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Turkish parliament approves key changes in electoral regulations during nightlong session

A substantial law that gives the green light to political parties to form pre-election alliances and overhauls electoral regulations on the eve of 2019 polls has been approved at parliament after a marathon nightlong session (12.03.2018), which included a physical fight between ruling and opposition lawmakers.

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Serbia- BiH relations. "Grand Belgrade-Sarajevo topic": Unsolved border issues

Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) Presidency member Mladen Ivanic says border issues between BiH and Serbia have been turned into "a grand topic for no reason."

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Kosovo-Montenegro relations

Kurti asks revise of border with Montenegro before ratification of demarcation deal.

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Jean-Claude Juncker and EU 'enlargement fatigue'

Brussels has opened a new window for EU membership to six Western Balkans nations.

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Turkey: Possible alliance between Good party*, Felicity Party** and Democrat Party***

İYİ (Good) Party leader Meral Akşener has said she “really wants” to form an alliance with the Felicity Party (SP) and the Democrat Party (DP), two small conservative parties with no seats in parliament, ahead of the 2019 elections.

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US: Albania’s Rama is ‘careless’ on Kosovo

The United States urged Albania on 21 February, 2018 to avoid “careless language” after its prime minister suggested a single president and single security policy for both his country and neighbouring Kosovo. 

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AKP, MHP strike agreement on pre-election alliance legal package

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have agreed on a 26-article legislative package that would pave the way for formal a pre-election alliance, following a face-to-face meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and MHP head Devlet Bahçeli.

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EU split over expansion into Western Balkans European Union foreign ministers disagreed on Thursday

European Union foreign ministers disagreed on Thursday over a proposal by the bloc’s executive to push for expansion into the Western Balkans, a region still scarred by ethnic wars fought in the 1990s and dogged by a reputation for lawlessness.

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Language Feud Delays Bosnia's Answer to EU Questionnaire

Bosnia has finally prepared its answers to its EU Questionnaire after more than two years – but long-standing disputes between the entities over language matters and the census are preventing it from being returned to Brussels.

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SECURITY COUNCIL 8176TH MEETING (on Kosovo) 06.02.2018

Attempts to Repeal Law on Kosovo Chambers a Grave Concern, Special Representative Tells Security Council amid Calls for Continued High-Level Dialogue

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Turkish position paper submitted to the European Union aiming to secure visa liberalization with EU

The position paper (as of 06.02.2018) includes a number of other articles, reported by Cumhuriyet daily as follows: 

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No: 38, 8 February 2018, Press Release Regarding the Resolution of the European Parliament Entitled “Current Situation of Human Rights in Turkey”

The resolution adopted today (February 8) by the European Parliament on the "Current Situation of Human Rights in Turkey"*  is far from understanding the current conditions Turkey faces. 

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Dutch PM Rutte in Sofia: More work needed before Bulgaria can join Schengen

Visiting Sofia on February 6, 2018, Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte expressed support for Bulgaria joining the EU’s Schengen visa zone, but noted that there were still work to be done before it was ready.

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Obama lied to us, Trump follows the same path: Erdoğan

Former U.S. President Barack Obama “lied to Turkey” on the issue of Syrian Kurdish fighters in Syria’s Manbij region and current U.S. President Donald Trump “follows the same path,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said 0n 06.02.2018.

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