As the battle to force Islamic State (ISIS) out of Iraq’s second city, Mosul, gears up analysts predict “it’s going to get messy,” pointing out potential coordination problems between the diverse forces arrayed against the militants. Source Rudaw
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The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats have overtaken the center-right Moderates and are the second most popular party in the Nordic country, polls showed this week. The party got 19.2 percent support in a poll published on Thursday by Novus for Swedish Television. Source: Reuters
Hundreds of supporters of the United Patriots coalition blocked border checkpoints between Bulgaria and Turkey for several hours on March 21 in a bid to prevent “electoral tourism”. Sofia has several times criticised what it says is interference in the election by Turkish officials. Source: Bneintellinews
The EU has once again urged Macedonia to let Albanian parties join a new government and to stop “playing with fire” on ethnic hate speech. Nikola Gruevski said over the weekend: “We are left alone to defend the country. The people will have to defend the country”. Source: EUobserver