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The municipal government in the southern Serbian city of Presevo, made up of three ethnic Albanian parties, has collapsed.
Plans are being drawn up for all Albanians in the Balkans to live in a "greater Albanian state" by 2015, Orhan Rexhepi, an ethnic Albanian official from south Serbia, told Balkan Insight.
Albanians and Roma from south Serbia are embarking daily on buses and taking advantage of the visa-free regime, trying to reach western European countries, mostly Sweden and Belgium.
The Kosovo government has criticised a report by the International Crisis Group detailing options for resolving the dispute over the northern region.
Galip Beqiri, the first president of the newly established National Council of Ethnic Albanians in Serbia, told Balkan Insight that solving the problems of the ethnic Albanian community in the field of education will be his priority.
As part of efforts to support and promote the rights of national minorities, much anticipated elections for national minority councils will be held in Serbia on Sunday.
German Ambassador to Serbia Wolfram Maas has called on German companies to consider investing in southern Serbia, a region actively seeking new sources of economic development.
U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Mary Warlick has said she will work to encourage American investors to invest in southern Serbia during her visit to the region on Thursday.
BIRN organised a high-profile conference and open debate on Wednesday in Belgrade on the further development of South Serbia and possibilities for the increased integration of ethnic Albanians into Serbian state institutions.
BIRN has organised a high-profile conference and open debate today in Belgrade on the further development of South Serbia and possibilities for the increased integration of ethnic Albanians into Serbian state institutions.
The head of the coordination body for southern Serbia Milan Markovic said that security situation in the southern municipalities of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja is stable, despite recent attack on members of the Serbian police in Bujanovac.
In the wake of the latest incident in South Serbia, President Boris Tadic met with officials from the region to discuss ways to improve living conditions in that part of Serbia.
A member of the multiethnic police force in South Serbia was seriously injured in a bomb explosion Sunday night in the town of Bujanovac.
Riza Halimi, the only ethnic Albanian MP in Serbia’s parliament, believes that is out of the question to discuss any exchange of territories in southern Serbia and northern Kosovo, as was suggested earlier this week by the speaker of Kosovo's assembly.
The speaker of Kosovo's Assembly, Jakup Krasniqi, said that if Serbs from northern Kosovo wish to "secede", then "ethnic Albanians in southern Serbia are ready to join Kosovo".
The South Serbia region, predominantly populated by ethnic Albanians, lies some 350 kilometres south of Serbia`s capital, Belgrade. In contemporary political language, the term “South Serbia” is understood to refer to the territory of three municipalities - Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja.
A snapshot of South Serbia's business and industry
Resources and institutions of South Serbia
Facts and figures on the population, ethnic composition and geography of South Serbia
Profiles of main political leaders in South Serbia
Profiles of main political parties in South Serbia
After Belgrade removed a memorial to ethnic Albanian fighters in Presevo, some locals called for political dialogue but others rejected cooperation with the government.
Snapshots of ordinary life in South Serbia show the people of Bujanovac and Presevo, and give a brief look at the symbols of the region.
If you meet someone who has a computer, a good car, a new house but no job, he just might be living in Presevo.