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12 Feb 18 Turkish Media Praise Kosovo For Banning Kurdish Event

Turkish media have welcomed Kosovo's decision to ban Friday's planned Kurdish music night in Pristina, claiming it would have spread 'terrorist' propaganda.

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07 Feb 18 Bulgaria to Host EU Leaders' Meeting With Erdogan

Bulgarian leader Boyko Borissov will a meeting on March 26 in Varna of EU Council president Donald Tusk, Commission president Jean-Claude Junker and the Turkish president – in an attempt to warm soured relations with Ankara.

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29 Jan 18 Erdogan Vows to Help Build Serbia-Bosnia Highway

Turkish President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday reportedly pledged to help build the Belgrade-Sarajevo highway – whose exact route remains disputed between Bosnia’s two entities.

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26 Jan 18 Erdogan’s Spokesperson Says Turkey Wants ‘Stability’ in Bosnia

Senior Turkish envoy on visit to Bosnia has warned local, regional and international actors not to raise ethnic tensions in Bosnia.

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23 Jan 18 Kurd Looks to Croatian Court to Stop Extradition

The lawyer for a Kurdish activist trying to avoid extradition from Croatia to Turkey told BIRN that the case was now before the Constitutional Court.

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19 Jan 18 European Court Quizzes Croatia On Kurd's Extradition

The European Court of Human Rights has told Croatia to report back on the case of Kurd who risks deportation to Turkey, despite having obtained political asylum status in Switzerland.

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09 Jan 18 Croatian President Seeks Erdogan's Help Over Bosnia

On a visit to Ankara, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic will seek Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s support for Bosnian Croats’ plan to change Bosnia’s electoral law to give them more political power.

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05 Jan 18 Albania Probes Protesters Who Tore Down Turkish Flag

Albanian police say they are investigating several dozen protesters who removed a Turkish flag from a Turkish-owned power plant in the north of the country.

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14 Dec 17 Kosovo Extradition of Wanted Turkish ‘Gulenist’ Suspended

Kosovo’s prosecution withdrew its request to a Pristina court to allow the extradition of Ugur Toksoy, a teacher wanted by Turkey for alleged links to the so-called Gulen movement, suspending the procedure.

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13 Oct 17 Turkey Presses Albania To Extradite Key 'Gulenist' Suspect

Albania is under pressure to deport a 39-year-old detained in Durres, who Turkish media link with a Twitter account that infuriated Ankara with its leaks of state secrets.

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10 Oct 17 Tight Security Surrounds Turkey's Erdogan in Serbia

Serbian and Turkish police are pulling out all the stops for the high-profile visit to Serbia of Turkey's head of state.

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09 Oct 17 Trade Takes Centre Stage in Erdogan’s Serbia Visit

Economic ties, tourism and major infrastructure projects will be in focus during this week’s visit to Serbia of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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25 Aug 17 Macedonian Fined for Offending Erdogan on Facebook

In an unusual and potentially disturbing verdict, a court in Skopje has fined a Macedonian citizen for offending Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Facebook.

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11 Aug 17 Frozen Turkish Funding Leaves Bulgarian Imams Without Pay

Bulgaria’s around 600 imams have been left without money for salaries since the country allegedly cancelled a funding agreement for Islamic education with Turkey, Bulgarian Grand Mufti’s Office says.

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09 Aug 17 Turkish President Erdogan to Visit Serbia

Gas pipeline and infrastructure projects could be discussed when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Serbia in September - but also issues that could be more difficult for Belgrade.

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20 Jul 17 US Report: Balkans Need Resources to Fight Terror

US State Department report say that while most Balkan states cooperate well with international partners to improve counterterrorism policies, they still have problems in terms of cooperation between institutions and in terms of limited resources. 

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03 Jul 17 Turkey Stays Top of Albanian Holiday Destination List

Albanians are continuing with their decade-long habit of holidaying in Turkey, though the Greek islands have started to become popular as well.

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13 Jun 17 Bulgaria PM Vows to ‘Normalise’ EU-Turkey Relations

On a visit to Ankara, Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov pledged to normalise the troubled relations between the EU and Turkey during the country’s EU presidency in 2018.

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