- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- All Balkan Countries
New coalition parties all promise better government – but as the agendas they advocate differ significantly, policy disagreements could soon emerge, research by BIRN Serbia and CeSID shows.
With nationalists and Socialists politically in the ascendant, champions of closer economic ties to Russia are feeling the wind is behind them.
Party that topped the election is having obvious difficulties finding people of the right calibre to fill top jobs.
The Socialists and Progressives, who shared power in the 1990s, when the Progressives’ members were Radicals, are back in office – but have they changed heart since then?
Whichever parties form the new administration, they face the same old inherited headaches - from soaring debt and unemployment to endemic corruption and the unresolved issue of Kosovo.
The leader of the Progressives won the Serbian presidency after serenading the EU – but his hardline supporters still wish he was singing Chetnik anthems.
Serbia’s Democratic Party appears to have been punished for its economic failures and its perceived authoritarianism.
Promises of hundreds of new jobs made during the election campaign will soon be forgotten as reducing the deficit becomes a certain priority for the new team.
Jump in the number of voters registering protest by casting blank or defaced ballots has Serbia’s political class worried.
Although voters gave the ruling Democrats a convincing mandate to continue running the capital, few expect their everyday lives to get much better as a result.
Serbia badly needs a decisive new prime minister with vision, experience and strength – not a cynical old relic of the Milosevic regime.
Once a marginal force in politics, Ivica Dacic's Socialists have doubled their seats in parliament by profiting from the weaknesses of their rivals and playing the nationalist card.
The main opposition Progressive party is likely to win most votes in the general election - but its chances of forming a government remain slim unless it can woo key partners.
As the election campaign in Serbia moves into its last days, significant policy differences between the front-running Democrats and Progressives have failed to emerge.
Coalition’s plan to split MP’s job between them is raising eyebrows in the region, where some believe the leaders’ main motive is financial.
This spring almost 7 million Serbians are entitled to vote in presidential, general, provincial and local elections.
Since the renewal of multi-party politics in 1990 power has oscillated between a variety of parties in Serbia and votes have often followed by allegations of frauds and protests.
Twelve years after the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic, the scene has changed significantly as parties rise, fall and change their minds. See Balkan Insight's profiles of Serbia's ruling and opposition parties.
Since the first multi-party elections were held in 1990, Serbia has often had acting heads of state, while many of those elected ended their terms before their mandates expired.
"Tycoons want to see my back"