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Macedonia Expects Fifth Green Light from EU

Macedonia this week expects a fifth recommendation for a start to EU membership talks - but the likely endorsement means little without a resolution to the ‘name’ dispute with Greece.

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EU Report Gives Serbia Cautious Thumbs-up

The latest EU report praises Serbia's progress towards European integration, especially on Kosovo, but says it still faces challenges in the fields of rule of law, economy and media.

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Golden Dawn member suggests party's MPs involved in gun smuggling

A convicted member of Golden Dawn has told magistrates that he believes some of the Neo-Nazi party’s MPs were involved in gun smuggling.

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Kosovo Drops Fees for South Serbia Albanians

The Kosovo government said it will no longer ask ethnic Albanians from Serbia’s southern Presevo Valley to pay insurance fees to take their cars across the border.

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Turkey expects EU action on Europe's Turkish minorities as well after Halki comments

Commenting on a recent statement from the European Union that rejected a reciprocity proposal by Turkey for the possible reopening of the Greek Orthodox Halki Seminary on Heybeliada, a Foreign Ministry official has said Turkey expects the EU to be interested in issues concerning the situation of Turkish minorities in Europe as well.

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Croatian Ex-Environment Minister Launches Green Party

Mirela Holy, the former environment minister who left the ruling Social Democrats recently, that she will form a new green party called Orah (Walnut).

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Serbian-Albanian Leader Claims PM Threatened Him

The head of the ethnic Albanian Movement for Democratic Progress party, Jonuz Musliu,  accused Serbian premier Ivica Dacic of threatening him during a meeting in Belgrade.

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Bosniaks and Croats Intensify Talks on Election Reform

The Bosniak and Croat ruling parties have so far failed to find common ground over reforming elections to the state presidency before a crucial meeting on the issue in Brussels.

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Italy Backs Albania’s EU Candidate Status

Foreign minister Emma Bonino said during a visit to Tirana that Italy was working to ensure that Albania receives its EU candidate status this autumn.

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Romanian Minister Resigns in Corruption Allegations Row

Economy minister Varujan Vosganian resigned amid a row over his alleged involvement in a controversial natural gas deal but maintained that he was innocent.

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ICG report praises reformist role Hizmet plays in settlement process

A recent report released by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on Turkey's efforts to address the Kurdish issue has praised the positive role the faith-based Hizmet movement plays in the settlement process.

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Turkey’s non-Muslim minorities disappointed by ‘reciprocity for rights’

Government’s insistence on reciprocal steps from Greece to improve religious rights for its Turkish minority is subject to criticism as pundits and members of the non-Muslim minorities lament that non-Muslim citizens of Turkey are being deprived of their rights.

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Kosovo on Serbia row: 'Much ado about nothing'

Kosovo says its recent election row with Serbia was "much ado about nothing," while noting that more EU states are preparing to recognise its sovereignty.

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Serbia accuses Kosovo of wrecking EU-brokered deal

Serbian PM Dacic Friday (04.10.2013)accused Kosovo of trying to wreck an EU-brokered deal on better relations by forbidding him to enter north Kosovo during upcoming municipal elections.

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Tony Blair Signs in as Adviser to Albania

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived in Tirana on Thursday to start a role as an adviser to the centre-left government of Edi Rama.

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