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Georgia – June 17th, 2014

The June 15 elections have failed to produce a Mayor for Tbilisi. With 50% serving as the amount of total votes needed to secure the position, frontrunner Davit Narmania missed the cut-off by three percentage points. His party, Georgian Dream, fared better than him, proving to gain the majority of seats in local elections. With […]

Azerbaijian – June 17th, 2014

This Monday, the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, travelled to Baku to represent the EU in bilateral talks with the Azerbaijani government. While the development of technology and peace talks with Armenia were among topics discussed between the two nations, the subject of energy dominated the talks. Azerbaijani president Aliyev stressed his […]

Turkey – June 18th, 2014

A spokesperson for the AKP, the current party in charge of the Turkish government, announced that the Kurds of Iraq have a right to self-determination. This comes a time when said Kurds have strengthened their own position while the Iraqi government has suffered heavy territorial loses at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq […]

Turkey – June 18th, 2014

Two opposition groups, the Republican People’s Party and Nationalist Movement Party, have announced that they will both back Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the former Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in the upcoming presidential election. The election is seen as historic, as it will be the first time a president will be determined via popular vote. […]

Bulgaria – June 17th, 2014

For the second time this year, the Bulgarian government has announced that elections will be held several months earlier than scheduled. In March, they were general and now they are parliamentary elections-both spurred by despicable living conditions nation-wide. Though the Socialist Party took control from the right-wing GERB party in March, public opinion polls now […]

Kosovo – June 17th, 2014

Cold War political tactics are very much alive in the former Soviet Bloc as Elvis Pista was shot dead Sunday. Pista was a parliamentary candidate and at the time of his death, it was widely accepted that he held the majority of the votes from the election the week before. Three opposition parties to Pista’s […]

Albania – June 17th, 2014

The Vatican announced has the destination of Pope Francis’ first trip in Europe: Albania. The Pope had wanted to visit a country that had “long suffered the consequences of the ideologies of the past.” It is an interesting yet not surprising choice-under one of Europe’s longest-ruling dictators, 20th century it became the world’s first atheist […]

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