Tue, May 21 2013
The head of Belgrade's negotiating team, Borislav Stefanović, told reporters after the closed-door meeting that there would be more discussions, but he did not say when
European Union to send a mediator to try to resolve tensions between Serbia and Kosovo, while parliament in Belgrade approves a special resolution on the border crisis.
Serbian president Boris Tadić called for an end to the violence, saying that ‘hooligans’ who are causing violence are not the ones who defend the citizens or the state of Serbia.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton urged Serbian president Tadic and Kosovo prime minister Thaci to help defuse the tensions and do all that is necessary to calm down the situation.
Serbian President Boris Tadic is appealing for diplomacy after Kosovo police tried to seize control of two border posts in Kosovo's Serb-dominated north, wounding two officers and three civilians.
Kosovo's government says it wants to assert control over northern regions where local Serbs refuse to recognise its 2008 declaration of independence from neighbouring Serbia. The Kosovo government also is trying to enforce a ban it imposed last week on the entry of Serbian products into the country.
In Sofia, Priština’s foreign minister builds the brickwork of formal relations.
New report shows lack of political will impedes fight against corruption in Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Turkey; Transparency International calls for greater implementation of anti-corruption laws in EU accession countries.
Enough on its own to get EU candidate status?
Dialogue with Serbia proceeds, with a flurry over talk of partition.
Welcoming the recent start of a much-awaited dialogue between officials in Pristina and Belgrade, Lamberto Zannier, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General told the UN Security Council that Kosovo had emerged from a constitutional crisis and appeared to be headed towards a period of increased political stability
Telecommunications, customs procedures and air traffic control on the agenda of March 8 and 9 2011 talks being held under the auspices of the European Union.
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.