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Macedonia parliament votes Zaev coalition government into office

Parliament in the Republic of Macedonia voted into office last night the new government led by the social democrat Zoran Zaev.

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Macedonia’s parliament opens session

Macedonia’s prime minister-designate Zoran Zaev pledged yesterday (30 May 2017) to lead the country into the European Union and NATO as the parliament began debate on forming the new government.

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FYROM: Zaev completes the governing cabinet

FYROM’s Prime Minister elect, Zoran Zaev has completed his governing cabinet. 

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On 11 June, Kosovo must elect a European future

In less than three weeks, Kosovo faces a choice between a pro-European future and backward-looking nationalism. I will be leading my party, the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) together with a coalition of centre-right partners, in an election that offers voters the opportunity to decide which path our country takes. This election is, simply, about whether Kosovo is best served by participation in Europe’s economic and political institutions, or distance from them.

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Doubts over Trump’s policies on Russia, trade and climate remain after first EU meeting

European Council President Donald Tusk has said he and US President Donald Trump have not found common ground on climate, trade or Russia in their first meeting. But they did agree on security and counterterrorism.

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New government in FYROM to focus on reforms, integration and Ohrid Agreement

The socialist democrat leader in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev continues to hold talks with Albanian political parties for the creation of the new government. 

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UN officials concerned over Belgrade-Pristina talks

UNMIK chief Zahir Tanin warned of rising tensions in Kosovo and weakening trust between Belgrade and Pristina during Tuesday’s (16.05.2017) UN Security Council session.

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Eurasianism in modern Turkey

William Armstrong - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  ‘The Foreign Policy of Modern Turkey: Power and the Ideology of Eurasianism’ by Özgür Tüfekçi (IB Tauris, 242 pages, $94)

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Kosovo’s government falls

Kosovo’s MPs voted today (10.05.2017) in favor of toppling the government led by the PDK-LDK coalition.

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Bulgaria’s largest party tables bill to introduce majoritarian system for electing Parliament

GERB, the largest party in the National Assembly and the majority partner in Boiko Borissov’s coalition government, tabled on May 10 2017a bill to introduce a majoritarian system for electing MPs.

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Bulgarian National Assembly votes third Boiko Borissov government into office

Bulgaria’s unicameral Parliament, the National Assembly, voted Boiko Borissov’s GERB-United Patriots coalition government into office on May 4 2017.

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Turkey's EU dream is over, for now, top official says

Turkey under President Tayyip Erdogan has turned its back on joining the European Union, at least for now, the bloc's top official dealing with Ankara said, offering economic cooperation instead if both sides can restore friendly ties.

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Germany rejects calls for EU to end Turkey accession talks

Germany said it's against breaking off accession talks between Brussels and Ankara. The country's sentiment echoed EU foreign affairs head Mogherini's desire for Turkey to join the EU, if it can meet all the conditions.

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Albania elects its new President

Ilir Meta, current Speaker of Parliament and leader of the Socialist Movement for Integration, has been elected on 28.04.2017 as the new President of Albania.

In his speech after the election, Meta appealed for more responsibility in these decisive days for democracy, urging all sides to do everything in order for all political parties to participate in the elections.

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Macedonia: Tension and chaos in capital city

In Skopje, Parliament approved on 28.04.2017 afternoon the election of its new speaker, following a political crisis which has been lasting for months. Talat Xhaferi, former minister of Defence and former leader of “Liberation Army of Macedonia”, was elected the new speaker of parliament with the votes of Albanian parties and SDSM led by Zoran Zaev.

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