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Exodus:Balkan routes of human tragedy

General characteristics- The Western Balkan route describes two main migratory flows: from the Western Balkan countries themselves, and the secondary movements of mainly Asian migrants who originally entered the European Union through the Bulgarian-Turkish or Greek-Turkish land or sea borders and then proceed, through the Western Balkans, into Hungary. This route shows the highest relative increase at the European Union ...

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Tesla pipeline:Macedonia in hot spot

The foreign ministers of Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and Greece are expected to sign a memorandum on the construction of the Tesla pipeline, which should connect the Turkish Stream pipeline with Austria. The document is scheduled to be signed in September, Russian newspaper Vedomosti reports. The pipeline, which is a continuation of the Turkish Stream of Russia’s energy supplier Gazprom, should ...

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Country Reports on Terrorism 2014

BUREAU OF COUNTERTERRORISM Country Reports on Terrorism 2014 Report EUROPE While Europe continued to face terrorist threats from a variety of sources in 2014, a primary area of concern in many countries was the emergence of the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters participating in the conflict in Syria and Iraq in the ranks of such groups as al-Nusrah Front ...

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World Day against trafficking in persons

  “Every country must join together to overcome this transnational threat by supporting and protecting victims while pursuing and prosecuting the criminals. On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, let us resolve to act as one in the name of justice and dignity for all.” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. On Macedonia:Department of State OFFICE TO MONITOR AND COMBAT TRAFFICKING IN ...

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Leaders of Macedonia have reach political deal,crisis still threat for future instability

PROTOCOL to the Agreement of 2 June 2015 In the Agreement of June 2, article 6, first indent, it is stated: “By June 10, the parties shall agree on the exact organization of the government preparing the elections”. On 19 June, leaders reconfirmed their commitment to the aforementioned agreement in writing and agreed to continue discussions. This Protocol completes the ...

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Energizing Balkan Development and Integration

Remarks:Victoria Nuland Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Dubrovnik, Croatia   Thanks, Lara, it’s great to be back. Thanks to Minister Vesna Pusic and all our Croatian hosts for gathering us in this beautiful, historic place. Croatia has come so far since this forum began ten years ago – now a member of both NATO and the EU, ...

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The Panama Canal: A Century of Operation and the Impact of the Expansion Project

By Professor Thomas Shannon Stiles  Part 3- The Expansion and the Current Crisis In October 2006, over 78% of Panamanians voted in support of the $5.25 billion Canal expansion which was to include: two new sets of single-lane, three-step locks (one set at the Atlantic entrance and one at the Pacific); two new channels to connect the new locks to ...

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Putin is looking for client state in the Balkans!

By Selim Ibraimi- Center for Security Studies and Development (CSSD) The state security dilemma for the Balkan states lies in the tendency of governments to go back in history. Alliances have an important and center role in Balkan politics. States and governments seems that don’t want progress, membership on NATO and the EU has been forgotten. -Strategic agreements with Russia, ...

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Critical Geopolitics

Book recommendation:Critical Geopolitics

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Tug of War in Macedonia

  Will Skopje’s Wiretap Scandal Drive It Closer to Russia?  By Besir Ceka Macedonia is embroiled in a deep political crisis. Since February of this year, over 500 wiretapped recordings of alleged conversations of various officials, including the sitting Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and some of his cabinet members, have been released in 36 installments by Zoran Zaev, the leader ...

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