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    • North Macedonia to take its seat at NATO

      North Macedonia to take its seat at NATO

      The former Yugoslav state Macedona has officially gained its new name as the Republic of North Macedonia, putting a start to country's official process of joining NATO. According to alliance's officials it will be accepted as a full member late this year or early in 2020 once parliaments have endorsed the so-called `Protocol of the North Atlantic Treaty for the Accession of North Macedonia`. Until then, however, it can take part in NATO meetings as a guest.

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    • Macedonia starts critical debate over name change

      Macedonia starts critical debate over name change

      Macedonian lawmakers are poised to gather from Wednesday, 9 January, to hold a crucial debate about changing their country's name to settle a decades-long dispute with Greece and open the way to NATO and EU membership. But the switch to "the Republic of North Macedonia" is expected to be an uphill task involving 4 constitutional amendments and the support of two thirds of the 120-member parliament.

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    • Kosovo lawmakers approve army

      Kosovo lawmakers approve army

      Kosovo's parliament on Friday approved three draft laws on the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) expanding its competences and creating a legal base for its transformation into a regular army with 5,000 troop, plus 3,000 reservists. The three draft laws concern one directly on the Kosovo Security Force, KSF, another on a Ministry of Defence and a third on service in the KSF.

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    • 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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    • NATO gives Russia 60 days to comply with INF treaty

      NATO gives Russia 60 days to comply with INF treaty

      Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday warned that the US will suspend its obligations under the Cold-War era nuclear pact, dubbed Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in the next 60 days, in case Russia doesn't come back into compliance. The 60-day grace period was granted by the US as a concession to European partners who wanted to give Moscow a last chance. 

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    • Ukraine crisis - top of NATO meeting agenda

      Ukraine crisis - top of NATO meeting agenda

      Russia’s last week seizure of three Ukrainian naval ships and their 24 sailors promised to dominate a NATO Foreign Ministers summit that will get underway in Brussels later today, with members on both sides of the Atlantic grappling to craft a robust response. The issue will be discussed during a special meeting with the foreign ministers of Ukraine and Georgia, where US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the 28 other NATO foreign ministers are expected to offer political support to Ukraine, but not provide naval escorts or any military assistance beyond what’s being done now. 

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    • Commissioner Bienkowska attends NATO-Industry Forum

      Commissioner Bienkowska attends NATO-Industry Forum

      On Tuesday EU Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elzbieta Bienkowska will arrive in Berlin, where she will attend at the NATO-Industry Forum 2018. At the event the Commissioner will deliver a keynote address as will the Supreme Allied Commander General Andre Lanata, the Head of the German Chancellery Helge Braun and the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg. 

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    • Stoltenberg: No new nuclear arms in Europe despite Russian treaty breach

      Stoltenberg: No new nuclear arms in Europe despite Russian treaty breach

      NATO allies are not likely to deploy more nuclear weapons in Europe in response to what the West says is a Russian breach of a nuclear arms control treaty that Washington is pulling out of, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday. Washington will press ahead with a plan to quit a landmark nuclear arms control pact despite objections from Russia and some European countries, senior US official John Bolton said on Tuesday, after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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    • Trump: 'Nobody treats us much worse than the EU'

      Trump: 'Nobody treats us much worse than the EU'

      US President Donald Trump again railed against the trans-Atlantic trade relationship, claiming that the European Union was formed with the sole purpose to take advantage of his country. "The European Union was formed in order to take advantage of us on trade, and that's what they've done," Trump said in a wide-ranging interview aired Sunday on CBS's “60 Minutes,” adding that nobody treats the US  "much worse than the European Union."

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