Archive for July, 2013

From Regional Influence to Diplomatic Isolation: Turkey’s Failing Foreign Policy

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Comments Off

As recently as March 2013, Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu, invoked the legacy of the Ottoman Empire and nostalgically spoke of the time when Yemen and Skopje were part of the same country.[i]This denoted a feeling of power and influence which the Turkish government was experiencing at the time, in spite of the recent […]

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United States urges Egypt to respect the right of peaceful assembly

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Comments Off

The United States opposes arbitrary arrests and detentions, and believes that those in Egypt who have been arrested and not charged should be released, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Wednesday.

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Former Malian Prime Minister leads early polls

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Comments Off

Former Malian Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubakar Keita maintains the lead over former Finance Minister Soumaila Cisse, an administrator said. Mali held the first round of presidential elections Sunday.

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Podgorica to increase diplomatic relations with Pristina

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Comments Off

Montenegrin Foreign minister Igor Luksic said that Podgorica will upgrade diplomatic relations with Pristina by the end of the year but no Montenegrin ambassador to Kosovo will be appointed yet.

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United States and Bulgaria to continue partnership in lawmaking

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Comments Off

The US Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria, Marcie Ries, has held a meeting with the Speaker of the Bulgarian Parliament, Mihail Mikov. The news was reported by the

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UN experts to visit Syria sites where chemical weapons were reported

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Comments Off

UN inspectors will go to Syria to investigate three sites where chemical weapons attacks have been reported, the United Nations said Wednesday.

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Protests erupted in India after ruling coalition approved creation of new state

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Comments Off

Protests erupted Wednesday in southeast India a day after the national ruling coalition approved the creation of a new state, leading to hundreds of arrests, police and reports said. Protests were staged in the coastal and southern regions of Andhra Pradesh

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Romania reached agreement with IMF on a new two-year credit line

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Comments Off

Romania, the IMF and the EU have reached agreement on a new, two-year deal that will give the Balkan country access to a 4.0-billion-euro credit line.

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Turkey decided to freeze some bilateral agreements with Egypt

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Comments Off

Turkey has decided to freeze a number of bilateral agreements with Egypt in the fields of transport, education and health care. In addition, Turkey has suspended deliveries of Turkey-made ANKA unmanned aerial vehicles to Egypt.

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Nigeria begins to withdraw soldiers from Mali

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Comments Off

Nigeria will Wednesday begin withdrawal of some of its troops from Mali because they are needed back home, where the country is battling a deadly Islamist insurgency. t was not clear how many troops would be pulled from

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Macedonia remains comitted to NATO membership

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Comments Off

Macedonia remains firmly engaged to its aspirations for NATO membership and it meets all objective criteria for the accession in the organisation, said Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov after meeting

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Mamnoon Hussain was elected new President of Pakistan

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Comments Off

Pakistan on Tuesday elected businessman Mamnoon Hussain as its 12th president, state TV said, to replace

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Turkish PM holds meeting on Syria amid border issues

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Comments Off

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hosted a key meeting on the Syrian crisis on Tuesday with high-ranking Turkish officials at the prime ministry residence,

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Pakistan holds presidential elections

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Comments Off

Pakistani lawmakers on Tuesday began voting for a new president, marking an end to the five-year term of outgoing Asif Ali Zardari whose party lost May’s general elections.

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Bulgaria is willing to sign good-neighbor agreement with Macedonia

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Comments Off

Bulgaria is strongly committed to signing a good-neighbor agreement with Macedonia and is negotiating to settle the matters that still exist in the bilateral relations, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin has said.

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France calls on Egypt to end violence

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Comments Off

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday called for an end to violence in Egypt and for the release of deposed president Mohammed Morsi and other political prisoners, who are mainly from the Muslim Brotherhood.

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New round of Cyprus talks could take place in October

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Comments Off

Talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriots regarding the island’s future are due to resume in October, the United Nations indicated on Tuesday.

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Catherine Ashton wraps up visit to Egypt

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Comments Off

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton met Egypt’s ousted Islamist president on Tuesday, saying he was “well,” but the country’s political crisis seemed no closer to resolution despite her efforts.

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UNSC to meet and discuss Kosovo on August 28

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Comments Off

A meeting of the UN Security Council where a report by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the situation in Kosovo will be presented will be held on August 28. Ban stated in his regular quarterly report for the period between April 23 and

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Syrian army retakes control of important district in Homs province

Monday, July 29, 2013 Comments Off

Syria’s state media said Monday that Syrian government troops regained full control of the strategic al-Khalidieh

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Turkey condemns Saturday bombing in Pakistan

Monday, July 29, 2013 Comments Off

Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the attack in Pakistan’s Parachinar town which killed 57 people on July 26, Saturday. “We wish God’s mercy for those who lost their lives in the reprehensible attacks organized in

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France praises Mali Presidential elections

Monday, July 29, 2013 Comments Off

People across Mali cast ballots yesterday in the country’s first presidential vote after more than a year of turmoil under a provisional, unelected government.

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Bulgaria supports Macedonia on EU and NATO membership

Monday, July 29, 2013 Comments Off

Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski has reiterated his country’s support for Macedonia’s efforts to join NATO and the European Union.

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Catherine Ashton to visit Egypt for talks after violent weekend

Monday, July 29, 2013 Comments Off

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will hold talks in Egypt after a violent weekend claimed more than 80 lives there. Egypt’s interim government announced that Ashton would meet

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Demonstrations in Bulgaria continue for 46th day

Monday, July 29, 2013 Comments Off

Protests against Bulgaria’s socialist-led government have entered their 46th day as a group of demonstrators left water melons in front of the parliament on Sunday. Thousands of people who are organized on the social media gathered in front of the building of the Council

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Syrian and bullets hit dozens of houses in Turkish province Sanliurfa

Monday, July 29, 2013 Comments Off

Dozens of houses and offices in the border district of Ceylanpinar, province of Sanliurfa, have repeatedly been hit by shells and

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Clashes in Egypt make over 80 victims

Monday, July 29, 2013 Comments Off

The clashes between the Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi this weekend killed 80 people.

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EU to cooperate with Kosovo and decide on EULEX mandate

Monday, July 29, 2013 Comments Off

EULEX’s mandate after June 2014 will be determined by EU states in close cooperation with Kosovo authorities, based on a joint assessment of the situation. EULEX Spokeswoman Irina Gudeljevic said. 

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Turkish President warns that Egypt protests could spread out of control

Friday, July 26, 2013 Comments Off

Turkish President Gül urges the parties in Egypt to step back from the brink of massive violence and find compromise following the July 3 coup. Conflict between pro- and anti-Morsi groups in Egypt could spread out of control and give birth to chaos in the

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CONCEPTE GEOPOLITICE PRIVIND EURASIA REFLECTATE ÎN RELAŢIILE RUSIEI CU PUTERILE OCCIDENTALE.

Friday, July 26, 2013 Comments Off

Introducere Politica externă a Federaţiei Ruse a fost întotdeauna structurată pe cinci mari linii directoare de acţiune, dintre care două, de altfel şi cele mai vizibile în ultimii douăzeci de ani, vizează relaţia cu Occidentul: Statele Unite ale Americii şi Uniunea Europeană. Celelalte trei direcţii au ca ţintă Asia de Est/Orientul Îndepărtat, în principal China, […]

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Lithuania backs Serbia on EU accession

Friday, July 26, 2013 Comments Off

Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicijus met Thursday with Serbia’s top officials in capital Belgrade, expressing his country’s support for the opening of the formal accession negotiations with the EU.

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Azerbaijani president receives EU special representative

Friday, July 26, 2013 Comments Off

Azerbaijan’s president Ilham Aliyev received Ambassador Philippe Lefort, European Union (EU) Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia.

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Kosovo assembly adopts resolution on role of EULEX

Friday, July 26, 2013 Comments Off

The Kosovo assembly in Priština has adopted a resolution on the role of EU mission in Kosovo, EULEX. The resolution “instructs local institutions to start

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Bulgaria and Macedonia to hold intergovernmental sitting

Friday, July 26, 2013 Comments Off

A mini intergovernmental sitting of the governments of Macedonia and Bulgaria will be held on Sunday. The joint sitting will

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Nikola Gruevski says negotiations with Greece are hard to be held

Friday, July 26, 2013 Comments Off

It is hard to hold real negotiations with Greece, said Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski speaking at parliament.

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