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EU praises Serbia

The EU has praised Serbia's economic growth, outlining challenges regarding structural reforms and competitiveness.

This has been announced by the EU Delegation to Serbia and the Finance Ministry, Tanjug reported.

National rivalries behind Eurovision kitsch

Behind the kitsch and glitz of the Eurovision Song Contest, to be hosted on May 13 by Kiev, lie a host of geopolitical tensions.

Created by western public broadcasters as a catalyst to European unity in 1956, the songfest has since become an echo chamber for national rivalries.

In the latest example, Moscow and Kiev clashed this year over Russia's contest choice.

Turkish FM to attend EU gathering as union debates track of ties

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will attend a European Union meeting in Malta on April 28 amid increasing tension between the bloc and Ankara due to the former's criticisms of the deterioration of rights in the problematic candidate country which have been fueled by a referendum that gave President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sweeping new powers.

Turkey: A Sunni Iran in the making?

The rising tide of an aggressive blend of nationalism and Islamism might be prompting Ankara to pursue its own WMDs, and its preference appears to be long-range missiles. As Turkey feels more threatened by real or (mostly) imagined enemies, it increasingly views maximum possible military deterrence as essential to both survival (a defensive goal) and assertiveness (an offensive one).

Economist Intelligence Unit: Singapore Most Expensive City Worldwide

Singapore ranked as the most expensive city in the world for a fourth consecutive time, showed the ranking of Economist Intelligence Unit.

The survey compares living expenses in a given city to living expenses in New York as a base.

Four Asian countries dominate the Top 5. Hong Kong ranked second, followed by Zurich, Tokyo and Osaka.

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