SURREY/BELGRADE/BERLIN – Serbia is currently one of the Balkans leaders on the road to euro-atlantic integrations and reforms processes. Change of Serbia’s political mind came as a result of work started by the last government in which Socialists and Progressives worked together and moved Serbia ahead. Once it was unimaginable that Serbia would have successful negotiations with Priština and open the doors for its own and Kosovo’s accession to EU. But today we’re seeing two faces of Serbia’s political establishment. One side supports move towards EU (PM Vučić and foreign minister/fmr PM Dačić) while President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolić (fmr. leader of Serbian Progressive Party and boss to PM Vučić) still looks towards Moscow and its allies. Last week PM Vučić received dignified and state welcome in Berlin by the Chancellor Merkel, while Mr. Nikolić received last European dictator Alexander Lukashenko to a state visit.
Canadian government announced on Saturday that will donate $800,000 to aid recovery of Bosnia and Serbia following historic floods which happened in late May. Floods which hit territory of Bosnia and Serbia were the most severe floods in this region in over 120 years. Continue reading “Canada pledges $800,000 to help Balkans floods recovery”
Two decades ago Aleksandar Vučić was a member of far right political party which run paramilitary forces across the Balkans, today he is favorite politician in his and in at least another three regional countries with his center-right Serbian Progressive Party (SNS). Over the last two years Mr. Vučić was Deputy Prime Minister and once Defense Minister of Serbia, but judging right that his political force has a largest support among Serbia’s population chose to go to the polls and ask the for support in effort to tackle numerous problems with which Serbia is faced today. Since times of Slobodan Milošević in 1990’s Serbia is place rotten with all kinds of corruption, oligarchy and reckless spending and crime so interconnected with governmental system that succeed to assassinated former Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic eleven years ago. Continue reading “Aleksandar Vučić: From Radical to favorite and Serbia saviour”
One of the most important political events in Balkans this past year was Serbia and Kosovo tentative deal to normalise relations. In late April and with help and sponsorship from EU Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton both agree not to block each other’s bids to join international organisations. Belgrade-Pristina agreement is crucial historical moment through which both sides are showing willingness to resolve remaining issues through diplomacy and talks. Last time open issues were resolved through military action. In 1999 Serbia’s leader was Slobodan Milošević former boss to today’s PM Dačić, and Kosovo’s PM Thaci was commander of Kosovo Liberation Army. Continue reading “Historic deal between Belgrade and Pristina key Balkans event of 2013”
Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci believes that sometimes in future Kosovo and Serbia will recognize each other and will be able to continue their integration to EU and NATO. In his interview to Bosnian national TV and Interview 20 show PM Thaci said recognition will come as natural move once when relations are stabilized and set in proper framework which is now negotiated will Belgrade. He is a optimist that final status agreement and stabilization will be reached in the future despite opposition on both sides. Kosovo leader also said that Serbian politicians and officials are welcome to visit Kosovo but they’ll need to respect its independence and abstain from any interfering in any domestic issues. Continue reading “Serbia and Kosovo will recognize each other, PM Thaci”
Kosovo Municipal elections, first ever held on its entire territory since its independence from Serbia and Brussels agreement, had been almost very good for the government in Pristina but very bad for Serbian population at the Kosovo north. Central Election Commission reported in early Monday hours that just above 47% eligible voters exercised their rights, these doesn’t include numbers from the North were election process was abruptly stopped following brutal incidents. Continue reading “Kosovo elections: Good for Pristina, bad for Serbs on North”