• NATO greenlights MAP for Bosnia

      NATO greenlights MAP for Bosnia

      NATO foreign ministers gave Bosnia-Herzegovina the green light to take a major step forward on its path toward joining the world's biggest military alliance, albeit the Bosnian Serb objections to membership. Meeting in Brussels on December 5, the ministers invited Bosnia to submit its first annual national program of political, economic, and defense reforms aimed at bringing aspiring countries into line with the Atlantic alliance's standards.

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    • FYROM moves closer to name change

      FYROM moves closer to name change

      Macedonia moved closer on Sunday to rename the country and remove a key hurdle on the road to breaking a decades-long stalemate with Greece, after 67 MPs in the 120-member parliament vote for a second reading of four amendments to the country's constitution. 

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    • Kosovo hits Serbia, Bosnia with 100% import tax

      Kosovo hits Serbia, Bosnia with 100% import tax

      Kosovo has imposed a 100 percent tax on products from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in a move the government said is aimed at defending the country’s “vital interest" following Belgrade's "aggressive campaign” against the young republic on the international stage. The retaliation also requires authorities to remove or prevent from entering any goods that did not address Kosovo by its constitutional name, Republic of Kosovo, which Serbia and Bosnia do not recognise. 

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    • MPs in Skopje propped up name change

      MPs in Skopje propped up name change

      On Friday evening the national parliament in Skopje  propped up amendments in the country’s constitution that allows the state to change its name to Northern Macedonia. The move was backed by 80 out of 120 members of the parliament at a sitting that was delayed with more than ten hours. The backing became possible after several MPs from the opposition party VMRO-DPMNE voted in favour.
       

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    • Macedonia lawmakers to debate name change

      Macedonia lawmakers to debate name change

      The Macedonian parliament is poised to decide on Monday whether to accept changing the Balkan country's name in line with the Prespa agreement over two weeks after a referendum on the issue was marred by low turnout. The name change, which was pushed by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, is aimed at settling a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece and potentially opening up the route to European Union and NATO membership for Macedonia. 

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    • Turkey introduces plan for taming inflation

      Turkey introduces plan for taming inflation

      The Turkish government revealed measures aimed at reining in double-digit inflation that has helped erode investor confidence in the country and contributed to a sharp depreciation of the currency this year. On Tuesday Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak introduced a series of solutions that the government hopes will bring down inflation, which stood at nearly 25% in September, compared with just under 18% for the month before, pushing inflation figures to a 15-year high. Gains in producer prices have soared at nearly double that pace.

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    • Serb nationalist claims victory in Bosnia

      Serb nationalist claims victory in Bosnia

      A pro-Russia Serbian nationalist leader Milorad Dodik has claimed victory with 55 percent of votes over moderate incumbent Mladen Ivanic to take the Serbs' seat at the tripartite presidency, according to preliminary results from Bosnia's Election Commission. The victory for Milorad Dodik, who is considered a close ally of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, could result in exacerbating ethnic rivalries in the Balkan nation and stalling country’s bid for membership in the EU.

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    • Vucic to request Russia's support over Kosovo tensions

      Vucic to request Russia's support over Kosovo tensions

      Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, to discuss how to push forward a deal with Kosovo after a plan to rework their borders faced international resistance. The negotiations will be held amid the growing tensions around Kosovo and their agenda will include a broad range of issues. Yet, The situation with Kosovo is expected "to be the priority” in talks with Putin.

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    • Macedonia's PM Zoran Zaev will face a crucial battle in parliament

      Macedonia's PM Zoran Zaev will face a crucial battle in parliament

      The non-binding referendum in Macedonia, held on Sunday, was marred by low turnout and the end a decades-long spat with Greece on the name seems to move away. With ballots from 93% of polling stations counted, 91.3% of votes favoured the name changing to North Macedonia, compared to 5.7% opposed, according to the electoral commission's official count. Only a third of the 1.8 million-strong electorate voted.

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