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10 May 11

Turkish Health Sector Eyes Balkan Market

Turkey has emerged as a key health tourist destination for Balkan citizens unable to access, or pay for, medical treatment at home.

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24 Jan 17

Turkey Scraps Diploma Deal With Macedonia

Turkey has scrapped a bilateral diploma acceptance deal with Macedonia after the authorities in Skopje failed to close schools and organisations suspected of links to alleged coup plotter Fethullah Gulen.

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30 Dec 16

Thaci Firms up Kosovo's Alliance With Turkey

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has met his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara to again confirm the strong ties between Pristina and Ankara.

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11 Dec 16

Turkey Ponders Aftermath of Blasts that Killed 38

Turkish experts and citizens are pondering the security and political implications of the latest terror attacks that killed 38 in Istanbul for which Kurdish militants have claimed responsibility.

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25 Nov 16

Turkey Stands at Crossroads Over EU Path

An expert on EU-Turkey relations says Ankara faces a stark choice on whether to engage again with Brussels, or openly turn its back on EU and European values.

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24 Nov 16

Turkey Dismisses EU Vote to Freeze Accession Talks

After European Parliamentarians called for freeze to EU membership talks with Turkey, a Turkish minister called the decision ‘not serious’.

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23 Nov 16

Croatia Media Claim Turkish Attaches Sought Asylum

Media reports claim two former Turkish military attaches applied for a political asylum in Croatia following the failed coup there in July - amid continuing speculation about why the former ambassador was withdrawn.

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09 Nov 16

Balkan States ‘Reforming, at Different Paces’, Brussels Says

The latest European Commission reports suggest most Balkan countries, bar Turkey and Macedonia, are broadly moving in the direction of reform – but big issues over corruption, the rule of law, media freedom and minorities remain.

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03 Nov 16

Albania Weighs Turkey’s Claim to be Gulenist Hub

After Turkey's Foreign Minister named Albania as the centre of 'Gulenists' in the Balkans, local experts say the country should investigate the claims with due caution.

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18 Oct 16

Bulgaria Says Turkish Deportees Never Sought Asylum

Seven Turkish citizens were deported after entering Bulgaria illegally, but police said they never sought political asylum, despite Turkish media reports claiming they were supporters of wanted cleric Fethullah Gulen.

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14 Sep 16

Juncker’s Silence on Enlargement Alarms Balkan Watchers

The decision of the European Commission President not to mention EU enlargement in his annual speech has left Balkan observers feeling concerned and disappointed.