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NATO Commander Backs EU candidate Status for Serbia

Posted December 7th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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NATO’s chief says a decision by the European Union to grant candidate status to Serbia would be beneficial to regional security. Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen made the remarks Wednesday, following a recent deal between Serbia and Kosovo to remove some of the barricades on their border. The leaders of the 27-nation EU bloc are to […]

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Merkel: Serbia Not Ready for EU Candidacy

Posted December 2nd, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Serbia has contributed to the tense situation in Kosovo and is therefore not yet ready to be a candidate for European Union membership. In a speech to the German parliament Friday, Mrs. Merkel said the path for Serbia into the EU can only happen after it normalizes relations with Kosovo. […]

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Merkel: Serbia Not Ready for EU Candidacy

Posted December 2nd, 2011 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Serbia has contributed to the tense situation in Kosovo and is therefore not yet ready to be a candidate for European Union membership. In a speech to the German parliament Friday, Mrs. Merkel said the path for Serbia into the EU can only happen after it normalizes relations with Kosovo. […]

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Latest Kosovo-Serbia Talks End With Little Progress

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A second day of European Union-mediated talks between Kosovo and Serbia has ended with little progress on resolving a long-running customs dispute. The two sides concluded talks Tuesday in Brussels with an agreement to mutually recognize each others’ university diplomas — a key issue for ethnic Albanians living in Serbia, many of whom have diplomas […]

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Serbia Cracks Down on Human Trafficking

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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Serbian authorities have arrested 17 people suspected of trafficking hundreds of illegal immigrants from Africa and Asia to western Europe. Police officials say the arrests were made Tuesday in raids across the country. Separately, Serbian police stopped at least 12 illegal migrants as they tried to cross into Serbia from Macedonia. Customs officials say the […]

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Kosovo, Serbia Resume Talks on Improving Relations

Posted November 21st, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Serbia and Kosovo have resumed negotiations, after Serbia walked out of European Union-mediated talks in September. The two sides began talks Monday in Brussels, with both Kosovo and Serbian leaders expressing hope for progress in resolving a long-running customs dispute expected to top the agenda of the two-day meeting. The dispute at a border crossing […]

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Serbian Police Recover 2 Stolen Picassos

Posted October 26th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Serbia’s interior minister has announced that two paintings by Pablo Picasso stolen from a Swiss exhibition have been recovered in Belgrade. Ivica Dacic said Wednesday the paintings, Tete de Cheval and Verre et Pichet , belong to the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, Germany. They were stolen in February 2008 while on loan to a cultural […]

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Serbia Takes First Step Toward EU Membership

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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The European Commission has recommended that Serbia become a candidate for membership in the European Union, but will not open formal accession talks until Serbia does more to normalize relations with Kosovo. In a report released Wednesday, the commission said Serbia had made progress in meeting political criteria related to stability of institutions that guarantee […]

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Serbian Diplomat Sentenced for Helping Suspect Flee US

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A Belgrade court has sentenced a former Serbian diplomat for helping a college basketball player flee the United States after beating another student into a coma. Igor Milosevic, who was a Serbian consul in New York, will spend 18 months in prison. He was convicted on charges of helping Miladin Kovacevic get emergency travel documents […]

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No Date Set for Continuing Dialogue Between Kosovo and Serbia

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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European Union mediator Robert Cooper has ended his tour of Belgrade and Pristina without securing a date for the continuation of stalled talks between Serbia and Kosovo. After meeting with Cooper Tuesday, Kosovo’s chief negotiator Edita Tahiri said dialogue would continue but that they had not agreed on a date. Tahiri added that Pristina would […]

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