Wed, Jun 19 2013
The European Parliament says the EU should start accession talks with Serbia as soon as possible, welcomes plans to start them with Montenegro in June and calls on the five EU member states that have yet to recognise Kosovo's independence to do so, in three resolutions adopted on March 29.
Boris Tadic's ruling Democratic Party will face a strong challenge for the 250-seat national assembly from the nationalist Serbian Progressive Party, headed by opposition leader Tomislav Nikolic.
The path to EU candidate status – to say nothing of actual membership – is never without its complications.
Challenges remain for Priština, four years after Kosovo's declaration of independence.
Progress in the dialogue was seen as a crucial factor in any decision at an EU summit on Serbia’s aspirations to EU candidate member status.
However, government of Kosovo has to implement a series of reforms to meet the criteria.
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.