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Bulg. Stara Planina (stä`rä plä'nēnä`), major mountain range of the Balkan PeninsulaBalkan Peninsula,
southeasternmost peninsula of Europe, c.200,000 sq mi (518,000 sq km), bounded by the Black Sea, Sea of Marmara, Aegean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Ionian Sea, and Adriatic Sea.
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 and Bulgaria, extending c.350 mi (560 km) from E Serbia through central Bulgaria to the Black Sea. It rises to 7,794 ft (2,376 m) at Botev, the highest peak. The Balkans are a continuation of the Carpathian Mts. The forested range is sparsely populated and rich in a variety of minerals.
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Turkey desires to see all Balkan countries to take part in Euro-Atlantic institutions, especially in NATO and EU.
Turkey's foreign trade with ten Balkan countries was 2.
The most popular Universities in the Balkan countries for Greeks offer graduate degrees in Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy (28%), while Pedagogy and Law schools come next (24%) followed by Polytechnic (20%) and Economic schools (16%).
Davutoglu said Turkey handed over rotating presidency of the platform to Montenegro last year, underlining that he would have bilateral talks with the foreign ministers of Balkan countries on the sidelines of the meeting.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel chaired the plenary session with the prime ministers of the Western Balkan countries including Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.
BELGRADE, Oct 30, 2010 (TUR) -- Serbian President Boris Tadic said that Turkey had a big influence on Western Balkan countries in traditional aspect.
Ivana Kostovska in Nova Makedonija stresses that the success of the Irish referendum was most rejoiced over by the Balkan countries.
The Western Balkan countries will also be encouraged to tackle the resolution of the pending issues more vigorously thus giving a new impetus to their European integration.
The thesis that the European Union may disintegrate as SFRY did unless means are found for dealing with the economic crisis and that the Balkan countries need to seek alternatives to the EU, that Bologna University professor Stefano Bianchini elaborated in his interview with Dnevnik is differently received by Macedonian analysts.
Stubb declared before journalists in Helsinki Monday that his country had softened its approach and wants a compromise plan for the two Balkan countries but still noted that the Netherlands remains opposed, and the approval of all 25 Schengen Area states is needed for Bulgaria and Romania to get in.
They shared views of the integration of the Western Balkan countries into the EU, the trans-Atlantic cooperation, the challenges of regional and global security, as well as the contribution of the countries of the Region to the consolidation of the Balkans and its integration into Europe.
BELGRADE, Oct 29, 2010 (TUR) -- Serbian President Boris Tadic said that Turkey had a big influence on Western Balkan countries in traditional aspect.

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