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06 Feb 18 Erdogan Could Ease Crackdown as Turkey’s Woes Mount

Turkey’s strongman leader could ease the crackdown he launched after 2016’s failed coup because the country’s isolation is growing, the economy is suffering and important elections are on the horizon.

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20 Nov 17 Turkey’s ‘Iron Lady’ Poses Challenge to Erdogan Regime

A new party led by Meral Aksener, a determined woman from a Balkan background, promises to shake up Turkey’s politics and give President Erdogan a run for his money.

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17 Nov 17 Russia Lures Turkey From NATO With Missile Deal

Turkey’s plans to buy Russian S-400 missile systems alarm its Western allies but form part of an ever-closer partnership with Russia that will have an obvious impact on the Balkans.

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04 Nov 17 Kosovo Faces Dilemma Over Turkish Extradition Demand

After Kosovo arrested an alleged Gulenist teacher on a Turkish warrant, the country’s justice system faces a tough decision on extradition, which will either upset Ankara or the EU.

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25 Oct 17 Changing CEOs will Not Fix Balkan Airlines' Troubles

Overburdened by micro-managing governments, most of the Balkan's state-owned national carriers struggle to survive in an increasingly competitive air transport industry.

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18 Oct 17 Erdogan Visit Signals Turkey’s New Passion for Serbia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to be shifting his Balkan focus from Bosnia and Herzegovina towards Serbia, and from religious, ethnic and political relations towards business links.

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26 Sep 17 UN Speeches Underscore Balkans States’ Disunity

Balkan leaders’ speeches to the 72nd UN General Assembly underlined their countries’ different - and often opposing - agendas.

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05 Sep 17 German-Turkish Feud Threatens EU Role in Balkans

If the dispute between Germany and Turkey worsens, President Erdogan will be tempted to try to undermine the EU in the Balkans, experts warn.

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25 Aug 17 NATO’s Black Sea Allies Look Divided and Vulnerable

NATO allies Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey cannot agree on a joint policy towards Russia’s military build-up in the region, which leaves all of them vulnerable.

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22 Aug 17 Turkish Crisis Fuels Investment Surge in Balkans

The political crisis in Turkey is motivating many Turkish companies to shift their business operations to the nearby Balkan states.

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17 Aug 17 Turkish Purges Leave Once Mighty Army Weakened

Once one of the world's strongest armed forces, the Turkish military has been seriously undermined by waves of arrests and dismissals, experts warn.

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14 Jul 17 Turkey Marks Coup Anniversary With Changed Face

One year on from the failed military coup, Turkey is a land both transformed – and divided.

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05 Jul 17 Erdogan’s Battles With West Threaten Balkan Stability

Turkey’s worsening relations with its old allies including Germany, the EU and the US will have an impact on the Balkan region, too, experts say.

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21 Apr 17 Erdogan’s Dubious Win Fails to End Turkey’s Crisis

The recent referendum in Turkey, intended to endow President Erdogan with greater powers, has failed to resolve this controversial issue and has only created new tensions.

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20 Apr 17 A Turkish Scenario for the Balkans?

The result of the recent referendum in Turkey may have a ripple effect in the Balkans - but don’t expect dramatic changes. 

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12 Apr 17 Turkey Braces for Vote on Boosting President’s Power

People in Turkey are about to vote in a crucial referendum on whether to grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more powers, which would transform the domestic political situation and have global consequences.

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24 Mar 17 Turkey’s anti-Gulen Campaign Leaves Bosniaks in Dilemma

The failure of Bosnia’s Bosniak leaders to meet Turkish demands to close down organisations allegedly linked to Fethullah Gulen could cost them Ankara’s support.

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20 Mar 17 Turkey’s Hand in Bulgarian Election Angers Sofia

Observers link Ankara’s blatant interference in Bulgaria’s election to Turkey’s own upcoming constitutional referendum.

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