Southeast Europe




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Privatization
- US cable - 2005:
LINK ¤ 05ZAGREB190

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  • "the Croatian privatization fund"

 

 

 

 

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  • "under energetic leadership and with the help of US-funded advisors"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "has fought a battle in the privatization of 14 majority government-owned firms"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the IMF, the World Bank and the US"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "gave assistance to the privatization"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "representatives of USAID [us aid agency], EU Commission, World Bank and the IMF met"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to clear out the privatization portfolio"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the fund sold 14 majority state-owned enterprises"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Split Steel, TLM, and Uljanik Shipyard"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and large agricultural conglomerates"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the IMF and World Bank are making privatization"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "hard conditions of their programs"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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political Parties agree Deal on new Macedonia Government
- Financial Times: LINK ¤ FINANCIAL TIMES

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  • "Macedonia’s political leaders have reached agreement on an interim government"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and an independent investigation into allegations of illegal wiretapping"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "electoral fraud and state-backed corruption"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the deal brought to an end a poisonous political dispute, which had been gripped by mass demonstrations"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the crisis began in February, when the opposition SDSM Party (Social Democratic Union) began releasing"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "thousands of secret recordings of government phone calls which revealed a massive invasion of fundamental rights"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the tapes suggested senior government officials to be directly involved in electoral fraud, corruption"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "abuse of power and authority, conflict of interest, blackmail, extortion, and criminal damage"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the political parties agreed to prepare for early elections"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Prime Minister Gruevski from the conservative VMRO Party has agreed to resign in early January"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "allowing an interim leader 100 days to prepare for the elections on April 24"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "SDSM MPs will return to parliament at the beginning of September"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and nominate key ministers to take up positions in October"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a special prosecutor will be appointed to investigate the wiretap recordings"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Serbia State TV apologises for Milosevic-era Propaganda
- the Guardian:
LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "two decades after its reporting helped fuel the worst bloodshed in Europe since WW II"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Serbia's state-run television has apologised to viewers throughout the former Yugoslavia"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "for serving as the key propaganda tool of Slobodan Milosevic in the 1990s"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Radio Television of Serbia - or RTS - said in a statement that the station's programmes"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "were almost constantly and heavily abused by Milosevic's regime"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with the aim of discrediting his political and ethnic opponents and spreading the official propaganda"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the broadcaster apologises to the citizens of Serbia and those of neighbouring countries"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "who were subject to insult, slander and what would now be termed as hate speech"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "when he came to power in the late 1980s, Milosevic appointed trusted associates to head the national broadcaster, firing longtime professionals and turning the TV into his regime's mouthpiece"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the station blatantly spread Milosevic's nationalist propaganda, portraying Serbs as the victims"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and thus whipping up nationalism"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "2000, thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators stormed its Belgrade headquarters during an uprising"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that eventually toppled the autocrat and paved the way for his extradition to a UN war crimes tribunal to face a genocide trial"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the TV conceded that RTS hurted the feelings, moral integrity and dignity of the Serbian citizens"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "intellectuals, members of political opposition, journalists, and ethnic and religious minorities"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it will in future promote the rule of law, social justice"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "civic democracy, human and minority rights and freedoms"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KOSOVO - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ KOSOVO


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Capital: Pristina
| Population: 1.9 million



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US Investment - US cable - 2010: LINK ¤ 10PRISTINA40

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  • "foreign firms operating in Kosovo are granted the same privileges as domestic businesses"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the US overseas private investment corporation (OPIC) has been involved in Kosovo since 2000"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "providing financing, political and other investment vehicles to American investors"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in 2009, OPIC signed an investment agreement with Kosovo"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "American investors are currently involved with projects in the energy and real estate sectors"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bank of Cyprus Depositors could lose up to 60% of their Savings
- the Guardian
: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Cypriot finance officials say initial losses will be 37.5%"

 

 

 

 

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  • "but up to 22.5% more could be taken if bank needs further capitalisation"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "deposits over100,000 at the country's largest bank will lose 37.5% of their value after being converted into bank shares"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "if the bank were to need further capitalisation the savers could lose as much as 22.5% more"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cyprus Bailout Deal - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the Mediterranean tax haven closes down the island's second-largest bank"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and inflicts huge losses on wealthy savers"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "those with deposits of less than100,000 will be spared"

 

 

 

 

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  • "but Russians with money in Cypriot banks will lose billions of euros"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Capital Controls - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "capital controls to be imposed in Cyprus"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to limit foreign transactions and capital outflows"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but not movements of money within the country itself"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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CYPRUS - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ CYPRUS


- Capital: Nicosia
| Population: 1.1 million



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President Christofias - US cable - 2008: LINK ¤ 08ATHENS367

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  • "Cypriot President Christofias emphasized his interest in rejuvenating UN-led efforts to achieve a settlement"

 

 

 

 

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  • "in public, he reiterated that the Annan Plan is dead"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and cautioned any attempt to resurrect it would be akin to waking "a vampire""

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in private, he told that he wishes to move quickly"

 

 

 

 

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  • "building on the July 8 Agreement"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but did not exclude working from "elements" of the Annan Plan"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cyprus
- US cable - 2009: LINK ¤ 09NICOSIA179

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  • "a Connecticut-sized Mediterranean island some 5000 miles from the east coast of the US"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Cyprus simply is too small, too distant"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and lacking in natural resources to affect US interests"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we are unaware of any direct physical linkages"

 

 

 

 

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  • "such as pipelines or undersea telephone cables, between Cyprus and the US"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there are no sole or predominantly Cyprus-sourced minerals or chemicals"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "on which US industry is dependent"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zypern stimmt für höhere Unternehmenssteuern - der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "das Parlament beschloss eine Anhebung der Unternehmenssteuer von zehn auf 12,5 Prozent"

 

 

 

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  • "außerdem wurde die von 15 auf 30 Prozent verdoppelte Abgabe auf Zinserträge"

 

 

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  • "und die von 0,11 auf 0,15 Prozent erhöhte Abgabe für Transaktionen bestätigt"

 

 

 

 

 

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Beitrag zur Stabilisierung des Finanzsektors
- der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "in Zypern müssen wohlhabende Bankkunden einen deutlich größeren Beitrag zur Stabilisierung des Finanzsektors beitragen"

 

 

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  • "Kunden mit Spareinlagen von mehr als 100.000 Euro"

 

 

 

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  • "müssen sich auf einen Verlust von rund 60 Prozent einstellen"

 

 

 

 

 

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Vermögende auf Zypern - der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "Russen und Briten sollen einen großen Teil der 70 Milliarden Euro Guthaben auf zypriotische Banken halten"

 

 

 

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  • "die Mittelmeerinsel ist zweitgrößter Auslandsinvestor in Russland"

 

 

 

 

 

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zypriotische Zechpreller - Lukas Sustala: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "das Finanzsystem hat sich der Krise zum Trotz immer weiter aufgebläht"

 

 

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  • "auf das Sieben- bis Achtfache der Wirtschaftsleistung der kleinen Volkswirtschaft"

 

 

 

 

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  • "angelockt von niedrigen Steuern, laxen Regulierungen und dem Gefühl relativer Sicherheit"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Annan Plan for Cyprus - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ ANNAN PLAN

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  • "the 5th revision of the Annan Plan"

 

 

 

 

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  • "proposed the creation of the United Cyprus Republic"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "covering the island of Cyprus in its entirety"

 

 

 

 

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  • "this new country was to be a federation of two constituent states"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Greek Cypriot State and the Turkish Cypriot State - joined together by a federal government apparatus"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a federal constitution, and constitutions for each constituent state"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a string of constitutional and federal laws, and a United Cyprus Republic flag and a national anthem"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it also provided for a Reconciliation Commission to bring the two communities closer together"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and resolve outstanding disputes from the past"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SOUTHEAST EUROPE - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ SOUTHEAST EUROPE

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  • "Southeast (Southeastern) Europe is a geographical and political region located primarily in the Balkan peninsula"

 

 

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Southeast Europe - Map: LINK ¤ WIKIMEDIA
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