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27/08/2016

Hague court heightens tensions between Serbia and Croatia

Topic: Yugoslav wars


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 1990s He 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.
Global Europe 01-12-2015

Sources: NATO to offer membership to Montenegro

On Wednesday (2 December) the Balkan state of Montenegro will be formally invited to join the NATO military alliance, diplomatic sources said, a move which could further strain already difficult ties with Moscow.
Enlargement 19-11-2015

Riots rage in Kosovo over Serbia relations

Riots erupted in Kosovo yesterday (18 November) in a deepening crisis over relations with former ruler Serbia, with protesters setting fire to garbage containers and government vehicles in the capital Pristina.
Enlargement 20-10-2015

Serbia confirms it will not recognise Kosovo

Serbia plans to implement all the agreements it has made with Kosovo, but does not intend to recognise Kosovo’s independence. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Global Europe 15-10-2015

Montenegro optimistic on NATO membership invite

Hosting NATO's top brass, EU hopeful Montenegro said on Wednesday (14 October) it was optimistic of being invited to join the Western military alliance in December - over the objections of Russia.
Enlargement 13-10-2015

Kosovo opposition tries to overturn landmark deal with Serbia

Protesters and police fought running battles in Kosovo yesterday (12 October) after the arrest of a prominent opposition politician behind a campaign to overturn an EU-brokered landmark deal with Serbia.
Enlargement 28-08-2015

Belgrade and Pristina interpret new agreement differently

Not all details of a recent EU-brokered Serbia-Kosovo agreement have been made public, allowing both sides to claim victory and interpret the deal in their own way. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Enlargement 15-07-2015

Tensions high between Bosnia and Serbia on massacre anniversary

Commemorations of the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre have stirred old ghosts in the Balkans, and shown that reconciliation is still a delicate process. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Enlargement 10-07-2015

Belgrade welcomes Srebrenica resolution dismissal

Serba was relieved by the UN Security Council's dismissal of a resolution on genocide in Srebrenica on Wednesday (8) July. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Global Europe 06-05-2015

Serbian army to take part in Moscow parade

Serbia will take part in the 9 May Victory Day Parade in Moscow, marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WW II. Serbian officials are reported to be saying that this does not reflect Serbia’s attitude toward European integration, and its obligations at the helm of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). EurActiv Serbia reports.
Enlargement 30-04-2015

Steinmeier: No new conditions for Serbia accession

On Tuesday (28 April), German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier reassured Serbia that there would be no new conditions for the candidate country’s progress toward EU membership. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Enlargement 17-04-2015

Serbia will arrest Thaçi if he attends Belgrade conference

Serbia warned yesterday (16 April) it would arrest the foreign minister of its former province of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi for alleged terrorism if he turns up in Belgrade next week to attend a conference, which ironically is dedicated to the reconciliation following the Yugoslav wars.
Enlargement 10-04-2015

‘Greater Albania’ statement awakens old ghosts in Balkans

Belgrade was upset. Left out of Europe, an isolated Albania had threatened to unify with Kosovo, and awaken conflicts in the Balkans, Prime Minister Edi Rama had said.
Enlargement 03-04-2015

Hague court heightens tensions between Serbia and Croatia

The decisions of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), first to set free an indicted war criminal, and then to request his return to The Hague, have heightened tensions between Serbia and Croatia. EurActiv Serbia reports.