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01 Apr 15

Serbia ‘Will Not Deport Seselj by Force’

The Serbian government said it will not forcibly arrest war crimes defendant Vojislav Seselj and hopes the Serbian Radical Party leader will return to detention at the Hague Tribunal voluntarily.

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31 Mar 15

Serbian Fighters’ Kosovo Massacre Convictions Overturned

A verdict convicting nine former Serbian fighters of killing more than 118 Albanians near the Kosovo town of Pec/Peja in 1999 was annulled and the case sent for retrial.

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31 Mar 15

Serbia PM: Seselj Being Used to Punish Belgrade

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said the Hague Tribunal’s decision to release Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj and then recall him to custody was intended to undermine his government.

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30 Mar 15

Kosovo Serb 'Civil Protection' Force Faces Disbanding

A Kosovo minister said that the Serb-run Civilna Zastita (Civil Protection) force in the north will soon be dissolved and incorporated into the country's regular police.

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30 Mar 15

Hague Tribunal Orders Seselj Back into Custody

The international war crimes court revoked the temporary release of Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj, ordering him to return to custody in the Netherlands immediately.

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27 Mar 15

EU's Mogherini Tells Serbia to Hasten Reforms

Ahead of her first visit to Belgrade, the EU foreign policy chief, Frederica Mogherini, said Serbia must achieve results internally and on Kosovo before it can open EU accession talks.

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27 Mar 15

Balkan Media Freedom in ‘Sharp Decline’, Report

A new report says media freedom and integrity in Bosnia, Macedonia and Serbia have deteriorated over the past months, blaming it on the countries’ governments - and on the EU.

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26 Mar 15

Kosovo PM Says He Has Hotline to Belgrade

Prime Minister Isa Mustafa on Thursday said that he and the Serbian Prime Minister had agreed to discuss certain problems directly - and not rely solely on meetings in Brussels.

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26 Mar 15

Serbia Schools Minister Downplays Teachers Strike

As teachings unions threaten to up their strike action, Srdjan Verbic, Serbia’s education minister, vows that the long-running strike will not jeopardise the end of the school year.

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25 Mar 15

EU Offers 1bn to Boost Balkan Infrastructure

EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn promised the region 1 billion euro in infrastructure investment at the third 'Western Balkans 6' conference held in Pristina - which Serbia also attended.

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25 Mar 15

Serbia Takes Part in Balkan Summit in Kosovo

A regional conference of ministers from six Balkan states opened in Pristina on Wednesday - with Serbia taking part in a summit in Pristina for the first time.

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25 Mar 15

Serbia Mourns NATO Bombing Victims

Hundreds of people gathered in Belgrade on the 16th anniversary of the air strikes on Yugoslavia that ended the Kosovo war in 1999 to commemorate the victims of NATO’s bombing.

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24 Mar 15

Albania PM's 'One Nation' Talk Alarms Serbia

A joint session of the Albanian and Kosovo governments in Tirana has upset Belgrade, which has urged the EU to react to the ‘nationalistic’ remarks of the Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama.

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24 Mar 15

Kosovo President: NATO Air Strikes Were ‘Humanitarian’

On the 16th anniversary of the launch of NATO’s strikes on Yugoslavia, President Atifete Jahjaga said the Western military intervention had prevented genocide and helped set Kosovo free.

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24 Mar 15

‘Naked Island’ Film Revisits Yugoslav Prison Colony

Director Tiha K. Gudac’s documentary was inspired by her grandfather’s experience of being imprisoned at the notorious Communist-era Goli Otok jail camp on a Croatian island.

Premium

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30 Mar 15

How Belgraders Remember the NATO Bombings

As the Serbian state tries to construct a narrative of national victimhood around the 1999 NATO air strikes, how did ordinary Belgraders experience the days and nights under fire?

Business

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23 Mar 15

Smederevo Deal Contains Minefields, Experts Warn

Serbia’s decision to award the contract to manage Smederevo Steel to HPK Engineering could have adverse consequences, industry experts say.

Culture and Lifestyle

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28 Mar 15

Spring Into Life in The Park

March is the right time to shake off those winter blues and head for a national park – be it the famed gorge on the Danube, Vojvodina’s only mountain or the aromatic coniferous forests of Tara Mt.