About: Serbia

Enlargement 22-08-2017

Serbia recalls embassy staff from Macedonia in spat over Kosovo

Serbia has recalled embassy staff from its southern neighbour Macedonia on Monday (21 August), after reports that Skopje was joining international diplomatic efforts to grant the former Serbian province of Kosovo membership of the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO.

Enlargement 21-08-2017

Kosovo’s election deadlock blocks funds, recognition

Kosovo's failure to establish a government two months after an election is stalling its bids for greater international recognition and blocking funds for the poverty-stricken country.

Enlargement 17-08-2017

UN official: Kosovo deadlock has hurt country’s economy

Kosovo's failure to form a government two months after snap elections has hurt the country economically and socially, the head of the UN mission there said on Wednesday (17 August).

Global Europe 14-08-2017

Belgrade seeks ‘delimitation’ for Serbs in Kosovo

Serbia's foreign minister and a top ally of President Aleksandar Vučić has suggested a compromise to end a conflict over Kosovo, the newest independent European state, that is blocking Serbia's hopes of European Union membership.

Agrifood 07-08-2017

Balkan trade war brews over huge Croatian import fee rise

The Balkans have become embroiled in a trade war over agricultural health checks after Croatia raised import fees on some farm products by around 220%, triggering countermeasures by Serbia and threats from others.

Economy & Jobs 28-07-2017

China’s new Silk Road risks unravelling in Hungary

China’s planned railway link between Greece and Central Europe has hit difficulties after the project was accused of flouting EU rules on public procurement in Hungary. EURACTIV’s partner Italia Oggi reports.

Economy & Jobs 20-07-2017

Fiat Serbia strike ends, negotiations kick off

The return of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Serbia employees to work after a strike that lasted some 20 days has jump-started negotiations between workers and management. EURACTIV.rs reports.

Enlargement 14-07-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Will the EU ever get the Western Balkans right?

The EU's fast-and-loose approach to the Western Balkans has never been more evident than in the last few years.

Enlargement 13-07-2017

Serbia to limit sale of agricultural land to foreigners

The Serbian Ministry of Agriculture is planning to unveil draft amendments and supplements to the Law on Agricultural Land with the aim of limiting the sale of such land to foreigners before 1 September, when the market is to be liberalised. EURACTIV.rs reports.

Enlargement 13-07-2017

Balkans can help EU ‘feel attractive’ after Brexit, Macedonia says

Dented by Brexit, the European Union should seize on the hunger of Balkan nations for membership as an opportunity to "feel attractive", Macedonia’s foreign minister said on Wednesday (12 July).

Enlargement 11-07-2017

EU enlargement: A six percent target for the Western Balkans

If the Western Balkans are to overcome almost three decades of economic stagnation and crisis, they will need to double their annual growth rates. This will need a fundamental rethink of the EU’s enlargement policy, argue Tobias Flessenkemper and Dušan Reljić.

Global Europe 11-07-2017

Russian ‘aid centre’ in Serbia rebuffs spy fears

Showing off tents, lifeboats and other rescue equipment at the Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Centre, co-director Viacheslav Vlasenko laughs at Western suspicions that his workplace is a front for a spy operation.

Elections 07-07-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Tanks against migrants

The rhetoric about sending troops to the Brenner Pass was especially reactionary. But Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil felt compelled to use it anyway.

Enlargement 06-07-2017

Brnabic: If forced to choose, Serbia would pick EU over Russia

The Serbian government, opposition and Kremlin have all reacted to a statement by Prime Minister Ana Brnabić that Serbia, if forced to choose between closer ties with Russia and membership of the Union, would choose the EU. EURACTIV.rs reports.

Elections 30-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Gay marriage and the German elections

Call it the Merkel tack. “For me, personally, marriage is a man and a woman living together. That is my concept, but I support civil partnerships,” she told YouTube vlogger Le Floid, AKA Florian Mundt, in July 2014.

Enlargement 29-06-2017

Report: Local government debt a threat to Serbia’s public finances

If the Serbian government does not take the necessary steps, the debts of local governments, which currently reach 4% of GDP, will sink public finances, the Fiscal Council has warned. EURACTIV.rs reports.

Enlargement 29-06-2017

Serbia’s first female PM sticks to EU path

Serbia's first female prime minister pledged on Wednesday (28 June) to reform education and push for the digitalisation of state administration to take the country closer to European Union membership.

Air Pollution 26-06-2017

Western Balkans holds breath for better air quality

In the Western Balkans, air pollution can be a fatal problem, made worse by some of those countries’ energy policies. Ioana Ciuta sheds light on the region’s developing crisis, which is claiming lives at an alarming rate.

23-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Is Sánchez a man with a plan?

Last month, Pedro Sánchez brought a new and unexpected result to the European ballot box. Sánchez returned to his post as secretary general of Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE) after a bitter campaign against Susana Díaz, the powerful president of Andalucía who was supported by the barons of the party.

Enlargement 22-06-2017

Mastercard poll: Serbians concerned about underground economy

The shadow economy limits the state's ability to provide public services, according to 2/3rds of Serbians surveyed. 8 out of 10 say it inhibits growth. For a country in which undocumented trade accounts for 30% of its GDP, the concern could not be clearer. EURACTIV.rs reports.

Report: Western Balkans route not closed, just diverted via Bulgaria

A report by a German think tank reveals the deficiencies of the deal with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees to Europe. Migration is on the menu of the two-day summit starting today (22 June).

Elections 16-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express: 5 Star fails on immigration

It was a wipeout. Failing to win a single contest in 1,004 local elections in Italy on Sunday (11 June), Beppe Grillo’s 5 Star Movement was quickly assigned to the list of declining populist parties that began with Geert Wilders’ defeat in March’s Dutch poll.

Elections 16-06-2017

Serbia names gay woman as premier in Balkan first

Serbia's president yesterday (15 June) named an openly gay woman as the next prime minister, a milestone move for the deeply conservative country and the wider Balkan region.

Enlargement 16-06-2017

Kosovo lurches to nationalism as Brussels lets down its friends

Elections in the West Balkans are never easy. Federica Mogherini might consider intervening now on the side of the pro-European forces in Kosovo, writes Denis MacShane.