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Öcalan calls for cease-fire, PKK withdrawal in historic message

Jailed leader of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Abdullah Öcalan called  on PKK forces for a cease-fire and withdrawal from Turkey, in a long-awaited, historic announcement during celebrations of Nevruz, a spring festival, in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on Thursday (21.03.2013).

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PM's Walkout Worsens Bosnia Federation Crisis

The Federation entity faces further political turmoil after the Prime Minister walked out of a session, accusing other parties of staging a putsch.

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Macedonian Election Turns into Bruising Battle

Negative campaigning and ethnic mobilization mark the local election campaign, which the opposition is trying to turn into a referendum on the government.

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Вуянович и Лекич единствени кандидати за президент на Черна Гора

От Държавната изборна комисия на Черна Гора се съобщава, че в президентските избори, които ще се проведат на 7 април т.г., ще участват

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Фюле-Николич:Датата зависи от подобряването на отношенията с Косово

Във връзка с динамиката на диалога между Прищина и Белград, Европейският комисар по разширяването Щ. Фюле е заявил по време на срещата си в Белград

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Montenegro PM Pledges To Tame Public Spending

Milo Djukanovic said his government would not shy away from unpopular measures in order to bring public spending back under control.

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Romanian Ex-PM Nastase Freed From Prison

Adrian Nastase has ended his two-year jail term for corruption after serving just eight months behind bars - but whether he can relaunch his political career remains to be seen.

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Сръбският премиер Дачич за диалога с Прищина

Според Дачич, преговорите не напредват поради нежеланието на Прищина да приеме направените предложения от Сърбия във връзка с Общността на сръбските общини

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Political crisis threatens Bulgaria's fragile economy

After weeks of protests, Bulgaria's new technocrat caretaker government must urgently restore trust in state institutions or risk exacerbating an already dire economic situation in the European Union's poorest country, analysts say.

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Macedonian Rivals Ally Against Albanians For Elections

Macedonia's - normally feuding - main ruling and opposition parties are uniting against Albanian candidates in two key towns in the west for the March 24 local elections.

 

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Dispute Over Judges Delays North Kosovo Deal

Serbian and Kosovo officials have agreed on the executive powers to be ceded to the Serb-run north of Kosovo - but are still at odds over who will appoint judges there, an EU diplomat told Balkan Insight.

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Bulgaria Appoints Caretaker Govt Ahead of Polls

A caretaker government has been appointed to run Bulgaria ahead of early general elections in May, the President announced.

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Bosnia Serb PM Unveils New Ministerial Team

The new Prime Minister of Republika Srpska, Zeljka Cvijanovic, has named six new ministers as part of her rejigged team, while promising a tougher fight against corruption.

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South Serbia Albanians Seek Community of Municipalities

As Belgrade and Pristina mull forming an association of Serbian municipalities in Kosovo, ethnic Albanians in South Serbia now want the same deal for themselves.

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