Category: Balkans

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Bulgaria holds national elections, sixth in three years

Bulgaria holds national elections, sixth in three years

Voting is under way for a new parliament in Bulgaria, making it the sixth parliamentary election in just over three years. The vote is taking place parallel to the European elections. The government crisis that triggered the latest elections was the break-up of the pro-Western liberal-conservative coalition government led by Prime Minister Nikolai Denkov. There...

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Turkey detained over 8,000 people on Gülen links in past 11 months: minister

Turkey detained over 8,000 people on Gülen links in past 11 months: minister

Turkish police have detained 8️,1️5️3 people across the country in the past 11 months over their alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement, Turkey’s interior minister, Ali Yerlikaya, announced on X on Friday. According to the minister, the police carried out a total of 5️,19️1 operations against people with alleged ties to the movement between...

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Turkey detains 44 people on alleged Gülen links

Turkey detains 44 people on alleged Gülen links

Turkish police have detained 44 people across the country over their alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement, the Stockholm Center for Freedom reported. Operations were carried out in 28 provinces upon warrants issued by Ankara prosecutors for 46 public sector workers, the report said. The detainees are accused of organizing the movement’s “infiltration” of the police....

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Ankara court issues lengthy sentences for Kurdish politicians in Kobani trial

Ankara court issues lengthy sentences for Kurdish politicians in Kobani trial

An Ankara court on Thursday issued a verdict in the long-running Kobani trial and handed down lengthy prison sentences for dozens of Kurdish politicians, including imprisoned leaders Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ, the Birgün daily reported. Demirtaş is among 108 former pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) politicians who stood trial. The HDP is the predecessor...