EU: Collector of bad and worse, now adding Croatia


Josipovic and Van Rompuy

Josipovic and Van Rompuy

On Monday, when Canadians will celebrate another Confederation birthday, largest European political, economical and population Union will officially welcome another 28th member. Slovenia as first of the ex-Yugoslavian countries will be joined by Croatia in the exclusive European club as full member with all rights and responsibilities. In days when Croatia is celebrating success, after a decade of negotiations with EU, another Balkans country got a green light to start accession talks, and its first neighbor got a yellow light to get ready for same. Serbia will start their negotiations process sometimes in January of 2014, Kosovo will follow upon fulfilling first round of requirements for the accession negotiations. Continue reading

Advertisements

Srbija otvorila vrata EU, BiH ostaje sama


Dacic-AshtonSrbija je u petak nakon potpisivanja sporazuma s Kosovom sebi konačno otvorila vrata za početak pregovora sa EU, time je napravljen korak koji će im pomoći da ubrzaju svoje integracije i da poboljšaju svoje ukupno stanje. Kosovo je time dobilo veliku prednost kada je u pitanju njihovo nastojanje da se jednog dana i samo nađe u EU, te da konačno počne misliti na poboljšanje stanja svojih građana. Continue reading

New message to Bosnian ‘leaders” – Füle and Jagland on Sejdić-Finci judgment


Dervo-Sejdic-Jakob-FinciBosnia and Herzegovina politicians practically decided to stop country’s further advance towards European Union when missed to address very important Human Rights issue. Sejdić-Finci case which was determined by the European Court for Human Rights requires Bosnia and Herzegovina to amend current constitution and election laws to allow Jewish, Roma and other minorities to be nominated and elected to the highest offices in the country. Continue reading

Parallels between Iraq and Balkan situation decades after the wars


Soldier and mother with baby during Iraq War (Photo: Flickr)

Soldier and mother with baby during Iraq War (Photo: Flickr)

These days United States and Iraq are commemorating tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Lessons, messages, experiences and personal stories are in the focus of our attention. Magazines and newspapers went back to the archives and brought back some of the most significant stories regarding pre-invasion times and actual day when whole operation started. Continue reading

Susret Tadića i Thacija nije ni historijski ni presudni


Posljednji dan ovogodišnjeg Croatia Summit-a u Dubrovniku u prisustvu nekoliko stotina ljudi dogodilo se nešto što se nije moglo očekivati da će se dogoditi u skoroj budućnosti, a to je da vidimo jednog srbijanskog političara da se rukuje sa jednim aktuelnim ili pak bivšim kosovskim političarem. U ovom slučaju to su bili bivši srbijanski predsjednik Boris Tadić i aktuelni kosovski premijer Hashim Thaci koji su se rukovali i kurtoazno razmijenili nekoliko riječi, iako se moglo vidjeti da po izrazima njihovih lica i prema govoru tijela ni jedan nijedan nije osjećao previše ugodno ili komforno u tom momentu. Neki su odmah potrčali kako bi rekli da je ovo bio jedan istorijski momenat koji bi mogao značiti nešto značajno za buduće odnose dvaju zemalja ili da bi mogao imati neki efekt na razgovore između Beograda i Prištine pod pokroviteljstvom EU. Nažalost mislim da su se zagovornici ove ideje veoma zaletili i da su prerano istrčali da kažu kako je ovo jedna historijska situacija i da su istoj dali nešto više značaja.  Continue reading

Serbian voters undecided on President and Parliament


Boris Tadic, leader of the Democratic Party (photo by: Demokratska Stranka)

On Sunday Serbian voters come out to cast their votes on local, Parliamentary and Presidential elections which are labeled as a referendum on countries future in euro-atlantic integrations (EU and NATO membership) but also better or worse regional relations. Citizens had a chance to keep the country on current course towards EU/NATO while protecting national unity and territorial integrity with Kosovo or to steer to the right and bring itself on the brink of not joining to EU/NATO and possibly face itself with radical actions on Kosovo’s future. Everybody was looking into three political parties and three leaders on national level knowing that their results will decide country’s future. Former President Boris Tadic, his main coalition partner (Socialists leader, fmr Slobodan Milosevic deputy) and vice-PM Ivica Dacic, and official opposition leader Tomislav Nikolic were presidential candidates but also leaders of the strongest parliamentary parties and their post-election talks will decide final composition of the country. When it comes to regional relations analysts and commentators, including several politicians, said Tadic/Dacic coalition and Tadic as President would be the best choice for the future of Balkans.

Continue reading

Serbia becomes EU candidate, Kosovo “footnote” state


On Friday Serbia made decisive move towards accession talks opener after reaching a deal with its former province Kosovo, currently claiming independence, on regional cooperation, representation and border management. It took two sides quite some time to reach a deal backed by European Union, opening the doors of European Union to Serbia and securing Ksoovo’s place around the tables in major regional organizations and international meetings. As all sides express their satisfaction with reached agreement some political forces in Pristina and Belgrade were not so happy promising new actions against current governments in following weeks. Continue reading