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Voutsis: Greece has interest in finding mutually acceptable solution, but with constitutional guarantees

Finding a mutually acceptable solution to the name issue, prescribed in the constitution and for all uses, is in Greece’s interest, says Parliament Speaker Nikos Voutsis, MIA reports from Athens. “It is in Greece’s interest...
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U.S. has ‘concerns’ about Turkey holding fair vote under state of emergency

The United States said on Thursday it had concerns about Turkey’s ability to hold free and fair elections given the ongoing state of emergency, a day after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called for a snap vote on June 24. “During a state...
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EU parliament demands independent probe into Slovak reporter’s murder

The European Parliament called Thursday on Slovakia to ensure a full and independent investigation into the murder of an investigative reporter while demanding better protections for all journalists in the EU, AFP reports. The appeal was adopted...
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Cuba’s new president vows to defend Castro revolutionary legacy

Cuba’s new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, began his term on Thursday with a promise to defend the socialist revolution led by the Castro brothers since 1959, giving a strident speech that also emphasized the need to modernize the island’s...
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Merkel urges compromise, Macron wants solidarity on euro zone reforms

Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a spirit of compromise on reforming the euro zone at a meeting on Thursday with French President Emmanuel Macron, who pressed for solidarity among members of the currency union, Reuters reports. Before starting...
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Belgium firms prosecuted over exporting Sarin precursor to Syria

Three Belgian companies are to be prosecuted for exporting chemicals that could be used in the production of the deadly nerve agent Sarin to Syria, BBC reports. The companies exported 96 tonnes of isopropanol to Syria between 2014 and 2016,...
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EU foreign policy hails Western Balkan efforts at membership

The European Union foreign policy chief on Thursday hailed efforts by nations in Western Balkans to advance toward membership in the bloc, The Associated Press reports. Federica Mogherini spoke in Serbian capital Belgrade, the last stop of...
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EU foreign policy chief praises Montenegro’s role in Balkans

The European Union foreign policy chief has praised Montenegro’s role in the volatile Balkan region, The Associated Press reports. Federica Mogherini said Thursday that Montenegro has played an “excellent” role in encouraging...
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State Department: US supports Macedonia’s accession to EU, NATO

The US State Department has voiced strong support of Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic future, as the European Commission recommended for the country to commence the EU accession talks, MIA reported from Washington on Thursday. ‘We continue to...
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Kosovo’s platform for the final dialogue with Serbia

Kosovo’s government has presented today the state platform for the final phase of dialogue with Serbia. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj declared that this platform will be sent to parliament for approval. He said that the last phase of dialogue...