Germany’s insistence on austerity in the euro zone has left Europe more divided than ever and a break-up of the European Union is no longer inconceivable, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel told Der Spiegel magazine. Gabriel, Social Democrats (SPD), said strenuous efforts by countries like France and Italy to reduce their fiscal deficits came with political risks. Source Reuters
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Turkey is continuing to escalate its provocations against Greece, as five fighter jets of the Turkish Air force violated Greek air space 6 times and committed air traffic infringements, Friday. Source Tornos News
Armed forces participated in a divisive holiday celebration in the Republika Srpska entity, contravening orders from the Ministry of Defence. The members of the Third Infantry Brigade, made up of soldiers from Republika Srpska, participated in the event despite explicit orders not to do so from the Ministry of Defence and a warning from NATO command in Bosnia. Source Balkan Insight
The Bosnian Serb leader may be bluffing when he talks about holding a ‘historic’ referendum this year – but either way, he is pushing the country towards ever-greater instability. Source BalkanInsight