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Nov 21, 2014

Fugitive Ukraine tycoon wins, then loses, Serbian citizenship

BELGRADE (Reuters) – A multi-millionaire gas tycoon who is wanted by police in his native Ukraine and blacklisted by the EU was briefly granted citizenship in Serbia, only for the government on Friday to reverse a decision that risked drawing fire from the West.

The strange case of 29-year-old Serhiy Kurchenko appeared to highlight the power of connections in the Balkan country, a candidate for membership of the European Union but with close ties to Russia.

Nov 14, 2014

EU hopeful Serbia hosts military drill with Russia

NIKINCI, Serbia, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Russian soldiers
parachuted into open fields in western Serbia on Friday as part
of an unprecedented joint military drill that has stirred
controversy in the European Union candidate-country given the
West-Russia standoff over Ukraine.

The one-day anti-terrorist exercise, around 50 km (30
miles)from Serbia’s border with NATO-member Croatia, illustrated
the balancing-act Belgrade faces; safeguarding relations with
its big-power ally while pursuing closer integration with Europe
at a time of deep West-Russia tension.

Nov 10, 2014

Albanian, Serbian leaders clash over Kosovo during historic visit

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Billed as a new chapter in the history of the Balkans, the first visit on Monday by an Albanian leader to Serbia in 68 years descended into a televised row between prime ministers over the independence of the majority-Albanian former Serbian province of Kosovo.

Serbia considers Kosovo the cradle of its nation and faith, but the vast majority of its 1.8 million people are ethnic Albanians who seceded in 2008 with the backing of the West almost a decade after NATO went to war to halt a wave of ethnic cleansing.

Nov 6, 2014

Serbian inmates say lawyers’ strike keeping them in jail

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Dozens of prison inmates in Serbia appealed to the country’s top human rights official on Thursday, saying they faced spending more time behind bars than necessary due to an almost two-month-old strike by lawyers.

Lawyers in the Balkan country have been on strike since Sept. 10, boycotting most court proceedings in a dispute with the government over taxes and the role of notaries.

Oct 31, 2014

Strike of Serbian lawyers piles pressure on creaking justice system

BELGRADE, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Lawyers in Serbia have rejected
a partial climbdown by the government aimed at ending an almost
two-month-old strike that has paralysed the Balkan country’s
already creaking legal system.

Lawyers have been boycotting most court proceedings since
Sept. 10, demanding the government lower their tax liability and
abolish recent changes to the law that have allowed notaries to
take on certain legal matters previously handled by lawyers.

Oct 30, 2014

Serbia to launch fresh bid to sell loss-making steel mill

BELGRADE, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Serbia will launch a fresh bid
to sell its loss-making state-owned steel mill on Friday, the
government said, with the state offering to take on its huge
debts to sweeten the deal.

Serbia bought back the Zelezara Smederevo steel plant from
U.S. Steel in 2012 for $1 in order to prevent its closure and
the loss of 5,000 jobs, but the 100 million euros ($126 million)
it swallows in state subsidies per year is hindering government
plans to stabilise Serbia’s finances.

Oct 30, 2014

Serbian teachers, doctors announce strikes over pay cuts

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Health workers and teachers in Serbia announced on Thursday they would strike next month in the first real sign of resistance to wage and pension cuts introduced by the government to try to stabilize the budget.

The government says the cuts, set to take effect on Nov. 1, are needed to bolster Serbia’s finances after years of rising debt and deficit levels that the International Monetary Fund says are no longer sustainable.

Oct 23, 2014

Exclusive: Charred tanks in Ukraine point to Russian involvement

HORBATENKO Ukraine (Reuters) – The burnt-out remains of dozens of tanks and armored vehicles in fields near this small village bear witness to the ferocity of a battle that turned the tide of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Most of the tanks were used by the government forces routed in August near Horbatenko, 40 km (25 miles) southeast of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, a defeat so demoralizing that days later Kiev agreed a ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists.

Oct 17, 2014

Serbian PM condemns attacks on Albanians in soccer row

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s prime minister on Friday condemned a spate of attacks on Albanian-owned businesses in the three days since a soccer match between the two countries descended into a brawl, but said he had not yet decided whether to let his Albanian counterpart go ahead with a visit to Belgrade next week.

A diplomatic row over Tuesday’s abandoned game is threatening to derail the trip by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, seen as a chance to reset ties after a long history of tensions between the Balkan countries.

Oct 17, 2014

Serbian PM condemns attacks on Albanians in football row

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s prime minister on Friday condemned a spate of attacks on Albanian-owned businesses in the three days since a football match between the two countries descended into a brawl, but said he had not yet decided whether to let his Albanian counterpart go ahead with a visit to Belgrade next week.

A diplomatic row over Tuesday’s abandoned game is threatening to derail the trip by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, seen as a chance to reset ties after a long history of tensions between the Balkan countries.