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Social Democrats Scent Victory in Romanian Election

The centre-left wing Social Democrats appear on course for a strong showing in this weekend's elections, although they are unlikely to win a majority and turnout could be low.

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Charter amendment draft submitted to Turkey’s parliament

A constitutional amendment package introducing a shift to a presidential system was submitted to Turkey’s parliament on Dec. 10, 2016 after the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) struck an agreement with the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) on the draft amendments.

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Montenegro Serbs Tell Serbia's PM Their Woes

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has agreed to hear the grievances of leaders of the pro-Serbian opposition in Montenegro - who wish to inform him of their plight in the country.

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Old Doubts Cling to Montenegro’s New Cabinet

Despite a host of fresh faces in the cabinet, not everyone is persuaded that Montenegro's new government under Dusko Markovic will be that different from the old one.

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Power Struggle Shakes Bosnia's Biggest Party

Bakir Izetbegovic, leader of the Party of Democratic Action, SDA, and chair of the Bosnian Presidency, is facing a growing challenge from restive dissenters in the ranks.

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Balkan candidates hope to reinvigorate EU bids with new strategy

Enlargement has fallen off the EU’s list of priorities and the Union is more than likely to shrink before it grows again. But the Western Balkans are still aspiring EU members and a new strategy has been developed that hopes to put them back on Brussels’ immediate agenda.

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Montenegro Albanians Win Payback for Backing Government

Montenegro’s government will give a mainly Albanian-populated area long-sought municipal status among other concessions after ethnic Albanian politicians helped the ruling party gain a parliamentary majority.

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Spiting Russia, Montenegro gets pro-NATO government

 Montenegro's parliament has approved a new pro-NATO government, but the pro-Russia opposition boycotted the vote. The country's NATO bid has created political tensions.

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Croatian Opposition Elects New Leftist Leader

First round favourite, Davor Bernardic, has won the elections for the president of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, by a landslide; with a pledge to return the party to its leftist course and bring back its traditional voters.

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Corruption and nationalism threaten Bosnia’s EU bid

 “We deserve to be in the European Union,” Bosnia and Herzegovina’s prime minister, Denis Zvizdić, told journalists yesterday (24 November 2016).

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Parliament backs freeze of Turkish membership talks

The European Parliament on 24.11.2016 voted in favour of a freeze of membership talks with Turkey over its post-coup crackdown, further escalating tensions with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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Cyprus question: Anastasiades says he does not want to play blame game, ready to continue negotiations

President Nicos Anastasiades said on 23.11.2016 he did not want to play the blame game after territory talks failed in Mont Pelerin in Switzerland in the early hours of Tuesday, but he said he was ready to pick up where negotiations had broken down.

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Turkey, EU unlikely to break ties despite glaring animosity

ISTANBUL, Nov. 20, 2016 (Xinhua) -- A war of words in recent months has prompted a call from Turkey for suspending talks about accession to the European Union (EU), but analysts do not expect a rupture in relations between the two partners given their mutual interests.

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President Erdoğan: EU not everything, Turkey may join Shanghai Five

Turkey should not be “fixated” on the idea of joining the European Union and should look at other opportunities, such as the Russia-led Shanghai Pact, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said.

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Cyprus talks in Switzerland to focus on crucial issue of territory

United Nations-buffered talks aimed at reunifying Cyprus are due to resume on the island next week following planned discussions between Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in Switzerland on Sunday expected to focus on territory.

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