Serbia

Enlargement 23-02-2017

MEPs focus on Serbian Savamala affair

After ten months, and no judicial progress, lawmakers in the European Parliament are discussing the destruction of privately owned buildings in the centre of Belgrade last year. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Enlargement 16-02-2017

Chief prosecutor overrules jailing of Montenegro opposition leaders

Montenegro's chief prosecutor, Ivica Stanković, issued yesterday (15 February) binding instructions to his special prosecutor not to arrest two opposition MPs, although the parliament stripped them of their immunity on charges of having participated in the plotting of a coup d’état.

Enlargement 15-02-2017

Serbia’s ruling party to back PM Vucic for presidential race

The leadership of Serbia's ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) decided yesterday (14 February) to nominate Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić as a candidate for the presidency.

Enlargement 14-02-2017

Poll: Serbs unwilling to go to war over Kosovo

Relations between Serbia and Kosovo may seem tense. But a new poll by an NGO shows that an overwhelming majority of Serbians wouldn’t support armed conflict in order to reclaim the province, which unilaterally declared independence in 2008. Euractiv Serbia reports.

Enlargement 14-02-2017

US letter to Serbia makes no mention of EU bid

The United States' annual message to Serbia to mark its national day made no mention of the country's bid to join the European Union, which Washington has previously supported.

Enlargement 14-02-2017

Montenegro prosecutor targets opposition leaders in ‘coup’ investigation

Montenegro's special prosecutor yesterday (13 February) received permission from a parliamentary council to strip immunity from two opposition leaders targeted in the investigation of an alleged coup attempt on 16 October, where general elections were held in the Balkan country.

Hashim Thaçi - now the president of Kosovo - is accused of leading a mafia-style network involved in assassinations and unlawful detentions.
Enlargement 13-02-2017

Serbians seek justice for Kosovo’s forgotten victims

Calling their dead "second-class victims", Serbian families of civilians killed by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian rebels in the late 1990s hope a new court at The Hague will finally bring them justice.

Enlargement 10-02-2017

Serbia-Croatia relations strained by the past

Relations between Belgrade and Zagreb are stuck. Frequently in crisis mode, their ties are beset by sharp rhetoric, especially during election periods, say Serbian and Croatian political analysts. Euractiv Serbia reports.

Enlargement 06-02-2017

NATO chief tells Kosovo and Serbia to ‘calm down’

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg told Kosovo and Serbia to "calm down" on Friday (3 February), following a string of disputes that have sent bilateral tensions rising to their highest level in years.

Enlargement 02-02-2017

Serbia: 7000 asylum seekers estimated in the country

After the closing of the Balkan route about a year ago, by which migrants and refugees mainly from the Middle East had arrived in the EU, there are some 7,000 in Serbia at the moment. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Global Europe 31-01-2017

#WelcomeToEurope?

People across Europe have fervently opposed US President Donald Trump’s ban on various groups of refugees and citizens. But EU leaders, and citizens, must not forget that policies imposed by EU members states are causing thousands of people to suffer every day, warns Philippa Nuttall Jones.

Energy 31-01-2017

Croatia learns energy arbitration lessons the hard way

Croatia’s drawn out energy dispute with Hungary has possibly dampened its hopes of acting as an energy hub for the EU, as Brussels looks to bring in more gas from the east. The newest bloc member has a lot of work to do to repair rifts, writes Mehmet Öğütçü.

Enlargement 30-01-2017

The approach the EU should take to the Western Balkans

The European Union’s approach to the Western Balkans is much the same as its approach to North Africa and the Middle East: prioritising stability. As a result, the Union risks aligning itself with increasingly illiberal and authoritarian regimes and mistaking their power for stability, argues Arlind Puka.

Enlargement 27-01-2017

Tensions flare at Serbia-Kosovo meeting in Brussels

Serbian and Kosovar leaders agreed to continue talks after a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday (24 January). EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said normalising relations was vital for the two countries but her guests only succeeded in antagonising the two sides. EurActiv Serbia reports.

Enlargement 24-01-2017

Kosovo leader hopeful ahead of talks with Serbia

Kosovo's President Hashim Thaçi said Tuesday (24 January) that he hoped for long-awaited recognition from former foe Serbia as he left for a meeting in Brussels with Belgrade's top leaders.

Enlargement 20-01-2017

Croatian PM: EU-hopeful countries need motivation to continue with reform

The European Union must find the right narrative to address the frustrations of the Balkan countries, which are losing hope of joining the bloc as EU appetite for enlargement fades, said Croatia Prime Minister Andrej Plenković in an interview with EurActiv.com in Davos.

Enlargement 19-01-2017

US imposes sanctions on Bosnian Serb leader

The US has introduced sanctions against Milorad Dodik, president of Republika Srpska, the Serb entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dodik has shrugged this off as futile vindictiveness by the outgoing US administration.

Global Europe 18-01-2017

Serbia counts on Trump over Kosovo

Serbia's president criticised the outgoing US administration yesterday (17 January), voicing hope that President-elect Donald Trump would be more favourable towards Belgrade over the thorny issue of Kosovo.

Enlargement 16-01-2017

Serbia says Kosovo wants war in row over nationalist train

Serbia's president said yesterday (15 January) that Kosovo had shown it wanted war with after it deployed special forces to prevent a train painted with Serbia's national colours and the words "Kosovo is Serbia" from entering its territory.

UN alarmed at migrants dying of cold

Refugees and migrants are dying in Europe's cold snap and governments must do more to help, rather than pushing them back from borders and subjecting them to violence, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said today (13 January).

Enlargement 12-01-2017

Western Balkans enlargement: 2016 in review

In 2017, Serbia expects to see its membership negotiations with the EU intensify, despite a waning of regional enthusiasm for the bloc, due to concerns over its preoccupation with internal crises, such as Brexit. EurActiv Serbia reports.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has said Serbia needs Europe's help with the influx of asylum seekers
Enlargement 09-01-2017

Bosnian Serbs to hold divisive ‘national holiday’

Serbs in Bosnia are set to hold a deeply divisive holiday on Monday (9 January), a date tied to the fragile nation's brutal 1990s war and a sensitive issue for other ethnic groups.

Enlargement 06-01-2017

Serbian weekly fined for defaming interior minister

Serbian media defended the NIN newspaper after a court ordered the weekly to pay an estimated €2500 in damages to Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic on Wednesday (4 January), for an article about Belgrade's Savamala district. EurActiv Serbia reports.

Enlargement 06-01-2017

Brittle Kosovo, Serbia relations feel strain over ex-PM’s arrest

Brittle diplomatic ties between Serbia and Kosovo came under further strain yesterday (5 January) in a row over international arrest warrants issued by Belgrade for former Kosovar guerrillas, including an ex-premier detained in France.