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Serbian Presidential Election Heading for Runoff

Posted May 6th, 2012 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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First results in Serbia show the country’s presidential election going to a runoff. Projections late Sunday show the incumbent president, Boris Tadic of the Democratic Party, slightly ahead of his main challenger, Tomislav Nikolic of the nationalist Serbian Progressive Party. Neither contender has even 30 percent of the vote, and a majority is necessary to […]

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Polling Stations Open in Serbia

Posted May 6th, 2012 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Polling stations are open across Serbia Sunday as citizens cast their ballots for president, legislators and local officials. Sunday’s ballot could have an impact on the country’s push for EU membership and its reconciliation with neighboring Kosovo. Serbia does not recognize Kosovo’s independence. The two leading presidential candidates are incumbent Boris Tadic of the pro-EU […]

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Serbia, Bosnia Embark on ‘New Era’

Posted March 14th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina are pushing ahead with closer ties and more cooperation, putting aside deep-seated anger and animosity that highlighted relations during the 1992-to-1995 Bosnian war. Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic told reporters “there are no more obstacles,” following a meeting Wednesday with Bosnian Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija in Belgrade. The two ministers promised a […]

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Serbia Sets Parliamentary Election for May

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Serbian President Boris Tadic has set May 6 as the date for the country’s parliamentary elections. Mr. Tadic’s ruling Democratic Party will face a strong challenge for the 250-seat national assembly from the nationalist Serbian Progressive Party, headed by opposition leader Tomislav Nikolic. The election comes after European Union leaders made Serbia an official candidate […]

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EU Grants Serbia Membership Candidate Status

Posted March 1st, 2012 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union has granted Serbia membership candidate status, citing the country’s improved ties with Kosovo. The 27 EU leaders announced their decision at Thursday’s summit in Belgrade. European Council Herman Van Rompuy calls it a remarkable achievement for Serbia — a country that was bombed by NATO forces just 13 years ago because of […]

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US Welcomes Kosovo’s Agreement With Serbia

Posted February 24th, 2012 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has welcomed the agreement between Serbia and Kosovo on regional issues reached Thursday in Brussels after three days of arduous negotiations. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told VOA’s Albanian Service Friday that the agreement is a very significant step for Kosovo. She contacted VOA’s Albanian Service by phone from Tunisia, where […]

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Report: Kosovo Conflict Hinders Serbia’s EU Candidacy

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The International Crisis Group says the ongoing conflict between Kosovo and Serbia is threatening Kosovo’s internal stability and Serbia’s efforts to join the European Union. In a report released Thursday, the Brussels-based research institution says the Kosovo government’s push to establish control of its entire territory, especially its borders with Serbia, and northern Kosovo Serbs’ […]

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Lawyer: Serb War Crimes Suspect Seselj Was ‘Clinically Dead’ in Hague Hospital

Posted January 10th, 2012 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A lawyer for Serbian war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj is accusing the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal of ignoring his health problems. The lawyer says Seselj was clinically dead when he was brought to a hospital from his jail cell in the Hague last Friday. He said Seselj is suffering from heart and lung failure. […]

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Freedom of Movement Begins Between Kosovo and Serbia

Posted December 26th, 2011 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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For the first time since Kosovo declared its independence in 2008, its citizens are allowed to enter Serbian territory and travel freely. An accord to allow freedom of movement in Serbia to all citizens of Kosovo went into effect Monday. The agreement was reached Thursday during European Union-brokered talks between Belgrade and Pristina. Under the […]

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Croatia Signs EU Accession Treaty, Decision on Serbia Delayed

Posted December 9th, 2011 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Croatia is poised to become the 28th member of the European Union in July 2013 after signing a long-awaited accession treaty with the bloc. The treaty was signed Friday in Brussels, and comes after six years of accession talks that involved pledges from Croatia to crack down on corruption. Its membership must still be ratified […]

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