitation on restarting EU entry talks.

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5 percent rule in Turkey's foreign policy

The Turkish diplomatic engine has started sputtering with not-so-welcomed developments taking place in our neighborhood one by one, risking the alienation and isolation of once a shining beacon of democracy and a model country in the Middle East.

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Macedonian Inquiry Rocked by Key Resignation

Macedonia’s attempt to produce a report on last year's dispute in parliament founders as the head of the commission tasked with investigating the incident announces his resignation.

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Fuele Praises Serbia's EU Progress

The EU Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fuele, said that Serbia had achieved 'undeniable results' in meeting the criteria for EU integration, urging continued reforms.

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Romania President Champions Moldova’s EU Destiny

President Basescu has reitered strong support for Moldova’s eventual European integration - though some say Romania's warm words for it neighbour are not matched by deeds.

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Fule Warns Kosovo of 'Difficult' SAA Talks

Stefan Fule, EU Enlargement Commissioner, said SAA negotiations with Kosovo could finish by spring 2014, but will involve raising 'difficult' issues.

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Albania Eyes Vote Recount in Contested Region

The Central Electoral Commission ordered a recount of a number of ballot boxes from the June 23 elections in the tightly contested region of Lezha following allegations of fraud.

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Parties test one another's position on PM's proposal for 48 amendments

Following Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's proposal last week to pass 48 amendments to the Constitution immediately in Parliament, the political parties represented in Parliament are testing one another's position before moving ahead despite initial positive messages.

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The Future of SYRIZA

Despite recent SYRIZA's transformation into a unified party, internal opposition could lead to further fragmentation

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Junior Party's Diplomacy Annoys Macedonian Leaders

Macedonia’s ruling VMRO DPMNE party is unhappy with the recent diplomatic efforts of its junior Albanian partner - whose leader recently met Bulgarian leaders and urged intensified name talks with Greece.

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Войводина да се включи в преговорите с ЕС

Премиерът на Област Войводина Б. Пайтич е апелирал към ръководителите на бъдещите екипи

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