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Erdogan: ‘Egyptian people, Turkish nation have history-based unity’

On the heels of new exploratory talks between Ankara and Cairo, the Turkish president on Friday stressed the ancient friendship between the Turkish and Egyptian peoples. “The Egyptian people and the Turkish nation have a history-based unity,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters after Friday prayers in Istanbul. He added: “As friends, we strive to restore…

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Varhelyi: Albania ‘can start’ accession talks without Northern Macedonia

Albania and Northern Macedonia have so far been treated as an inseparable body on the path to European Union integration. However, the problems that Skopje has recently faced with Sofia due to issues of a historical context, the EU may be forced to hold the first Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) only with Albania, instead of the…

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Cavusoglu: Foreign fighters should not be confused with forces in Libya under legitimate Gov pact

Foreign fighters and mercenaries should leave Libya, but these forces should not be confused with the legitimate forces that train the Libyan army under a pact with the legitimate government, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Thursday, according to the Anadolu Agency. “There are a lot of foreign fighters and mercenaries in Libya. “We agree on…

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Cyprus: Anastasiades goes to Portugal for the Porto Social Summit

The President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades will leave for Porto, Portugal on Thursday to attend the Porto Social Summit organized by the Portuguese Presidency of the EU on 7 and 8 May. The Porto Summit consists of two parts. On 7 May, the Portuguese Presidency will host a High Level Conference with…

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Albania: Edi Rama secured a third term

The Socialist Party of Albania (SP) has secured a third consecutive term in parliamentary elections, winning almost half of the vote and several seats in parliament for a party government. The Central Election Commission said on Tuesday that with 98% of the vote from Sunday ‘s vote, Prime Minister Edi Rama’ s Socialists won 48.79%…

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Logar: “Non-paper” does not exist

Slovenia’s Foreign Minister An ,e Logar stated that there was no “ghost letter” regarding the Western Balkans that some media attributed to Slovenia and that discussions about it had harmed Slovenia, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the session of the parliamentary committee on foreign policy, the Slovenian minister stressed that Slovenia’s strategy towards…

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Greece: Yiannis Lagos, Golden Dawn MEP arrested in Brussels

MEP Yiannis Lagos, a former member of the far-right Golden Dawn, was arrested in Brussels on Tuesday following the European Parliament’s decision to lift his immunity from prosecution as an MEP after a European arrest warrant was issued immediately against him. According to the Greek Ministry of Civil Defense, Lagos was arrested by Belgian police…

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Albania: Joint Statement by Borrell and Várhely on Parliamentary Elections

On Sunday, the people of Albania exercised their democratic right to vote. We commend all those who contributed to make this possible, despite the challenging context of COVID-19. The elections were held following a new electoral framework, adopted in line with OSCE / ODIHR recommendations. According to the preliminary findings and conclusions of the OSCE…

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Albania: PS 48.61%, PD 39.39%, LSI 6.91% and PSD 2.25%

The data reported by the CEC and processed by Euronews Albania confirm that until 08:00 (local time) this morning, the Socialist Party continues to maintain an overwhelming electoral result at a national level. While 4759 ballot boxes have been counted so far, out of 5199 in total (91.53%), the Socialist Party is in the lead…

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State Department: US Commitment to the Western Balkans

A State Department statement by Spokesman Ned Price outlines US commitments to the Western Balkans. Full notice: The United States is committed to supporting the countries of the Western Balkans on their path to European integration and membership in key European and Euro-Atlantic institutions. We are working with the Western Balkan countries and our European…

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Montenegrin Stock Exchange and Sarajevo Stock Exchange sign agreement on expanding co-operation

Representatives of the Montenegrin Stock Exchange and the Sarajevo Stock Exchange today signed an agreement on business and technical co-operation, aimed at developing and modernizing the platforms and electronic services of Montenegrin capital market market organizers. The signed agreement is, as announced at the joint online press conference, a continuation of the successful cooperation between…

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The Croatian group Fortenova takes over the shares of Mercator

The Croatian Fortenova Group, the legal successor of Agrocor Company, announced that 69.57 per cent of the shares of Poslovni sistem Mercator have been transferred from Agrokor dd to Fortenova Group, where Mercator has become an integral part of the Fortenova Group Retail Division, which now owns 88.1 per cent. of Mercator stock. The transfer…

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Turkey: After Reagan and Biden Characterize 1915 Events as Armenian Genocide – Reactions from Turkey

The statements of US President Joe Biden, who characterizes as genocide, the events of the Turkish side calls of 1915, which took place by the Ottoman administration against the Armenians, have provoked strong reactions in the Turkish political leadership. Of course, this is not the first time an American President has referred to the Armenian…

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Cyprus: The Geneva talks are critical, says Anastasiades

Finding a common language to continue the dialogue on the Cyprus issue is the main goal of the new United Nations effort in Geneva. Speaking exclusively to “Phileleftheros”, President Anastasiades, shortly before the trip to Geneva, says that what interests him is to find this common language to continue a creative dialogue that will lead…

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Turkey: Biden spoke with Erdogan

US President Joseph R. Biden spoke today with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, conveying his interest in a constructive bilateral relationship with expanded areas of cooperation and effective dispute management. The leaders agreed to hold a bilateral meeting on the borders of the NATO Summit in June to discuss the full range of bilateral and…

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Albania: Tirana Administrative Court upholds 14-day quarantine for travelers from Greece and northern Macedonia

According to press releases, today the Administrative Court rejected the appeal filed by the SMI against the decision of the Committee of Experts to establish a two-week quarantine for Albanian citizens entering Albania from Greece and Northern Macedonia. The Socialist Movement for Integration (SMI) filed today in the Administrative Court of Tirana a request for…

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Cyprus: Anastasiades informs the National Council

The President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades chaired a meeting of the National Council today at the Presidential Palace. The meeting was also attended by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Health, as well as the Greek Cypriot Negotiator on the Cyprus problem Andreas Mavroyiannis. During the meeting, President Anastasiades briefed members of…

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Albania: US and EU Ambassadors Update on Election Preparations

Election Commissioner Ilirjan Celibashi spoke to the media after a meeting with US Ambassador Yuri Kim and EU Ambassador Luigi Soreca. “A very good meeting with Ambassador Kim and Ambassador Soreca on the preparations for the April 25 election process. I informed them about all the measures taken by the Central Election Commission in the…