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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.

Oct 16, 2014

Serbia to salute Putin but sees future with Europe

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin is guest of honor at a military parade in Belgrade on Thursday to mark 70 years since the city’s liberation by the Red Army, a visit loaded with symbolism as Serbia walks a tightrope between the Europe it wants to join and a big-power ally it cannot leave behind.

The United States and European Union are unlikely to welcome the sight of Putin taking the salute at a parade of more than 3,000 Serbian soldiers while NATO says Russian troops are fighting on the side of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Sep 28, 2014

Behind wall of police, Serbia hosts first gay Pride since 2010

BELGRADE, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Gay rights activists in Serbia
held their first Pride march in four years on Sunday, walking
through Belgrade streets emptied of traffic and pedestrians by a
massive security operation.

Thousands of riot police with armoured vehicles, water
cannon, horses and shields sealed off streets leading to the
site of the short march from the government headquarters to
parliament, to prevent a repeat of running battles with hardline
nationalists and football hooligans that took place in 2010.

Sep 26, 2014

Serbia turns to Hungary for gas as its inflows from Russia down

NOVI SAD, Serbia, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Serbia’s chief gas
distributor said it hoped to reserve 200 million cubic metres
(mcm) of gas in neighbouring Hungary for the coming winter,
while its own inflows of Russian gas were down by 20 percent for
a third day on Friday.

Serbia, heading for the beginning of its winter heating
season next month, risks finding itself on the front line as
Russia reduces the supply of gas to Europe. The Balkan country’s
energy sector is already under strain since major flooding in
May inundated a coal mine supplying its biggest power plant.

Sep 16, 2014

Main owner of Bulgaria’s Corpbank surrenders in Serbia-source

BELGRADE, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Tsvetan Vassilev, the majority
owner of Bulgaria’s troubled Corporate Commercial Bank
(Corpbank), surrendered on Tuesday to police in Serbia on an
international arrest warrant for embezzlement, a senior source
at Serbia’s interior ministry said.

Corpbank has been at the centre of Bulgaria’s worst
banking crisis since the 1990s, after a run on deposits in June
prompted the central bank to seize the lender, the country’s
fourth biggest, and close its operations.

Sep 16, 2014

Balkans hit by fresh flooding; three dead

BELGRADE (Reuters) – One person died in Serbia and authorities scrambled to evacuate hundreds of others from villages threatened by rising rivers, officials said on Tuesday, in scenes recalling the devastating May flooding that killed dozens.

The Serbian government has declared a state of emergency in three eastern municipalities along the River Danube – Kladovo, Negotin and Majdanpek – after several days of heavy rainfall.