Fri, May 24 2013
AT THE ELYSEE: France's president Nicolas Sarkozy, left, welcomes Serbian president Boris Tadic at the Elysee Palace in Paris, May 27 2009.
COMPATRIOTS: Serbian president Boris Tadic, centre, poses with Serbian tennis players Jelena Jankovic, right, and Novak Djokovic, second left, at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, May 27 2009. The woman at left is Jelena’s mother, Snezana Jankovic.
Kosovo president Fatmir Sejdiu urges ethnic Serbs to take part in the municipal elections, the first vote to be held in Kosovo since its February 2008 unilateral declaration of independence.
In Belgrade, Italian foreign minister joins in joint statement with Romanian and Serbian counterparts calling for speeding up of Serbia’s European integration.
Macedonian minister says that once border question is resolved, it is hoped to establish diplomatic relations. Statement ends speculation that withdrawal of recognition would follow spat over cancelled visit by Kosovo president.
In Skopje, prime minister Nikola Gruevski calls for ‘good neighbourly relations’ after warnings that decision not to receive Kosovo president Fatmir Sejdiu with state ceremony could cause inter-ethnic tension in Macedonia.
Serbia’s minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanovic and a presidential adviser prevented from entering Kosovo in an incident similar to one in February 2009.
Resolution by the Organisation of the Islamic Conference satisfies Belgrade by not calling for further recognitions of Kosovo’s independence, while Pristina says that it will indeed pave the way for future recognitions.
Reports say that EU ministers could decide on June 15 to ease visa system for Macedonia, but Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Albania will have to wait.
US vice president says that he does not expect Serbia to recognise Kosovo’s independence, but Serbia should co-operate with the EU and international community on Kosovo.
Whatever psychological boost may be represented by the IMF admitting Kosovo, and some cheerleading from Joe Biden, Serbia shows its determination to harry the breakaway state on all fronts
EIB’s 1.4 billion euro financial crisis plan for closer relations with EU - signature of first 250 million euro loan for SMEs and the new Framework Agreement.
Governments in Prague and Bucharest could soon join Sofia in instituting temporary moratoriums on shale gas exploration.
Coalition around ruling Democratic Party has largest share of vote in Serbia's parliamentary election, according to exit polls.
Centre-right New Democracy is said by exit polls to have largest share of votes, but diminished even from its 2009 defeat, while socialists Pasok – the 2009 victors – gets somewhere around 14 to 17 per cent.
An agreement reached with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will allow voters with dual citizenship in Kosovo to vote in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Serbia.
Twenty radical Muslims suspected of being members of a terrorist group that has been linked to the murder of five fishermen in early April.