Category: state

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Meet the EU’s next member train: Montenegro

It is the year 2025. A big bottle of champaign pops open at a party in central Brussels. Montenegro has just joined the EU club and celebrations are in full swing. Diplomats and European commissioners toast the new arrival. At long last, the Union is in enlargement mode again and has just brought back its…

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EU warns of curbing rights beneath Turkey’s notify of emergency

The measures undertaken by Turkey under an almost two-year-old state of emergency have curtailed civil and political rights, according to a critical European Union report, which prompted Turkish officials to accuse the bloc of “bias” against Ankara. Published on Tuesday by the European Commission, the annual progress report on Turkey’s EU membership talks comes at…

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Is Sheikh Hasina turning Bangladesh into one-celebration teach?

Dhaka, Bangladesh – The controversial jailing of former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and the state persecution of dissent have raised fears that the next parliamentary election could turn into a violent sham. Fear of a 2014 repeat, when the parliamentary elections were boycotted by almost all the opposition parties and marred by large-scale violence…

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Erdogan calls Netanyahu ‘terrorist’, Israel ‘terrorist notify’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his comments targeting Turkey’s ongoing military operation in the northwestern Syrian region of Afrin. His remarks on Sunday came in response to Netanyahu’s earlier comments rejecting Ankara’s “moral lessons” over the Israeli army’s killing of Palestinian protesters in Gaza, and labeling Erdogan…

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Ethiopia’s instruct of emergency 2.zero

Last Friday, the Ethiopian government declared a six-month nationwide state of emergency, invoking a grave threat to the constitutional order. The emergency, the second in less than a year, was announced a day after the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, in what he described as a bid to “smooth the path for political reform”. The…

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Ethiopia proclaims boom of emergency: boom media

Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency, a day after the country’s prime minister abruptly resigned. The measure was announced on Friday by the Council of Ministers, the Ethiopian government’s cabinet, according to state broadcaster EBC. Local media said the measure is effective as of Friday, but it was not immediately clear how long it would…

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Saudi prince ‘fired after audio tape contradicts converse’

A Saudi prince was removed from his post after he released an audio recording that contradicted the Saudi authorities’ version of the arrest of 11 princes in Riyadh last week, reports said.  Prince Abdullah bin Saud, who was appointed president of the Saudi Marine Sports Federation back in October, stressed that the recording, which was…