• Quint group urges Kosovo and Serbia to resume dialogue

      Quint group urges Kosovo and Serbia to resume dialogue

      Four European countries and the United States urged Kosovo and Serbia on Tuesday to re-launch their dialogue on normalizing ties if they wish to advance their bid for EU membership, news wires reported. "The status quo prevents progress on Kosovo's and Serbia's path toward the European Union (EU) and is simply not sustainable," the so-called Quint group of the US, Italy, France, Germany and Britain said in a joint statement.

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    • Borissov, Zaev discuss friendship and cooperation

      Borissov, Zaev discuss friendship and cooperation

      Prime ministers Boyko Borissov of Bulgaria and Zoran Zaev of North Macedonia discussed in Skopje Thursday the benefits for their countries stemming from the implementation of the Friendship, Goodneighbourliness and Cooperation Treaty, the Bulgarian Government's press service reported. Borissov stressed Bulgaria's desire to develop close and friendly relations, corresponding to the two countries' common history and closeness between citizens.

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    • France, Serbia discuss European enlargement, Kosovo dispute

      France, Serbia discuss European enlargement, Kosovo dispute

      Serbia needs French support in European integration, as well as engagement to relieve tensions with its unilaterally seceded province of Kosovo, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Belgrade on Monday. Macron arrived in the Serbian capital for a two-day official visit. Yesterday, he held "long, open and sincere" talks with Vucic at the Palace of Serbia. The first visit of a French president since 2001 reflects the open-handed approach of the French state and people to Serbia, Vucic said.

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    • Turkey to keep drilling off Cyprus, despite EU measures

      Turkey to keep drilling off Cyprus, despite EU measures

      Turkey has said punitive EU measures against it will not deter it from continuing to search for oil and gas off the coast of Cyprus. The statement came after on Monday, the foreign ministers of the EU agreed to call off high-level political meetings, suspend negotiations on an aviation deal and reduce EU accession funding earmarked for Turkey.

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    • Europol opens in Tirana its 2nd office outside the EU

      Europol opens in Tirana its 2nd office outside the EU

      Europol opened on Thursday in Tirana it’s second liaison bureau outside the EU. The first one is in Washington. “This is an important step in establishing a strong partnership and trust between the Member States and the Western Balkans”, Catherine De Bolle, Executive Director of Europol, said at the opening ceremony (pictured).

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    • Istanbul to re-do mayoral election

      Istanbul to re-do mayoral election

      Millions of Istanbul residents are returning to the polls today to vote in a re-run of a mayoral election that has become a crucial referendum on President Tayyip Erdogan’s policies and a test of Turkey’s ailing democracy. Polling stations across the city opened at 8:00 a.m. local time with 10.56 million people registered to vote in a city which makes up nearly a fifth of Turkey’s 82 million population.

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