The proposed changes include provisions that would extend the presidential term from five to seven years, empower the president to appoint a temporary successor, and give the president power to dismiss parliament. The measures would aid Aliyev to tighten the grip his family currently holds on power. Source: RFERL
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A Turkish military patrol boat fired shots early Friday morning in the area around the eastern Aegean island of Farmakonisi, the Greek defense ministry said.Source Ekathimerini
Czech Premier Bohuslav Sobotka said his Social Democrats could create a ruling coalition with the opposition Communists to prevent billionaire Finance Minister Andrej Babis from taking power after fall elections. Sobotka said his party has already held a number of functioning coalitions with the Communists in regional administrations Source: Bloomberg
A special budget only for the countries of the euro area, the EU Council as “a true legislative chamber” – MEPs propose. The report by Italian Socialist Mercedes Bresso and the German Christian Democrat Elmar Brok proposes reforms that would not require changes in the EU Treaty of Lisbon. Source: PAP/Onet