The European Stability Mechanism’s board of directors decided on Wednesday to freeze a deal regarding short-term measures to lighten Greece’s debt load until a fiscal assessment of measures announced last week by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has been carried out, Kathimerini’s Eleni Varvitsiotis reported from Brussels. Source Ekathimerini
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At least four MPs were injured when supporters of the former ruling VMRO DPMNE party stormed the legislature after the former opposition elected a parliamentary speaker in a bid to form a government. Source Balkan Insight
Serbian tabloids have been publishing sensationalist reports about the possibility of war with Albania and Kosovo, but analysts said this simply allows the authorities to present themselves as guarantors of security. Source Balkan Insight
Italy’s justice minister said on Thursday it was “a lie” to paint humanitarian ships saving migrants in the Mediterranean as criminals, responding to a Sicilian prosecutor who has repeatedly suggested some are colluding with Libyan smugglers. Source Reuters