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Greece suspends state funding to Golden Dawn

 

 

 

The Greek Parliament decided Wednesday (18.12.2013) to suspend state funding to the neo-facist Golden Dawn party.

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Ashton Urges EU to Open Serbia Accession Talks

 

 

 

The EU High Representative has recommended that the EU start accession talks with Serbia, on the grounds that Serbia has done what the April agreement obliged it to do.

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Cyprus: No start to negotiations without preconditions

Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades has stated that if Greek Cyprus' preconditions are not met, starting negotiations with the Turkish Cypriots to solve the dispute on the east Mediterranean island of Cyprus will be out of the question.

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Bosnia's Croat Coalition Falls Apart

The two largest Croat parties, which are among the ruling six in Bosnia's state-level government, have ended their coalition, a move that follows splits in the Bosniak and Serb blocs.

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Cecilia Malmström signs the Readmission Agreement and launches the Visa Liberalisation Dialogue with Turkey

 European Commission - IP/13/1259   16/12/2013

Press release Brussels, 16 December 2013

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The Netherlands vetoes Albania’s EU candidate status

The Dutch parliament has voted against a government proposal to grant Albania the status of EU candidate, preventing EU leaders from rubberstamping the proposal during a summit in Brussels on 19-20 December.

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Rifts develop in PASOK and DIMAR over response to political newcomer

Greece’s two center-left parties, PASOK and Democratic Left (DIMAR), found themselves in turmoil Friday over disagreements about how their leaders should respond to the efforts of the country’s social democrats to revitalize their fortunes.

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Bulgaria, Macedonia See Little Progress in 'Friendship Treaty' Talks

Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister believes that no significant progress has been achieved so far in the country’s good-neighbor agreement talks with Macedonia.

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Is Serbia the new Ukraine?

 

 

 

President Viktor Yanukovich's decision to suspend preparations for signing an Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the European Union, for the sake of maintaining relations with Russia, caused a public outrage from Ukrainian pro-European citizens, triggering the largest protest to take place in Ukraine since Orange revolution. 

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Greek EU presidency: focus on growth, migration, and energy

Greece's upcoming six-month turn as EU president will focus on fostering growth, regulating immigration and promoting maritime issues with emphasis on undersea energy exploration, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said Wednesday (11.12.2013).

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Боцан-Харченко: Русия защитава същинския Дейтън

Руският посланик в БиХ Ал. Боцан-Харченко заявил, че Русия има интерес

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К. Шварц-Шилинг за положението в БиХ

Бившият Върховен представител на ЕС в БиХ К. Шварц-Шилинг (януари 2006 - януари 2007 г.) заявил, че е време

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Djukanovic Pays Landmark Visit to Serbia

Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic is to make his first official visit to Serbia in a decade with a view to improving the previously tetchy relations between the two neighbours. Djukanovic arrives in Belgrade on Monday (09.12.2013) for his first official visit to Serbia since Montenegro regained independence in 2006.

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Bosnian Serb MPs Stage Protest Boycott

Opposition MPs from Republika Srpska boycotted the Serb-led entity’s assembly in protest against the use of emergency measures to adopt a budget in time to meet an IMF-imposed deadline.

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Tensions in Serbian Ruling Party Burst Open

An MP of the ruling Progressive Party has accused the party leader, Aleksandar Vucic, of behaving like an autocrat, adding that he would take part in the forthcoming contest for a new party leadership.

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