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June 23 Decisive For Serbia's EU negotiations

In order to have the first negotiating chapters opened, Serbia should now invest all its efforts in the political dialogue with Pristina at a meeting scheduled for June 23, European Parliament rapporteur for Serbia David McAllister said at a conference in Belgrade on June 8. This was a message not only from the EP, but also from Berlin, EurActiv Serbia reports quoting a well-informed European source. McAllister listed improvement of the ...

A Move Away from Russia?

The statements Serbian officials made on May 28 regarding gas projects may be interpreted as Serbia’s slight turn toward reducing energy dependence on Russia. During a visit to Tirana Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said that Serbia would join a U.S.-backed pipeline that would transport gas from Azerbaijan to Europe, while Minister of Energy Aleksandar Antić on the same day in Belgrade emphasized the diversification of sources as ...

Moscow Testing Belgrade’s Neutrality

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov during a visit to Belgrade on May 15 had an opportunity to see that Serbia, an EU candidate country, is determined to maintain close ties with Russia and supports the idea of building the Turkish Stream gas pipeline. The confirmation of Serbia’s “neutrality” in the context of tense relations between Russia and the West over the crisis in Ukraine was, according to Serbian analysts and a ...

How to Unblock Serbia's EU Negotiations

Visit of the EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn to Serbia was marked by the question why the negotiations process is stalled, with no chapters opened more than a year after the official launch. As it emerged, Belgrade and Brussels have opposing views on such a situation. While Hahn talked about the need for Serbia to fully implement conditions, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic insisted that his country met the requirements and that the first ...

Serbia to Take Part in Moscow Parade

Serbia will take part in the Parade of Victors in Moscow, on May 9, marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II which, as Serbian officials underscore, will not affect its attitude toward European integration or toward its obligations at the helm of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Belgrade is explaining its participation in the parade with the fact that it is an event of historical importance, as ...

Encouraging Messages from Germany

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has brought reassuring messages to the Serbian public regarding the conditions for progress in negotiations with the EU - that there were no new conditions and that Berlin supported the opening of the first chapters in this year. Although expected, these messages on April 28 are significant for Serbia, which is still waiting for the opening of the first chapters, more than a year since the ...

Analysts: Ignorance Recruits to Battle Lines

It is estimated that around 200 Kosovo Albanians had joined jihadi groups in Syria and Iraq. Alike several European countries, authorities in Pristina passed law which envisages prison sentences for involvement in the foreign conflicts. Understanding the motivation of the potential recruits is essential for addressing the issue at this poverty stricken territory with majority muslim population, and according to the observers ignorance and ...

Albanian PM’s Statement Wakes Old Ghosts in Balkans

The recent statement by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama that the isolation of Kosovo in European integration could result in the classical unification of Albania and Kosovo, represents a message of sorts to Brussels, but has at the same time woken up the old ghosts of divisions and conflicts in the Balkans, particularly upsetting Belgrade. Rama’s statement can be interpreted as a message to Brussels on the necessity of intensifying ...

The Šešelj Case Shakes the Region

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on March 30 ordered that Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Šešelj, indicted for war crimes during the war in the former Yugoslavia, be returned to the tribunal’s detention unit from his temporary freedom in Serbia. This decision has strongly dissatisfied the government in Belgrade, which sees it as an attempt at its destabilization and the ...

Bilateral issues in the EP

Croatian deputies have managed to “push” into the European Parliament’s Resolution on Serbia, adopted on March 11, the amendment by which Serbia is urged to reconsider its law on war crime trials. During the debate on the resolution, both at the plenary session ahead of its adoption and at the foreign policy committee’s meeting in February, this request caused heated debates, so the representatives of the European Commission estimated ...

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