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no-good-news-for-the-balkans-after-uk-chooses-brexit-06-24-2016
24 Jun 16

Balkans Shaken as UK Chooses EU Exit

Initial reactions from the Balkan region to the negative vote on the EU in Britain are gloomy - but concerns about the effects of a 'Brexit' on Southeastern Europe's economies are less dramatic. 

serbia-will-not-open-chapters-23-and-24-in-june-06-23-2016
24 Jun 16

Serbia Hopes of Opening Key EU Chapters Fade

Despite hopes to the contrary, Serbia will not open Chapters 23 and 24 in its EU negotiations during the Dutch EU presidency that ends on July 1, experts warn.

serbia-lacks-political-support-for-establishing-transitional-justice-progress-hlc-says-06-22-2016
22 Jun 16

Serbia Making no Progress on Transitional Justice, Report

There has been no significant progress in establishing transitional justice processes in Serbia, due to slow and inefficient war-crime trials and a lack of political will, a Humanitarian Law Centre report says.

serbian-jon-stewart-declared-fake-clips-as-disqualification-of-his-work-06-21-2016
22 Jun 16

Serbian Satirist Says Threats Won't Silence Him

Satirical journalist Zoran Kesic says the doctored video clips of his show - designed to show him as anti-Serbian - were all part of a broader campaign aimed at blackening his name.

russia-s-night-wolves-head-to-the-balkans-for-slavic-tour-06-21-2016
22 Jun 16

Putin's Bikers to Start Slavic Balkan Tour

Vladimir Putin’s favourite bike club, the Night Wolves, will ride across 12 countries, aiming to strengthen connections between the Eastern European Orthodox peoples and Russia.

balkans-eu-prospect-must-remain-alive-panel-says-06-20-2016
20 Jun 16

Balkan EU Prospects Must Remain Alive, Panel Says

There is no alternative to EU accession for the Balkan countries despite the many ongoing setbacks, participants at a BIRN panel organised in Skopje, Macedonia, said.

serbian-pm-and-croatian-president-signed-declaration-on-improving-relationship-06-20-2016
20 Jun 16

Serbian, Croatian Leaders Sign up to Closer Ties

Serbian Prime Minister-designate Aleksandar Vucic and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic have signed an agreement on enhancing the relationship between the two countries.

serbian-tycoon-sentenced-five-years-in-prison-06-20-2016
20 Jun 16

Serbia Court Jails Miskovic For Five Years

The Special Court in Belgrade jailed Miroslav Miskovic - owner of the industrial giant Delta Holding - for five years and fined him 65.500 euros for helping his son evade taxes.

vojvodina-s-new-rulers-use-phantom-ngos-to-silence-protests-06-17-2016
17 Jun 16

Vojvodina's New Rulers Use ‘Phantom’ NGOs to Silence Protests

Journalists in the Serbian province say the new ruling bloc has established pet NGOs to muzzle their own protests against purges at the provincial broadcaster, RTV.

questioning-of-milosevic-s-arrest-serves-vucic-for-opposition-defamations-06-15-2016
17 Jun 16

Serbia PM Using Milosevic Probe as Distraction, Critics Say

As Aleksandar Vucic weighs an investigation into the possibly illegality of the arrest, critics say the PM is trying to distract the public from domestic crises.

serbia-tightens-security-measures-ahead-of-chinese-president-arrival-06-16-2016
17 Jun 16

Serbia Tightens Security Ahead of Chinese Visit

Serbia is raising security measures to the highest level ahead of Friday’s 'historic' arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

tensions-between-orthodox-churches-grow-ahead-of-historic-summit-06-14-2016
15 Jun 16

Orthodox Feuds Dampen Hopes of Historic Council

Days before the start of the Great and Holy Council in Crete, aimed at uniting the world's Orthodox Christians, rows between the various churches have escalated - and several churches will not now be coming.

fugative-general-trial-postponed-indefinately-06-14-2016
15 Jun 16

Serbia Delays Djukic Trial in Row Over Documents

The trial in Belgrade of Novak Djukic - convicted earlier in Sarajevo of ordering a deadly artillery strike on Tuzla in Bosnia - is on hold after the Bosnian court failed to provide Serbia with the requested case material.

prime-minister-aleksandar-vucic-cancelled-his-trip-to-washington-and-brussels-06-14-2016
14 Jun 16

Serbia Leader Scraps Planned US-Brussels Tour

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has confirmed that he has cancelled scheduled visits to Washington and Brussels - but without clarifying the exact reasons.

serbian-prime-minister-meets-eu-and-us-ambassadors-over-contraversy-06-13-2016
13 Jun 16

Serbian PM Meets Ambassadors After Plot Claims

Aleksandar Vucic has met EU and US ambassadors following claims made in the pro-goverment media in Serbia that they are sponsoring an anti-government conspiracy.

Premium

former-sandzak-mufti-mulls-joining-serbian-government-06-22-2016
23 Jun 16

Former Sandzak Mufti Mulls Joining Serbian Government

Muamer Zukorlic, the controversial former mufti, businessmen and new member of Serbia’s parliament, is considering entering a new government if it offers Bosniaks some concessions. 

18 Jun 16

Vucic's Advisor Did Not Declare Assets

11 Jun 16

Belgrade Protest Movement Takes to the Streets

Business

public-administration-facing-new-layoffs-06-22-2016
22 Jun 16

Serbia Faces Further Public-Sector Layoffs

Serbia's Minister of Public Administration, Kori Udovicki, said up to 7,000 more staffers in the public sector will lose their jobs by the end of the year.

21 Jun 16

IMF Cautions Against Serbian Payroll Increases

21 Jun 16

Report Hailing Economic Growth Questioned

20 Jun 16

All Eyes on China in Serbian Steel Mill Town

Culture and Lifestyle

british-soul-stars-headline-belgrade-calling-festival-06-13-2016
23 Jun 16

British Soul Stars Headline Belgrade Calling Festival

This year’s festival, one of the city’s premiere events to catch international stars, features an array of British soul music.

13 Jun 16

Adventurers Ride the Belgrade Skies

13 Jun 16

Belgrade’s Floating Rite of Spring