Analysis 23 Jan 18

Challenges Facing Serbia in 2018

In the coming year, Serbia is expected to not only complete difficult negotiations with Kosovo but also hold heated Belgrade elections and implement overdue constitutional reforms.

Filip Rudic
BIRN
Belgrade
Former Democratic Party leader and businessman Dragan Djilas announced in December that he will make a political comeback in the Belgrade mayoral elections in 2018. Photo: Beta

The cabinet of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic will be engaged in several demanding tasks set before the country as part of its EU accession process. These will test his regime’s popularity in the Serbian capital – and perhaps in parliamentary elections too.

Authorities in Pristina expect to sign a legally-binding agreement with Belgrade by the end of 2018, which analysts in Serbia say will require increased pressure placed on both sides.

Some, including Boban Stojanovic, an assistant lecturer at the Belgrade Faculty for Political Sciences, believe Serbia will try to  delay signing any deal for as long as possible.

“Whether that tactic will be successful… I really can’t say,” Stojanovic said.

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