Yugoslav wars

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.

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.

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.

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.

Enlargement 30-11-2016

Balkan candidates hope to reinvigorate EU bids with new strategy

Enlargement has fallen off the EU’s list of priorities and the Union is more than likely to shrink before it grows again. But the Western Balkans are still aspiring EU members and a new strategy has been developed that hopes to put them back on Brussels’ immediate agenda.

Enlargement 10-11-2016

Serbia easily digests Commission’s ‘progress report’

The government in Belgrade is generally satisfied with the European Commission’s annual report on Serbia’s progress in European integration published on Wednesday (9 November), even though it might not agree with all of its conclusions. EurActiv Serbia reports.

Enlargement 17-10-2016

Montenegro election marred by ‘coup’ accusations

Montenegro said it had arrested 20 Serbs for planning to carry out attacks after voting wrapped up in the Balkan nation's tense parliamentary elections yesterday (16 October).

Enlargement 26-09-2016

Bosnian Serbs vote to keep ‘national holiday’ in controversial referendum

Bosnian Serbs yesterday (25 September) voted overwhelmingly to keep their national holiday in a referendum held despite ethnically divided Bosnia's highest court ruling it illegal.

Enlargement 15-09-2016

Serbian PM dreams of Balkan trade bloc

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said Wednesday (14 September) he feared for the stability of the Western Balkans, calling for a regional trade bloc as a way to overcome a painful past.

Enlargement 02-09-2016

Kosovo postpones contested border vote

Kosovo's government dropped plans for a parliamentary vote on a bitterly contested law on establishing its definitive border with Montenegro yesterday (1 September) after coalition allies stayed away from the session.

Enlargement 31-08-2016

Kosovo deplores ‘terrorist’ attacks over Montenegro border deal

Kosovo police said yesterday (30 August) they have detained six opposition supporters on suspicion of involvement in a rocket-propelled grenade attack on parliament.

Global Europe 29-08-2016

Kosovo warns against Serbia’s candidate for UN Secretary General

Kosovo, a former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008, but is still unrecognised by Belgrade, has warned against the candidacy of Vuk Jeremić, a former Serbian foreign minister, for UN Secretary General.

Enlargement 22-06-2016

Serbia sacks its Brussels ambassador

Serbia has sacked its ambassador to the EU Duško Lopandić, the official explanation being that he has been unable to prevent an exhibition in the European Parliament honouring a controversial figure in Yugoslavia’s history.

Enlargement 01-06-2016

Why Kosovo and the Balkans found relief in Austria’s election result

As president of the tiny Republic of Kosovo in the Western Balkans, Hashim Thaçi is the first one to admit to being very relieved by the results of the presidential elections in Austria.

Enlargement 25-04-2016

Pro-EU Vucic set for landslide in Serbian snap election

Serbia's pro-European Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić claimed victory in yesterday’s (24 April) general election after projections showed him winning by a landslide. But the hardline Radicals are set to return to Parliament after a 4-year absence.

Enlargement 21-04-2016

Pro-Russians set for comeback in Serbia

Ultra-nationalists hope to dent the success of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić as Serbia votes on Sunday, calling on the Balkan country to embrace big brother Russia instead of the European Union.

Enlargement 12-04-2016

Tensions grow over Serbian accession talks

Croatia’s refusal to agree to the opening of Chapter 23 in Serbia’s EU accession negotiations has heightened tensions between the two countries, which, over the past six months, have grown significantly cooler. EurActiv Serbia reports.

Enlargement 04-04-2016

Seselj acquitted: Balkans outraged, Belgrade conflicted

The acquittal of Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Šešelj by the Hague Tribunal sparked outcry in the wider region of former Yugoslavia region, while the reaction in Serbia was quite mild. EurActiv Serbia reports.

Enlargement 24-03-2016

Hague tribunal: Karadzic guilty of crimes against humanity

UN judges said today (24 March) that former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić was ciminally responsible for the siege of Sarajevo and crimes against humanity in other towns and villages during the Bosnian war of the 1990sHe was acquitted by The Hague tribunal of a first count of genocide in connection with the Bosnian municipalities, …

Enlargement 29-02-2016

Kosovo presidential vote violence ‘extremely worrying’, says EU

Scenes of violence at Kosovo's parliament, in which opposition MPs released tear gas to prevent the election of a new president, were "extremely worrying", the European Union said on 27 February.

Enlargement 15-02-2016

Mogherini says Bosnia’s EU application is ‘good news’

Bosnia and Herzegovina today (15 February) formally submitted an application to join the EU, hoping to catch up with its Balkan neighbours after years lost following the bloody break-up of Yugoslavia.

Enlargement 15-02-2016

Tear gas clouds Kosovo’s independence anniversary

Eight years after ethnic Albanians joyously declared Kosovo's independence from Serbia, chaotic scenes of MPs releasing tear gas in their parliament hardly gives the impression of a successfully functioning state.

Elections 18-01-2016

Serbian premier calls for snap elections

Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vu?i? yesterday (17 January) called for early elections in a bid to cement stability as the Balkan country negotiates its accession into the European Union.